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Sojourn in the Netherlands
Two weeks in the Netherlands*, my lucky break this year. "How come, Maria?" I was often asked, as if it isn't common to travel abroad for work purposes. The short version of the story goes something like this: It was being increasingly noticed by various pe...

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Filotimo (Φιλότιμο)
The BBC recently put up a discussion about a Greek word that can't be translated: φιλότιμο (fiLOtimo). The reason for this probably lies in the fact that Greeks can't quite themselves decide what it means: "It seems that not only does the word remain untran...

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Walls
"Walls are hot right now"  Banksy, wall artist, and creator of the newly opened Walled Out Hotel in Palestine https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/banksy-opens-bethlehem-barrier-wall-hotel The oldest walls delineating the limits of the town of Hani...

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If they could hear themselves speak
Prologue:  "What you expect woman? Yes, just this! What you expect? Everyone live like this. There has been a war. Houses bombed. I know plenty people live worse than this. What you want? ... There has been a war here. Everyone live like this." ( Small Isla...

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People waiting
“Come on you. Let’s go you, people are waiting.”  Quote from "America America" by Elia Kazan Immigration is high on the agenda of the global world these days. Not all doors are open though; some doors are even having walls built over them so that they can n...

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maria verivaki commented on a post on Blogger.
"No turning back now. The internet has killed the High Street and I'm as guilty as anyone. It started with books and CD's which I discovered could be bought cheaper on Amazon. Then, like most others, I quickly discovered that you could buy everything from washing machines to North Face parkas cheaper on line. Add in the horrific parking facilities in town and cities, the all pervading atmosphere of gloom, dereliction and decay, the homeless sleeping in doorways, the litter and grime...etc" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/12/high-streets-new-shops-new-ideas-suzanne-moore#comments

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Empty shops
One of the classic descriptions of the appearance of Greek cities today is the 'empty shops' syndrome, which stretches as far back as the beginning of the crisis: From the empty shops, to the half-full theatres, restaurants, concert halls and hotels, the si...

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maria verivaki commented on a post on Blogger.
Another excellent read on why Europe is a great place to be at the moment
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/01/european-citizens-have-never-had-it-so-good

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A non-EU Greece
My son making dakos in Budapest On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the EU, my family was reaping the benefits of being a member of the EU. My son was visiting Budapest on an ERASMUS high school exchange trip (all expenses paid); my daughter was brie...

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She, Daniela Blake
I spent a whole morning yesterday observing the goings on at my local ΙΚΑ (recently renamed ΕΟΠΠΥ, and even more recently, ΠΕΔΥ) branch, as I was waiting for my turn to update a health document.  The woman walked through the doors, holding a plastic superma...
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