Bex blogs at Leaving Cairo, the UK, and Back to Greece. She is quite the world traveler and she writes about places that many of us will only dream of ever going. Visit her blog and let her take you away. Today she takes us to her adopted country of Greece. This country has been getting some bad press of late and Bex wants to address some of these issues in this guest post.
Common misconceptions about Greece
As an EFL teacher, I had started my career in
pre-CELTA as a volunteer for 3 months. I soon realised I loved teaching and after completing the CELTA, decided I wanted to continue my visit to far flung destinations, anything in Europe to my mind was not far enough removed, both geographically and culturally. Sri Lanka
How wrong could I be? Thinking I would spend just one year in
to gain experience and move on, 3 and a half years later I find myself loving this diverse country and choosing to stay. Greece
Unfortunately there are some common misconceptions about
and the Greeks, especially with the International media’s reportage. I hope to give you a slightly clearer picture here: Greece
1) They throw plates a lot
2) Greeks are lazy
|Fisherman mending his net.|
3) Greeks are always rioting
Oh dear – the International Media have a lot to answer for don’t they?! Bombarding us with pictures of rioting Greeks in Syntagma (Parliament) Square.
Greeks have always been a passionate race and due to hard austerity passed down to them, instead of sitting around moaning about it – they take to the streets and demonstrate. Unfortunately, occasionally these demonstrations can turn nasty – but invariable it’s by a minority of people instigating it. I’ve been quite happily sitting at home, updating my blog when the phone’s rung and a panicky voice of one of my friends had bleated down the line:
“Oh my God! I’ve just seen the news – are you OK?!” for me to reply“What are you talking about?”
I’m sure the media use ‘library footage’ a lot. Remember, the majority of Greeks are NOT violent people. Which brings me onto:
is constantly burning Athens
5) Greeks spend all day in the coffee shops/Kafeneos
So I do hope you’ll come and enjoy all this country has to offer. I, for one, feel like an honorary Greek, which is an honour indeed. These people have taken me into the bosom of their homes, fed me, looked after me and accepted me. I love
Have you ever been to Greece? Have you been to Cairo? What is your dream place to visit? Perhaps Bex has been there and can tell you about it.