As summer approaches, the more I miss the Greek summer. So thinking about this, I came to write the specific post. Today’s post is all about what I miss from Greece. And of course, I will start with summer….In winter I don’t care, but thinking that right now it is summer in Greece with all those unique beaches and islands, everyone goes to the beach and having their cocktails and (most important to me) tan under the sun, while I am in Korea, gives me a heart attack. People would say “Korea has sea arround” Well…sea yes…beaches…No. Also the available beaches in Korea, will be full of people while in Greece there is high chance you have a beach all for yourself (if you know where to go) In general, in Greek culture, there can’t be summer without going at the beach, so it really bothers me. And makes me think that as university student, living in a city with sea, I should have taken more advantage of it.
Something else I miss, is the balconies. In Greece most of the houses (if not all) have nice balconies with tables where you will drink your coffee, eat your ice cream etc. In Korea though, there isnt any balcony, and if some house have it, they will use it more as a storage place than a relaxation place. So, for me that I spend lots of hours at home, and let alone in summer, I really miss the balcony. (also I hate hanging my clothes on the drying rack INSIDE the house tsk.)
Also, watching korean dramas, I always thought it is rediculous to bribe someone with fruits. But I now know why. Fruits are so expensive in Korea. There is difference in life quality and salaries with Greece, however the prices are rediculous. I have seen basket of fruit with few apples few pears one piece of grape and one small mellon to be sold for the price of 180 euros…what is this price. This is why korean friends that visit Greece are shocked hearing that 1 kilo, yes one kilo, of some fruits can only cost few cents.
Greek food. I can make Greek food fine in my house in Korea, but most of the times, some ingredients just dont exist. So you either have to improvise or just quit. Truth is I really do miss a good pita gyros, or a greek sweet pie (bougatsa) spinach pie, feta cheese pie…and everything that ends with pie I guess….
Friends and family. While in a foreign country, there are times you miss your family and your friends, that you have spent most of your life with. There is times I would really want to be with them and hang out. You can make friends here, but it is not the same as friends from your country, you can’t share the same things, you can express yourself better with natives. Also, there is the worry, what if something happens, and you are so far away from your family so you can’t go in time to them and also they can’t come in time in Korea. And someone else I miss a lot (maybe the most) is my cat cookie. I usually call my parents to see the cat. I know they take good care of him, and I also get jelous eeing how he sleeps with my mom.
Quiet noons. In Greece, noons are extremly quiet, especially in small towns like the one I come from. You won’t hear any sound at noon rather than some birds. No cars no nothing. In Korea, people don’t have this noon siesta culture so the whole day is very noisy from cars and honks. Also, sometimes I think of going out in hours that normaly in Greece people aren’t out to avoid large groups of people, but that doesn’t work here. Every hour is a busy hour. Especially 17.30…trust me, you don’t want to be at the subway at that hour.
So this is all I can think for now. Please let me know if you would have any themes you would like to see on the blog.
See you soon!