by Markus Stolz

I have been living in Greece for six years, and even now it sometimes happens to me that I feel bewildered whilst dealing with usually routine situations. Every now and then I fall prey to some of the more deplorable tactics used in this country. The weather is still warm and mild in Athens, but surely the colder season is just around the corner. Therefore my wife ordered 1800 litres of heating oil to take us through the winter months, and last Thursday morning the truck arrived to deliver. All oil tanks have a way to measure oil content, to enable a household to monitor consumption as well as the quantity of oil addition. It’s very commonly done via an ...

It is always an experience to travel with Greeks; my personal highlight is to travel with ...

This is a very special post for the Only in Greece column, as it is written by the most important person in my life - my wife Alexandra. She gives a great insight into how the "southern" cultures work. Simply read and enjoy - I am so proud of her! Photo by Ramazan Sahin I am Alek, Markus’s wife, Greek, age 41, four kids, two dogs, ...

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Greeks are often temperamental people. It is nearly impossible to drive through Athens without someone yelling at you or gesturing wildly at you. For me, this is in fact a valuable learning experience for slang words, and it works wonders if I put up a friendly smile and ask the aggressor with my German dialect to repeat the tirade ...

The average Greek citizen is very opinionated about politics. Seriously, people are genuinely interested in politics; it is a part of the Greek culture. So is drama; citizens here just love it. If a scandal breaks lose, everyone knows about it and discusses it at great length. This is one of the reasons why it is hard to escape politics ...

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