Athens, Quick initial observation’s!!

I don’t even know where to start, so much has happened and so many impressions!! (Feel like I have been here for year instead of week)

This city, so full of History, is very tough! Lots of stores are closed, the joy has left, that I remember, the infrastructure has crumbled, security is everywhere, even combination locks to use Bathrooms in Restaurants! I was told when I arrived, that places were very professional or just awful! How true! Prices are much cheaper than Spain; I can afford to shop here, especially shoes (so many shoe Shops).

Now, on to my flat, it is not in the best part of town, (very large African migration here) very easy to get in, from Nigeria etc, so I am told. This Community used to be Artistic area of Athens, but since crash many have moved out of Athens. The flat is very large and I rented from friend of the BK’s, I was told it had 2 bedrooms, but only one has bed, the other packed with owners things, it is furnished very nicely,, she says she has never lived here, 3 showers,, other appliances top of the line, dishwasher, with price tags Inside, I do get BBC news.

I am now working my way through issues, owners Husband showed up this morning to lecture me , he hadn’t met me before , lecture didn’t last long , I got into my fighting mode, he said since I wasn’t use to strange countries , and haven’t traveled, I should accept that things were different ( for those who know me , that was not right thing to say, or correct), the owner who I haven’t met yet , was screaming at me on phone about money, and how I should deposit rent in bank , that is just crazy , banks wouldn’t let me do that as a foreigner. Another adventure!! , when I started this nomadic internship I did want to understand culture!!!! I found good place for nails and good Laundry, so all is well! The owner has assistant that does half jobs, think he is oK guy, just doesn’t always get it.

I just found shop called Rocco, absolutely magnificent clothes, at fair prices designed here, have feeling I will buy before I leave! I went into department store today, 7 floors, felt like morgue stock was gone and what was left was 70 percent off. I asked salesperson what was happening, she had no idea! (Very sad).Non Smoking signs mean nothing, people pay no attention and they just go ahead and smoke everywhere. Pollution is bad. , they say 15 times the normal standard!! Have discount from supermarket laundry service, I told both they would have good customer for 2 months. More later!!!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
This entry was posted in Betty Steinhauer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Athens, Quick initial observation’s!!

  1. Chris Gaudry says:

    We were in Athens a year ago and the only thing that we noticed were a couple of groups picketing at the University and city hall. We were on a bus tour though so you don’t get a feel for what’s going on like actually living there.

  2. Betty Steinhauer says:

    And, on top of everything else I can’t find an Adam in Athens!!!

  3. Adam Bletsoe says:

    Wow am I ever naively comfortable in Toronto? Sounds stressful! If anyone’s up for it, it’s you!


  4. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Thanks Marilyn , I will!!

  5. Look after yourself, as this can be a tough place now… how sad for Athens

  6. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty Athens doesn’t sound much fun! Take care and enjoy as you are able! All is well here! Love Prue

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s