by Markus Stolz

Greeks are extremely generous people. Sometimes when two different cultures come together, the outcome can be surprising. I am of German heritage, and before we settled down in Greece my family and me lived for 18 months in a small German village called Oberjosbach. It is not easy for newcomers to make contact in such a small rural community, so we invited everybody who lived in our street around for drinks and food. The event was a success and the ice was broken. A few days later we invited a couple ...

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

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 ...

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Greeks interpret even basic traffic regulations differently than most of us. Somehow the relaxed way of enjoying life does not extend to driving. Even worse, it is replaced with the passionate temperament only Greeks seem to be capable of. Life on the roads is fast and furious. Where in most countries the normal reaction to a ...

When I am in need for urgent help that requires some kind of service, my expectations in Greece are low. If that need arises on a Sunday morning, I know better than to even hope for a solution. I learned that one exception exists: Last year in August we were due to leave for our family summer vacation. On a Saturday evening, I checked ...