Im English, with Polish girlfriend,
We worked together for many years all over europe as keepers for different ZooCollections which eventually resulted in a house full of Birds.
The Internet being as it is a Greek friend was made, who explained to me the eco related issues with Fires & native animals being shot, so after 2yrs of planning, numerous visits with Gov officials, we shipped our collection of 40+ birds of prey here to make an educational project for schools.
We have been in Athens since December 2010 and have never regretted it!
One thing i will say thou...
Things could have been a lot harder if it were not the awesome greek guy that is my closest friend now!