Bridge in the sky

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My parents came to visit us for a few days recently. And it seemed a shame not to show my dad the amazing mountains surrounding our house. After a bit of searching we decided to check out an area that I also had yet to discover: the Rindomo Gorge and the amazing feat of engineering that is the Pigadiotiko […]

In amongst the vines

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We had only been at Elpidohori for a few days and already we were starting to feel settled and get to know the locals. Demetri, a local organic wine and olive oil producer and good friend of Erato, invited us over to the local village to see his vines. Lazoros, Evi and a very excited […]

Moving to Greece

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Yes folks, it’s official. We have left Freiburg and now live in Greece! It’s been a long time coming, but we’re so happy to have taken this major step. The past weeks have been rather tiring and hectic, but all the effort was worth it. I was especially busy because I needed to fly back […]

Workshops at Free and Real – Nutrition

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One of the things I was looking forward to most about coming to Free and Real were the regular workshops that they organise. It worked out perfectly because I would be able to attend three workshops during my six week stay in Evia: nutrition; mushrooms and funghi; and soap making. The first workshop was on […]

Urban Gardening in Athens

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The Greek capital is changing. Slowly, but it’s changing. Marousi, where Vicky’s parents live, is the first municipality in Athens to introduce an official urban gardening scheme. The idea is simple: take a disused, vacant piece of land and divide it into sections. Then let local residents apply for a section on a first-come, first-served […]

Back at Free and Real

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When I left Free and Real in June, I knew I would be back again before the end of the year. It’s that sort of a place. It took slightly longer than I expected (six months in fact), but I was very happy to be finally heading back to Evia. The last time I was […]

Catholics and Rebetiko in Ano Syros

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One evening our group was taken to explore the winding white-washed alleys of Ano Syros, a quaint little village that was founded by the Venetians back in the 12th century. Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the capital Hermoupolis, the village is dominated by its Roman Catholic Basilica, Agios Giorgos. After a short […]

Dancing and Cooking like a Greek

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From my experience so far, cooking and dancing are two of Greece’s favourite past-times. It therefore seemed rather fitting that we would learn how (or at least try) to cook and dance like a Greek during our time in Syros. First up: dancing! We hopped on a bus and headed to a local school to […]

Loukoumia & Halvadopita

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Syros isn’t just famous for it’s rich history, it’s also well-known for its rich local specialities: loukoumia and halvadopita. My greek class went to a local factory to find out more! Loukoumia can be best described as something similar to turkish delight. It’s made of a mixture of cornflour, sugar and various flavourings. The cornflour […]

Learning Greek on Syros

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Back in January a friend of Vicky’s (thanks again Anastassia!) told me about a little-known EU-funded programme that promotes adult education throughout Europe. I took a closer look at the courses offered under the Grundtvig Programme  (well worth a look by the way) and saw an all expenses paid 10-day Greek course on an island […]