Saturday, May 23, 2009

83 Reasons For Greek Pride

This list of what it means to be Greek comes from an email which has been doing the rounds. We don't know who the original author was and it didn't come in the form of a numbered list, we've restructured it that way so its easier to talk about.

Why do We Fancy Ourselves For Being Greek?
  1. Because we buy whole watermelons and not in slices.
  2. Because we buy whole lambs and not in pieces.
  3. Because nights in Greece finish in the morning.
  4. Because we take our coffee slowly, while smoking and not in "shots"
  5. Because flirting is our national hobby.
  6. Because sex is our national sport.
  7. Because we always moan about the public sector and everyone seeks to get a job in it .
  8. Because we are not puritans.
  9. Because we are not racists.
  10. Because we cheat openly, without trying to hide it.
  11. Because we go out almost every night even if we are penniless.
  12. Because we know how to spend better than we know how to save.
  13. Because we never visit others empty handed.
  14. Because there is no way to explain to foreigners what is "kapsoura" (burning desire for someone).
  15. Because in Greece family is still something valuable.
  16. Because we do not share the petrol with those we take in our cars.
  17. Because we always make it, albeit in the last moment.
  18. Because we were slaves for 400 years yet never bring that up as an excuse for our current state.
  19. Because for the sake of a woman we made war for 10 years (Trojan War).
  20. Because we are everywhere around the planet.
  21. Because we love and hate with passion. Because "filotimo" (friend of honor, helping someone because it is a shame not to), does not exist in any other language.
  22. Because whenever foreigners cannot find a word, they use one of ours. Because we spend our bad and low times with our friends and family, not with shrinks.
  23. Because Socrates, Pluto and Aristotle were Greek.
  24. Because we invented theatre.
  25. Because we gave birth to Democracy.
  26. Because we discovered logic.
  27. Because we jump started science.
  28. Because we are proud of our culture, not of our wars.
  29. Because when others were discovering meat, we already had cholesterol.
  30. Because we gave the light to all these leaders who are "striving" for peace by making wars.
  31. Because we can give anything up just to make love.
  32. Because hundreds of European women travel to Greek Islands every summer just to get laid.
  33. Because we have a distinction between Eros (falling in love) and Agapi (innocent love), while we feel both of them passionately.
  34. Because Eros was a Greek God.
  35. Because we change our cars every three years, our mobile phones every year and our lover every three days.
  36. Because when others used to be clothed with wolf skin we were weaving see-through linen.
  37. Because "Greeks do not fight as heroes, heroes fight like Greeks".(Winston Churchill, 1941)
  38. Because we don't use ketchup with our food - it tastes good anyway.
  39. Because we gave our ancient alphabet to the Romans and our Medieval alphabet to the Slavs.
  40. Because we converted all of Eastern Europe into Christians.
  41. Because we get angry quickly but we forget all about it even quicker.
  42. Because we are not ashamed to cry.
  43. Because we dance when we are sad.
  44. Because we work to live and we do not live to work.
  45. Because 97% of the stars' names are Greek.
  46. Because although we know danger well, we dare.
  47. Because when you shout "brother" in the streets everyone turns around.
  48. Because we always talk about getting in a diet after we had our meal.
  49. Because we speak loudly and laugh even louder.
  50. Because we do not know what anxiety is.
  51. Because, although we smoke more than anyone in the world and eat the most red meat in Europe, we live the longest in Europe.
  52. Because we are starting with "just a coffee" early afternoon and end up off our heads in the morning.
  53. Because we walk in the streets at 2:00 in the morning and there are traffic jams.
  54. Because we walk in the streets at 4:00 in the morning and there are traffic jams.
  55. Because girls are not scared to walk alone in the streets at 2:00 or 4:00 o'clock in the morning.
  56. Because the inside of all our churches are not dark, but full of light.
  57. Because we are direct.
  58. Because we know how to cheat.
  59. Because we never report people who cheat.
  60. Because we always have a solution to problems, even if usually indirect or illegal.
  61. Because we have tendencies to extremity.
  62. Because our parents do not forget that we exist when we reach 18.
  63. Because when we want to sunbathe, we go to the beach, we don't crawl on grass or jump into fountains.
  64. Because we confront every difficulty with humour.
  65. Because the Olympic Games were born here.
  66. Because our sky is blue, not grey.
  67. Because we have the cleanest seas on the planet.
  68. Because 40% of Oxford dictionary is made up with Greek words.
  69. Because we are a poor country with very rich citizens.
  70. Because we know what "Kefi" (propensity to fun) means.
  71. Because we like to spend money and eat fish while they are still fresh.
  72. Because Homer wrote Iliad 3500 years ago and Hollywood turned it into a movie just recently.
  73. Because we speak foreign languages - who learns Greek?
  74. Because Tsikoudia from Crete is the strongest drink in Europe (85% alcohol)
  75. Because we grow hallucinogenic weed without biological engineering!!
  76. Because our "model for life" has many curves.
  77. Because we wear sandals without socks.
  78. Because we get paid on Friday and we end up owing money Monday morning.
  79. Because we gave the oath "freedom or death".
  80. Because God did not choose us as his favourite people, but we always choose our Gods.
  81. Because we are European Champions in football and basketball.
  82. Because we have a small, poor country full of people with big hearts.
  83. Because only in Greece, the guy who prepares the Souvlaki asks the young lady: "What shall I put in?" And she happily replies "Please put everything in!''

There are some whoppers and some belters in there but overall we reckon it gives a pretty accurate insight into the Greek mind.

Our particular favourites:
  • the withering disdain of foreigners in numbers 22, 32 and 63.
  • the belief that its only thanks to Greece that people around the world are able to express themselves at all. (14, 21, 22, 68)
  • the outright lies (e.g, 9, 50, 51, 64 67.)
Oh well, it gave us a laugh anyway.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This boat is called the Bediah and it's been in Kalymnos for a couple of months now.

Some geezers are restoring it down at the far wharf and it just looks great. It's got a huge front that soars almost vertically out of the water.

Maybe'll get made into one of the tourist boats that carries Germans, English, Swedes and Dutch all around the little islands for scheduled pleasure.

If so it would feel like a slight waste. The Bediah should be getting used by PIRATES! Arrr.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Yes, You Can See Her Fanny

Round the corner from us is Tzinadiko which more or less means "Your jeans" but could be mistaken as meaning "her fanny".

For in the window, at just the right height for the slavering attention of the local nine-year old boys, is a picture lady's pussy.

The excuse for the muff is a packet of stockings, manufactured by a company who seem to think that a wavering customer might be swayed by the sight of a heavily-trimmed bush.

You never know.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Goat Climbs Tree: photo evidence

We knew goats were pretty handy at climbing mountains. But it wasn't until a recent trip to PSerimos that we learned they are also pretty useful in a tree situation.

The leaves up there are, presumably, tastier than the grass down there.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thankyou for Not Smoking (Two Fags at Once)

Greece is a place where smoking is still cool. However, there are some limits.

On the Pserimos ferry, this sign asks patrons to at least hold off smoking two cigrattes at once while they are on board.

Progress, one supposes.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chroscheria Castle

A local landmark is Chrysocheria Castle which stands halfway up the valley and looks down on the town. It's quite a steep walk up.

The castle which was built by Crusaders in the Middle Ages. Chrysocheria means 'golden hands' and is something to do wit ha Vrigin Mary icon which had golden hands... we don't kno the full story.

The last people to live here moved out about 300 years ago and it's pretty much a mess now. But you get a nice view down the valley and over the town.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Holy Bling

Kalymnos is big on statues and big on Priests. It follows that there are statues of priests.

This is our favourite. We reckon that, apart from that cross, this chap has two mobile phones round his neck. One for business and one for "personal".

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