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Monday, May 14, 2012

The Thing About Greece

I have been coming to Greece for roughly 20 years - longer if you count the year I spent here as a baby. Greece is my favorite country in Europe - The Greeks are just nicer. They are not lazy as the BBC and CNN would have you believe.

For the first time I am staying in one of these generic "resorts" that have sprung up absolutely everywhere - promising visitors that but for the absence of the lousy weather they are trying to escape, they will have no idea they have even left home. They succeed.

Not 200 yards down the road is a less convenient, obviously much older hotel sitting completely empty but for the Swiss bikers who have taken up residence in the two apartments. The pool has no water in it, and there are no customers in the expansive beach restaurant. Boy, I wish I was staying there instead of generic-ville. Generic-ville simultaneously mimics British and German tastes with the occasional Greek this or that thrown in for good measure. Tonight they are going to parade a few Greeks around the pool with some music in what has been labeled "Greek night" with traditional Greek dancing. All very orderly, half the guests will get up and leave half of the way through and there will be little or not contact with the performers and the audience. The audience will clap politely.

The hotel down the road is owned (still) by a Greek family. Who knows for how long.

According to the Swiss bikers who have been Swiss-biking through Greece for the last 20 years, the EU and the damn EURO has meant tomatoes from Holland (dubbed water-bombs by my former German mother-in-law) fish from Japan - olives!!!! from elsewhere. It seems, Greece has been Walmart-ed.

The big bad EURO businesses came in and bought up the fishing licenses from the Greeks, so gone are the picturesque little Greek fishing boats and the means to make a living for a significant percentage of the population. What a scam.

My advice to Greece is "Nix wie RAUS" - Get the Hell out of the EURO and the EU! As far as I can tell, your average Greek has simply become an employee of some multinational corporation who gave them the shaft and is now complaining because the Greeks aren't grateful.

Lazy my ARSE.

The BBC is going apoplectic given the prospects that Greece might actually free itself from what has turned out to be an alternate ending to WWII in which the Germans and the Brits win the war.


1 comment:

Jeff and Natalia said...

Well, very refreshing assessment! Thank you so much for your opinion!