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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Autumn is here and we had our first rain since about the last of April. The cool air
feels good after a hot summer.  It is nice to sleep at night without a fan or air
conditioner.  I know the land needs rain, but I sure don't like to get out in it and get
wet. I seem to get colds here more often than the states.  It is not as cold here in the
winter so I tend to not dress according to the weather conditions. People wear heavy
coats here and to me sometimes it doesn't feel cold enough for a coat. Maybe I'll
learn the difference since this is my second winter here.

If all goes well we plan to go to another island in a few weeks. It will probably
be our last for the year, because there is a lot of wind and the seas are rough
during the winter. Plus like I said there is a lot of rainy days in the winter.


Saturday, September 7, 2013


After a one year or six month visa, you either have to leave Greece and
come back later with a new visa, or apply for a resident permit.
A resident permit will give you one year more to stay here. The paperwork
is almost the same as is required for a visa, except some of the papers
need to be translated into Greek. So be prepared for a little more added
cost when you apply for a permit.

The best advice I can give is, (1). have a Greek friend to help you, get your
papers in order. (2). apply in plenty of time to get your papers done.
And the one thing that is most important is Have Patience. The laws are
different here as other countries, and you can get discouraged very
easy in the process.

Be sure to keep copies because you will need to do the same thing next
year, unless the laws are changed.