It's all Greek to me

Last Update: July 21, 2015

So back from Greece and all I can say is wow! An amazing place with amazing food and people. The islands are like something out of a picture book with goats grazing on the hill side next to turquoise water with the scent of thyme and oregano which fills the air from the herb bushes that surround.

And how about the economic crisis I hear you say? Well to be honest the country is in economic turmoil and I really worry for the people, but the people of Greece are a carefree lot and very optimistic at that. They are resourceful too and I noted how a lot of them will grow and share food within their community.

An island we were staying on saw 500 refugees from Syria turn up on a boat one day, trying to escape their own war torn land and the locals took them into cafes and brought down pots of food to feed the hungry families that had turned up. It was a sight to behold and I thought how amazingly generous and kind they were, when a lot of them can't even get money out of their own accounts.

I see this same spirit here at WA, when people give of their time and care even when they are time poor etc. Which brings me back to my point, communities are an integral part of society and without them we are nothing...all the money in the world means diddly squat if we don't have community.

PS: The bottom pic was taken in Rhodes...and of course I had to dress my son up for the occasion (well he is one quarter Greek)

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CBKitten Premium
Great photos! So glad to hear about your experience and that you had a fine vacation. You have a wonderful writing style, too.
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Stephanie33 Premium
What a great post, Amber. You are an interesting and colourful writer as well as artist. Thanks for the insight into the financial situation as well. Mainstream economic news is someone else's agenda not what's actually happening so it's great to get an objective opinion.
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Johan1776 Premium
Great article, Amber. I visited Crete years ago. I love that culture and the food. Gyros mmmmm. Souvlaki's mmmmmm. :oD

Thanks for sparking up those awesome memories. J
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AmberSubaki Premium
Yes, we all overdosed on the gyros...missing them now though :o)
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VinceR Premium
Ahhh Greece...the sights...the music...the people...the food...the drinks (ouch)! Was there over 30 years and still remember it all. Stayed in Athens, toured the countryside and then went down to Santorini. What a beautiful island with the whitewashed houses and the blue, blue Aegean Sea. Think it's time to go back! Thanks for sharing Amber!!
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AmberSubaki Premium
YES...ouch to the drinks haha! Hopefully we can both make it back one day again!
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wello Premium
Bravo! Great Description!
Have a nice day!
Andreas
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks!
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Pisquali Premium
A great trip for you. I agree, Greece is an amazing place to visit.
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montewolfe1 Premium
Hello Amber, thanks for the post...you have a very cute family and I hope you all had a great time.

Monte
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks Monte!
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roamy Premium
Thanks for sharing Amber,hope you had a great time in Greece
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GlobalRosie Premium
Hi Amber,
Thanks for sharing about your time in Greece. I have had one trip about 25 years ago and visited a few islands and loved what I saw in the two weeks we were there. You brought back some memories!
Rosie
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AmberSubaki Premium
So glad I was able to bring up those cherished memories for you :o)
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dickw Premium
Hi Amber,
I am glad you and the kids had such a great time. I've seen much of Europe, but not Greece. But I know secondhand that it is a beautiful country and rich with history and traditions. I am so glad you got to do what so few have and experienced all that Greece has to offer....Dick
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AmberSubaki Premium
Hi Dick, glad you could drop by! Hopefully you too can get to Greece one day :o)
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JewelCarol Premium
Wow, you made me want to visit Greek, Amber dear, lol. ;)) I love yr interesting story, it is not boring at all and yr beautiful pictures, yr children look so amazing to me!! Thank you for sharing!! ;))
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks JewelCarol. We also had a ball in Singapore and ate our way around the city. We did the hawker markets, little china, little India and found a place in a shopping mall that was well known for their laksa!!! Really loved the food, the heat was another thing though lol
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JewelCarol Premium
Oh, the laksa, is it the one at Katong, Amber, lol. :)) Have a great day!! :))
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AmberSubaki Premium
Hi JewelCarol it was Jangut laksa in the queens way shopping centre!
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Sui_generis Premium
WOW. That's one of the places I would love to go. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
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AnaSantos Premium
I sounds like you had a lot of fun! Hope you vacations were relaxing at least.
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sSchovajsa Premium
Hi Amber, Thanks for sharing your adventure. Those are sure sweet pictures of you and your kids, a trip none of you are soon to forget. I can just smell the richness of their herbs and feel their warm hospitality. Thanks again for your time in posting such a pleasant experience.
God bless you,
Sharon
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks for your lovely comments Sharon, I'm glad I painted the picture of our experiences well :o)
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hostelgirl Premium
Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
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mbrin37 Premium
What a great trip and such wonderful exposure to a bevy of ancient architecture and history. I would imagine that it was an inspirational treasure chest to your creative mind. Welcome home and take a deep breath as it is time to start drawing again. Cheers... :)
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AmberSubaki Premium
It was very inspirational, I'm keen to draw from the experiences so to speak :o)
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SStarrs Premium
Lovely post . Loved the photos.
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Kyle Premium
Looks like you had a wonderful time and so did the kids! I have always wanted to go to Greece, definitely on the list (perhaps when the little one is a bit older).

I couldn't agree with you more. Money is nothing without community and without happiness. That is where I think a lot of people are misguided, money will not make you any happier.

It can make some things easier, but if you have it without the passion or love of what you are doing (which is what the Internet affords) and if you are not in a happy place, it can be tough to enjoy the rewards of your success.

Awesome post and welcome back!
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AmberSubaki Premium
Hello there Kyle and many thanks for stopping by my post. I'm sure you'll get to Greece one of these days, there is so much rich history and culture to be had there.

The kids loved all the museums and churches as they got to light a candle in every one they went into. Even though my son is 5 and may not remember a lot, he still had a ball.

Being in Greece really resonated a sense of community and it showed me how people can pull together in times of trouble...The community that we have here at WA echo's the same vibration in many ways.

Many thanks again for your time to respond on my post...much appreciated!
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despatis Premium
Great holiday posting and beautiful pictures Amber! And then God said: "Let there be Sexy people". So He made the Greeks.

Thanks for sharing,
Desmond
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AmberSubaki Premium
So does that make me half sexy Desmond? lol
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Indi-Em Premium
Your kids are so beautiful and your son is just too cute in his little outfit.

I was in Rhodes last year in July for a holiday and it's a beautiful island. I had a wonderful time discovering it.

I have also visited Athens and Crete. Greece is a gorgeous country.

I also agree that it's not the Greek people's fault that this has been happening to them. It's awful that they have had to suffer this hardship and humiliation.

Grece is the craddle of our civilization, let's not forget that. You just have to visit all the monuments to see just how much of our culture comes from them.

Let's not forget Aristotle; Plato; the mythology ; the first Olympic games among others.

Not because of that, of course, but it drives me crazy how they have been maligned by so many. I feel that they deserve to receive the financial help that they are getting at last.

Above all the Greek people should get their dignity restored.and must get back the respect that they deserve from the rest of the world.

Sorry for the rant.

Emilie
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AmberSubaki Premium
No, it's not a rant Emilie...it's care and compassion that you have for the country and people. Very beautiful to see in a human...thanks for weighing in x
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GinaGo Premium
Amazing. I would love to visit Greece. The food must have been wonderful. Beautiful kids! Thank you for sharing.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I'll never look at yoghurt and honey the same way again...a few kilos were added onto my thighs too lol
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bsmith1222 Premium
I envy you in this venture. Thanks for sharing
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AmberSubaki Premium
You wouldn't envy the jet lag i've had though haha. It's 3am here in oz and I'm wide awake :o(
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deos331557 Premium
Thanks for sharing Amber, sounds like you had an amazing visit. You have two beautiful children, I am sure they enjoyed the adventure.
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AmberSubaki Premium
They loved every minute of it...my son is obsessed with olives so he ate them every morning we were there!
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ewhitehead12 Premium
Just beautiful!
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Kathy331 Premium
Looks like a beautiful place, love the photos. :)
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blanza Premium
Thank you for sharing. We only hear about the negative.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I always try to find a positive in everything :o)
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nurseannie Premium
thank you for sharing your experience...AM
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MoritzS Premium
Great pictures.
I have been to Crete twice and loved it.
It is such an old country even for European standards.
Rich history.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I know what you mean...In Australia we look at buildings that are 150 years old and think they are old and then you stand in front of ceramics that are dated at 500BC you shake your head in amazement.
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MoritzS Premium
I am from Germany but Greece's history is still way older than ours.
I did like to see aboriginal art and culture while I was in Australia.
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Loes Premium
Thanks for this story about the Greek, it's not the Greeks which are causing all problems in Greece,

It are the banks, who have invested stupid, and now want their money back, and so they have created a system to inject Greece.

The Greece have to pay of the bank loans from that injection, and the debt is transferred from the banks to the Greeks.

So eventually, in short said: The Greece people are getting the debt and the European people are paying off the stupidity of all foreign banks, and the banks are becoming the laughing third.
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AmberSubaki Premium
They sure are Loes, when we were there people could only get 60 euro out per day...some people couldn't even access their accounts. I would of been frantic but the people on the island we were staying on were very calm about it...kind of eerie
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Loes Premium
They are fooled by the Governments
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CBKitten Premium
Hi! Loes,

There was a post (I'm pretty sure it was here at WA) about "Bank Robs Man," which your comment reminded me of. If you should run across it, maybe you'd want to add it to your comment at a later date.
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Loes Premium
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speedking Premium
Amber,yes indeed i have a lot of respect for the Greek people . Have done a lot of business with them when i resided in South Africa. Theres quite a large Greek community there, and they contributed much to the Super market/corner cafe business world.Im forever thankfull to them for introducing democracy to the world ..........many , many years ago. They will survive and the EU should treat them with more respect and give them a fare chance to get onto there feet again........lets salute and stand together for this interesting and ancient nation as they have lots to offer. Take care, Johan.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Thank you Johan, I am half Greek...it was my first time there too :o)
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Dgegegegwg Premium
I know someone who sails his boat there all summer. I'd love to make it over there someday.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I'd love to go back again, and sailing around there would be just the ticket. There were some very fancy yachts parked on some of the islands :o)
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Dgegegegwg Premium
He actually charters his catamaran there...and then runs a dive boat in FL in the winter.
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NemiraB Premium
Wonderful, seems that you had good time:) Now you full of energy and will be back here, do you?
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AmberSubaki Premium
Yes, I must say that the energy there has revitalised me. I'm still super jet lagged but it was worth it!
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sotiris1 Premium
Went to Athens for my 40th Birthday last year stayed beside the Acropolis one of my favourite places :-)
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AmberSubaki Premium
That Acropolis holds a lot of powerful energy, it really is like a living thing...great place for your 40th too. I turned 40 at the start of the year :o)
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sotiris1 Premium
Yeah my dad was from Athens, I have a brother and sister there still feels like home even if I lived in Northern Ireland since I was 6 years old..
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rwagener Premium
Glad you had a great time. Was in Greece 2 years ago for my brother-in-laws wedding. An amazing place.
Thanks for sharing.
Richard
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AmberSubaki Premium
It sure is Richard!
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freedom1207 Premium
Beautiful Amber, just read your amazing blog with my morning coffee. What an unbelievable experience you and your family have had. Your powerful observations at the heart level of the people you observed and their loving generosity has warmed my heart this morning. You are so correct in what you say about the importance of community. I feel blessed to be part of this great one here at WA. Thank you Amber. Warmly and with love, Heather
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AmberSubaki Premium
Beautiful comments as always dear Heather...thinking of you and may you have an amazing day (I'm sure you will ;o))
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freedom1207 Premium
Forgot to mention how sweet and adorable your children are!
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AmberSubaki Premium
lol looks can be deceiving, I love them so much but they run me into the ground most days haha...they are both very energetic lets say
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