Catholics and Rebetiko in Ano Syros

Vamvakaris

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

Syros Dancing

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

Halvadopita

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

Hotel View Syros

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 […]