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Old 31st October 2011, 11:48 AM
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Hi all,

I am new to the forum but not to Greece. I've lived in the village of Eresos, on Lesbos since 2004. During that time I have returned to England a few times to work for periods of a few months to a year but am happily back here now.

I live on my own in a simple village house 4 km back from the madness of the beach and love village life. All is not always good with the locals but everyone "foreign" to the Eressians e.g. Athenians, other Greeks or anyone not from the village, gets the same treatment and mild suspicion. Generally its a great place to live though. I especially love the out of season time here.

I've just found this forum while googling to try and find a decent wood burning stove in Greece so will post that question seperately.

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Welcome to the forum, Pam! It's great to have you! I can understand the village "dynamic" too. With my Greek husband we lived for a year in a village of 150 people and that was quite... interesting, to say the least! Now we're living in a city and I'm enjoying that too - everything has it's pros and cons for sure.

I've never been to Lesvos and would love to visit someday, I've heard great things about it.

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Thanks for the welcome wka. The city must be very interesting! I miss some aspects of city life but as I have family in England I go back there for a fix of that life when I can.

Lesbos is lovely, and quite diverse from one side of the island - green and tree covered; to the other - volcanic and rugged. Its very popular with bird watchers in the spring as it is gets some fab migratory birds.

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Hi

I've 'stuck' this thread so that it doesn't get lost - great idea wka


I actually live in Spain & have done for 8 years - we very nearly chose Greece, but with 2 kids we decided that a new language at school was enough to deal with, let alone a whole new alphabet too!!

in retrospect they would probably have been fine, in fact the elder of the 2 is now studying Greek at school (her 5th language!)!!! lol!


although we're very happy in Spain we haven't ruled out retirement in Greece - my OH lived on Corfu for a few years in his early 20s - so we might come & beg advice in about 6 years or so (when the youngest finishes school & heads off to uni )

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Xabiachica, thanks for the sticky!

Corfu is wonderful. My husband lived there in his 20s as well - he went to university there, as did most of his friends - so he keeps talking about moving back there. It's sort of a dream ... we're still decades away from doing it but it's fun to talk about! Funny because his roommate at college was from Spain and just moved back to Spain a few days ago after many years here, still one of my husband's best friends, and we keep talking about going to Spain to visit him. (He's been, I haven't.) It would be in Saragossa

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Corfu is wonderful. My husband lived there in his 20s as well - he went to university there, as did most of his friends - so he keeps talking about moving back there. It's sort of a dream ... we're still decades away from doing it but it's fun to talk about! Funny because his roommate at college was from Spain and just moved back to Spain a few days ago after many years here, still one of my husband's best friends, and we keep talking about going to Spain to visit him. (He's been, I haven't.) It would be in Saragossa
my elder daughter has been told that there is to be an 'official end of obligatory school' trip in the spring - maybe a cruise to/around Italy maybe a cruise to/around the Greek islands

I know which I'd choose - but I'm trying to persuade her to vote & persuade her classmates to vote for Italy - I want us to 'do' the Greek islands in the summer as a family

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Hi WKA,
It was so nice to hear your story. I am also an American married to a Greek and love it here. If you should make it down to the Peloponnese - Nafplio area send me an e-mail and we can meet up for a coffee.

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I've noticed very happily increased posting on the Greece forum lately - including some new faces

I thought I'd just start a little intro thread, anyone who wants to say a little about themselves it would be nice to get to know each other a little better. So pitch in if you like. I'll start:

I'm American, married to a Greek (he's a teacher), and we live in Thrace which as you know is in the far northeastern corner of Greece. It's actually one of the most beautiful areas of Greece - which I did not expect when we came here. After living in the Cyclades for about 16 months and before that in Athens for about a year, I thought southern Greece was the "way to go." I've been really pleasantly surprised by the pace of life and the folks up here in northern Greece. The food is amazing, prices are significantly below southern Greece levels, and people are so so nice! When we first moved here, I couldn't believe it: people everywhere laughing and smiling! People we didn't know on city streets talking to us! After Athens and the islands where I didn't get a lot of smiles, it feels very warm and welcoming here.

We were planning to stay here for the long term. Now we're not so sure... with some of the recent changes, it's becoming more difficult to plan for our future. But we have at least a few more years here before we consider if we'll move (either somewhere in Europe, or back to the US). I sincerely hope we stay; it will come down to a financial decision though, in the end.

I think it would be fun if we could get to know each other a little better around here... thanks in advance to anyone who posts

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Hi Shawna,

Ahhh Nafplio!! Such a lovely town! My work takes me through Nafplio regularly, and it's always so much fun to go there. I always leave at least a kilo heavier... all that darn gelato of course. I think there are a few other members living in Nafplio on here too.

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I'm so glad that I found this thread and that there are others out there who love Greece as much as I do! I'm Greek-American and I moved here about 5 years ago..I always wanted to come and live here and even though I really, really miss my family and friends in NY I have never regretted the decision I made.

EriEli it's the same with my family back in NY...my mom was born in Andros and moved to NY when she was 9, and when I visit during Christmas she keeps trying to persuade me to move back and I try to persuade here to move to Andros instead.. how can anyone choose NY over a beautiful greek island anyway! lol....

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I've noticed very happily increased posting on the Greece forum lately - including some new faces

I thought I'd just start a little intro thread, anyone who wants to say a little about themselves it would be nice to get to know each other a little better. So pitch in if you like. I'll start:

I'm American, married to a Greek (he's a teacher), and we live in Thrace which as you know is in the far northeastern corner of Greece. It's actually one of the most beautiful areas of Greece - which I did not expect when we came here. After living in the Cyclades for about 16 months and before that in Athens for about a year, I thought southern Greece was the "way to go." I've been really pleasantly surprised by the pace of life and the folks up here in northern Greece. The food is amazing, prices are significantly below southern Greece levels, and people are so so nice! When we first moved here, I couldn't believe it: people everywhere laughing and smiling! People we didn't know on city streets talking to us! After Athens and the islands where I didn't get a lot of smiles, it feels very warm and welcoming here.

We were planning to stay here for the long term. Now we're not so sure... with some of the recent changes, it's becoming more difficult to plan for our future. But we have at least a few more years here before we consider if we'll move (either somewhere in Europe, or back to the US). I sincerely hope we stay; it will come down to a financial decision though, in the end.

I think it would be fun if we could get to know each other a little better around here... thanks in advance to anyone who posts
Hi this is a good idea
we live part time in Greece and part time in England where one of us is still working for another year
we have a litle place in Peleponese near ancient messini
interests include traveling snorkelling and fishing
anyone out there with similar interests like to say hello
look forward to the flood of replies

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