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 […]

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 […]

A stay at Free and Real

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Last weekend I came back from an amazing three-day visit to Free & Real in Evia, an island north of Athens. I had only found out about the project a few weeks earlier, completely by chance as it happens whilst reading a blog by Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man – A Year of Freeconomic […]