How to have a small wedding abroad and survive your Greek family’s wrath

To save you the trouble of reading the rest of the post here is the easy answer: Be sufficiently old (over 35 will do) or sufficiently independent for them to have given up on you ever tying the knot – making just the fact that you are getting married enough for them to be eternally relieved and grateful for about five minutes.  Continue reading

Our big fat Greek wedding

The moment we decided to get married (yes, this happened) the world shifted. Not in some romantic googly eyes sort of way but in a social norms kind of way. People who tell you that “nothing changes”? They lie. Continue reading

My list for Nairobi

One more of my lists this time for Nairobi, Kenya. Things and places and stuff. Last updated: 5 December 2016.

<3 to A.R. who shared the Nairobi she loves with me and her memories of the place

My lists are always incomplete. Continue reading

Stuff on a Cretan wedding and circle dancing

Just in case you hadn’t heard, young Greeks seem to be migrating abroad en masse. I moved over a decade ago and I used to be one of the very few who had to take an international flight to be at a special occassion but lately more and more of us at those events come from abroad.

This time we took a trip for a wedding taking place in Ierapetra, Crete (the city of never ending summer as my friend Z. calls it).  Continue reading

Travel (and how it’s not about places)

Recently I have been lucky enough (or “blessed” as my American friends tend to say) to travel a lot.

I was going through my photos from a recent trip to Italy tonight, trying to select the ones I’d like to print in a photo-book (yes, I do that, I know I’m old school).

It’s funny. We all take photos of interesting places and most of us, my self included, never manage to capture the essence of a place. Continue reading

Real neighbourhoods: Where to stay in Athens

One of my pet hates when I travel is not being able to find true, local and non touristy information about city neighbourhoods. Things like the vibe, the feel of the place as well as commuting info. The assumption that all travellers want to stay in the dead centre of a city irks me.

I grew up in Athens, so here are some notes about neighbourhoods I know some things about. As always, this is my personal insight – please let me know of any other places I should add. Continue reading

My list for Athens

My list of cool things to do/ see/ drink/ eat in Athens. Primarily for me to remember but hey, you might enjoy them too.

Know more good places? Let me know, I’ll visit and consider adding to the list.

Last updated whenever the date of this post is. Continue reading

Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

I remember the siege of Dubrovnik, have I ever mentioned that? I was 11 at the time, safe in the knowledge that food was being cooked, the school would be there the next morning and my sister would fall asleep before me so that I could read my book under the duvet. The city burning was like something out of one of my books. I could understand it in terms of what I knew or what I was being taught at school, like the 1453 siege of Constantinople perhaps. Continue reading

Stuff about Reykjavik and Iceland

Let me tell you, two days are NOT enough. I had to quickly drop by Reykjavik and I am in love. What a fascinating place.

Here are some stuff that stuck on my mind. Continue reading

Stuff that Sofia eats/ drinks/ hears/ sees/ does in London (and sometimes other places)