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maria verivaki
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Cretan gastronomy
Sneak preview of what I'll be discussing soon, in good company (more details later). Crete is the largest island of Greece, with a permanent population of 600,000. At 8500 sq. km., it is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. Blessed by the gods, un...
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ERASMUS work placements at MAICh
It's really heartening to hear such good words about the work and study experiences offered at my workplace. The ERASMUS students of MAICh discuss their reasons for applying to study here. (The post will eventually be updated with photos.) The Mediterranean...
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Athens 2016: Syntagma Square (Σύνταγμα)
On first glance, Syntagma Square may look like an ordinary busy square that's a good place to get photographed in the centre of Athens, just as any large imposing square is in any other European capital city. Sometimes, it feels like the heart of Athens; bu...
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A very white view of Brexit
In all the Brexit discussions, I have not come across any discussion of the similarities between the Greek and the UK referenda. There are so many similarities, at least to me, and I wonder how the great economics analysts have missed this point, or maybe t...
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Brexit
This song was playing on my local radio station this morning, right after Brexit was announced: We took the wrong route, and don't ask how or why, we found ourselves in this deadlock. You might be to blame, maybe I am to blame, perhaps it was just meant to ...
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Last Lands Conquered
My latest quilt project is about how the world was conquered. Many of the fabrics were collected from scraps, repurposed fabrics (eg curtains), used clothing and gifts from friends.  The design of the quilt top is broadly based on a pattern I found on the w...
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Samaria Gorge (Φαράγγι της Σαμαριάς)
Last weekend, I went on a trek through the  Samaria Gorge  with the students from my workplace at  MAICh . The Samaria Gorge, which is extremely well documented in the web, is a 13km ravine created from the path of a river between a mountain plateau and the...
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Osama Atef, Egypt:
This is the first time for me in Greece and specifically in Hania. From the moment I arrived in Hania I recognized the calm beauty and nature. It makes me feel the peaceful calm and enjoyment, as I come from Cairo, which has the largest population, nearly the same as the whole population in Greece and more, which is around 12 million, that means a crowd and a lot of malls and shopping areas and a non-sleeping city that is interesting but sometimes you feel so nervous and not comfortable and you need the calm peace green side of living that is found in Hania.

Hania inspired me and helped me to study with its beautiful scenery and amazing nature and beautiful beaches, which helped me to relax and have more time to think without being stressed, which is important during study time, as well as staying in MAICh, which has a beautiful garden and green areas all around. This has a great positive effect in focusing and quiet studying.

I liked the quiet places, the beauty of the colors of buildings that gives you joy during a walk, the helpful people and the smiles on the faces of waiters and people working in stores, which is a reflection of the beauty and calm of the place on the people.

The working hours of stores were confusing, and the city in the early night is mainly all closed expect for some cafes but I knew after a while that this is the system of the city and I respected that.

Living in Hania I understood that there is a lot in common between the Egyptians and the Greek people. We are friendly, our cultures are close, as well as our architecture. Also I learned a lot of information about Greek history and I was surprised to hear that harbor area was built at one time by the Egyptians.

Regarding Europe, as Greece was my first gate, I think it has some of the same characteristics of Mediterranean countries but they helped me more to understand their way of life and thinking and added to my experience through interactions and living with the Greek people around me. I liked also the respect for traffic issues that drivers show in Hania; they are careful because of the narrow streets .

As a general evaluation for my year it was very interesting and I learned a lot and enjoyed myself during my stay and study period in Hania. For sure, it will be one of the first places that I will revisit several times.
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Athens 2016: Lost grandeur (Χαμένα μεγαλεία)
Running through the centre of Athens are two imposing avenues that connect the two major Athenian landmarks of Syntagma and Omonoia Squares. Stadiou and Panepistimiou Streets were where, a quarter of a century ago, I would come to go shopping. Stadiou is wh...
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think that in the brexit debate, immigration is rightfully seen as a problem. Countries whose economies are doing well have a lot of migrants. But countries  like Greece don't. We can't have this mi d of magnet force pulling people in on e direction. This affects the services that  a country can provide. And it also affects the fabric of society that makes up communities. Outside capital cities where you can be anonymous, this societal makeup is highly observable - and not all people can cope with an influx of foreigners in what was once a 'monovarietal' community. That's when racism and prejudice starts. There have to be plans in place to deal.with that
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The Brexit result tells us something that we should face up to. It's very similar to the moment when SYRIZA won the elections in Greece in January 2015, a result I didn't want, and didn't believe would be good for the country. I now think that I was wrong - while Greece has continued to be plagued by economic, social and political problems, Greeks needed a change of regime to change their way of thinking. Precisely because the unknown and untried entered the scene, whose course did not run smoothly, Greeks were forced to undergo a re-evaluation of the values they prioritised, and what they identified with. Greece has in fact become a better country because of this, and has shown above all the greatest level of humanity for a Western country. I think the Brexit result is the impetus that the UK needed for the same thing to happen: Westerners tend to become too easily complacent in their comforts. The road towards becoming a better country will be a long and difficult one, but it's not all the doom and gloom that is mainly being written about it at the moment. Theresa May says Brexit means Brexit, but I get the feeling she didn't actually know what Brexit meant at the time when she said that. She's learning its meaning along with the whole country!
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i believe that the greek referendum was not much different from the british referendum
both referenda showed a very stark divide in the country - the groups who voted for OXI/LEAVE are very similar, as are the groups who voted for NAI/REMAIN
in the greek case, the implications of the referendum were overturned by the government (in the foreign press, the expression is 'delayed')
in the british case - well, we must wait and see
i suspect everyone has seen the grphics of the vote by now: https://www.facebook.com/maria.verivaki/posts/10209553425249523?pnref=story
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