It is not easy learning to live in a different country. I am sharing my experiences and hope someone will find it useful whether living here in Greece or any other country.
Monday, November 5, 2012
GETTING AROUND IN ATHENS, GREECE
Drop in sidewalk be careful.
Most people know I like to walk. Sounds simple enough, but is it here?
Now the Greek citizens and other people know what's going on, or do they?
Get back to that later.
Ways to travel here, mainly by car, next motor bikes, bus and the brave
go by bicycle. Yep, you have to be careful or you sure get lost here. Take
it from me it happens.
The first thing I say before I start out,I AM NOT GOING TO GET LOST TODAY!!
Be prepared before you take the stroll, good walking shoes, dress according
to the weather, take a umbrella (blue skies, why take umbrella, Ok). Map
very useful, cell phone, if you speak Greek, little money because you will
probably need it for the last resort, take a taxi back home. Be sure to have
home address written down to show the driver because your driver will probably
not speak English. By all means take a camera,don't bother taking picture to
find your way back because it hasn't worked for me yet.
Now the good stuff. Don't worry about starving. You'll find a restaurant,
coffee shop on almost every corner. Just look at the menu and when the
waiter takes your order point to the picture that you just got to have.
Good news is, lots of waiters speak some English.
Pay attention when walking on sidewalks. They are very well made, stone,
brick, even marble, but a lot are uneven or a little drop off. So if you
are looking at lovely woman swinging their rear or just looking around,
you might find yourself picking yourself up off the ground.
These are just a few tips I have, maybe you are a little smarter than me
or have a good memory of finding your way back home. To be honest i have
had to take a cab three times now because of not paying attention to where
I was going.
Back to my first statement: The Greeks know what is going on. As I took my
walk yesterday, and yes I got lost, two different cars stopped and said
something to me, naturally in Greek. Had a pretty good idea what they both
were asking, do you know where so and so is? So you see the Greeks get lost
Always try to end with some humor. I AM NOT LOST, I AM JUST NOT SURE WHERE