Meanwhile in Greece…

July dawned on Greece ominously; with shuttered banks and shattered dreams and a huge dept and a default and an upcoming referendum and queues by worried pensioners in front of the few banks that opened to facilitate people with no debit cards (in Greece, elderly pensioners without debit cards are the majority) and faintings and panic and the very real possibility of an exit from the eurozone and the EU and the unnerving uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring.

Conversations become intense – drama was after all invented here – sleep becomes troubled, plans become short-term, revolving around a YES or a NO and the knowledge that such a crucial decision now, for the first time, falls upon the people – not their elected representatives. A burden too heavy for some, an unprecedented privilege for others. A question with no straight forward answer.

But then you wake up to these (at least, if you are a lucky holidaymaker):

Sarakiniko

The lunar landscape of Sarakiniko, Milos island

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Geometrics of Plaka, Milos island

syrmata

Klima, one of the most picturesque fishing villages on Milos

Aqua

Crystal.Clear.Aqua

And wonder what the hell has happened to this country.

Then you take a deep breath, embrace the beauty and go on living. Yes or no, in our out, rain or shine (but mostly shine).

Greetings from troubled, wonderful Greece.

 

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11 thoughts on “Meanwhile in Greece…

  1. Indeed, take a deep breath and keep your spirits up! Coincidentally, I’m headed to Greece for work (in a few hours – got to get some sleep now) and am leaving on the day of the Greek referendum. Let’s catch up when we’re all back in Brussels, which by the way, has been incredibly sunny and hot!

    • The best way to keep spirits up is NOT to watch Greek TV right now (not ever really). They just add up to the madness and make things so much worse!
      I hope you’re going to Mykonos, Athens is depressing these days, even (especially) for work.
      I’m reading about the heatwave in Brussels, gosh we’re missing all the fun 🙂
      Definitely catch up soon! xxx

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