Hi everyone! So as you can see, this is our first article about Greece–thanks to my friend Yulia who has been really kind in sharing her experiences. So for some of you who have read my posts, Yulia is from Russia and she works in Greece. And she gladly shared more about it for us guys. 🙂
You might be wondering why Yulia is working in Greece instead of Russia. Well, there are many reasons for that. She said, “I have to test myself being a tour guide. It has been my dream since I was young. Some of my friends are working in Turkey. I didn’t want to go there so I asked around and I found a company in Greece. I have now been working with them for 4 years.”
Moreover, “There’s also one in Russia but I have to pay for the flat, accommodation and transport. Unlike in Greece, they helped me out for everything, plane ticket, accommodation, food.”
It’s good to know that she’s having fun in Greece. But what does she like about Greece?
“Everything! It’s good to live there. Maybe the best country. People, food, climate. They have mountains, sea and nice culture. It’s really close to Russia. They also have the same religion with us, Russians. It’s easy to get used to it. It is also very safe, especially in Crete. You can go out anytime you wish, afternoon, evening. You won’t be in danger.”
Wow! Who doesn’t want safety, right? I think having that feeling of security is very important. Good places that show spectacular views and awesome people can be really exciting, but without security, it can be a disaster.
Now, let’s have a look at some places.
This is in Chania, Crete [khan-nya]
“Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km west of Rethymno and 145 km west of Heraklion” ~ Wikipedia
Anyway, let’s go talk about the people. “Greeks are talkative and handsome (at least for me). They are very open-minded, and they look after you.”Of course, there are differences between every nationality. Russian and Greeks per se; “Russians are somewhat cold, maybe because of the weather. I guess it affects the mood when it’s cold. Meanwhile, Greeks are really talkative. They have a phrase, “Siga siga” it means Slowly slowly. They are not in a hurry, always relaxed.”
“Cretan dances traditional dances everywhere. You cannot find any celebration without this. They can easily find someone who can play traditional instruments. If you don’t know how to dance, everyone will say something about you. hahahaa.”
That’s very interesting Yulia! I guess it’s the same here, we like to dance and join festivals, but not the traditional dances though. It’s nice to know about this kind of practice.
For the readers out there, as you know, in the Philippines, there are only two seasons; Rainy and Sunny. So how about in Greece?
“Crete is a Southern Island. So seasons last longer there. There are some areas where it can be really snowy. May to November – high season, swim on Sunny Days.But in October, to November, it can be rainy. I left on the 29th of October, it rain stared to pour out but the day before that, it was sunny. So it depends.”
Is it cheaper to live in Greece than in Russia?
No, it’s not. Recently, the currency in Russia is very low. My friend stays in Russia and it’s a bit difficult for him to sustain the lifestyle. For Russian travelers, it is expensive.
That’s tough. Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I surely want to explore the world, but if it is expensive for the natives and the ones who are already staying there, then it will be a challenge.
Hmm, in that case, let’s talk about food instead. Thinking about the expenses make me hungry.
In Greece, they eat a lot of meat, different kinds of cheese, and Greek salad.
They usually eat lamb or goats’ meat and they use a lot of vegetables. Surprisingly, they don’t eat fish, (at least for Cretans)
How much is a regular meal in Crete, Greek?
From 7 to 10 Euros. It can be more expensive but of course, it depends on the ingredients or the meal.
Yes, you’re right! I think depending on the sources of those ingredients and its uniqueness, even popularity, it can make a huge impact on the prices.
What cities do you recommend?
Meteora. I really recommend this. It is between Athens and Thessalonica.
Any tips for new travelers going to Greece?
Travel there! Visit this beautiful country to experience ancient history. It’s very unique. You can always find something interesting for you. 🙂
So there you have the Story of the Week. I hope you enjoyed reading and I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂
Enjoy your trips! 🙂