Retail subculture

Greek or American fashionistas share equal amounts of obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to clothes. Fashion and its ability/promise to glamorize our simple...

Family

Family is an ideal. Both in the American and the Greek tradition family is up there, revered, respected, treasured and idealized. Being supportive to...

Barack Obama: our new President.

I woke up this morning (or should I say yesterday morning) both elated and scared. Dead scared. Elated the moment of truth was here....

Culture Shock regardless

There must be a certain amount of time that dooms you. A certain amount of time that once you go over it, that's that,...

Family time

Easter, Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, all fall into the category of "family time". Family time involves organizing & emotionally preparing oneself(if wise), packing, traveling,...

Summer

Summer in Greek means a whole lot more than it does in English. Naturally, everybody has the ability to take time off and enjoy...

Culture Shock: Where is a person’s home?

Home is a key word in the whole "culture shock" pavillion. Where is a person's home? What defines it? Level of comfort? Professional/financial opportunities?...

Alites

I've been thinking of a word lately. I have been overcome with the manic-obsessive urge to translate the word in English. The word is...

Designer lifestyles

I don't remember ever looking at a co-worker, student or managing director, for that matter, in the U.S. and thinking 'Wow! Isn't she what...

Greeks Like Movies Realistic, Americans Like Movies with Happy Endings

In general, Hollywood movies always contain a seamfree transition from pain to happiness and from injustice to a fair resolution. There’s trouble in paradise but it...

Easter depression

I always got unrepairably depressed at Easter. And the thing about Greek Easter is that it lasts forever. Greek Easter is not just a day and...

Greeks Believe Money Shouldn’t Buy Safety, Safety Should be Equal for All

In the 1990's there was a great difference between Athens and New York.  Athens had no gang territories back then and one could safely...

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