More Athens

Well, I am entering my 3rd week in Athens and I am learning how to operate in this city! Not an easy place, but beautiful in many ways. As I said everyone smokes and has a dog, they love to scream about anything; but I have found a way to handle that, I put my hand up and say STOP in a stern voice and they stop! It Could be a taxi, bus driver or a shop keeper (part of culture).

The traffic is chaos and there is never any warning about road closures, (yesterday I was meeting a friend to go to the beach), I had to walk 50 minutes because everything was stopped, buses, trolleys and taxis to get there! For 6 hours, they were  having a marathon!

The center of the city is my reference point and I will have a chat with the doorman and or Concierge of a 5 star hotel and he will always give me good advice and the truth, or the Canadian Embassy!

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Athens beach clean clear water

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Athens Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flat has settled down and is not perfect but livable and I am working around issues. The main problem for me is that the flat is full of the owners stuff! I enjoy the food but have eaten so many Greek salads, I may never eat tomatoes again! (But they are very sweet here).

I should also say on most days, you see police in riot gear, big navy blue police buses and some roads blocked off. But if you are on foot, it is okay to walk through barriers??

So on to my activities,
May Day, major demonstration in the center of the city. All kinds of speakers against President Obama, people against Russia, the Ukraine, you name it and someone was trying to speak, but all very peaceful! I again was trying to get somewhere, thank goodness my legs still work.

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Poseidon or Zeus 460 BC

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horse and young jockey 140 BC at museum, amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have met neat people as usual! I spent a day with friend Susan and 2Fullbright students from the US, they taught me a lot about relationships today, boy oh boy. They still believe in the white picket fence life but understand it is impossible, because everyone is out for themselves and caring for another person is rare.

Spent a day hiking on a mountain with a wonderful picnic, champagne, with strawberries and wine (now, that’s a picnic). Took a tour of 3 islands near Athens, Hydra (no cars, donkey’s take your groceries home), Poros and Aegina. Now about 25 years ago I was on the same trip with friends from Canada and ended up playing Chess with an older gentlemen on land near the ship, who kept giving me Ouzo and I had to be carried back on ship!!!

The National Museum of Archaeology, an excellent Museum and what was so impressive was that none of the priceless items were surrounded in glass.But there were lots of guards around to keep everything safe.

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22 Karat gold Chandelier in small church on Greek Island ( just magnificent)!

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May Day demonstration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also spending time at the BK Centre, Anthony Strano is based here and one of the best Spiritual Teachers I have ever heard.  I enjoy his classes and view of the world, plus our chats. Anthony has also written a number of books. Last evening I was invited to the British Institute to hear a lecture about archaeology sites in Macedonia, discovered a whole community of culture built around countries, academia, and archaeology (makes sense , this is Athens)!

Last note the unemployment rate is very high. Salaries have been cut usually by a third and many people have lost jobs, no welfare safety net here. If families don’t help, they end up on the street!!! Canadian’s on the whole are very fortunate! and yes , I am still enjoying my nomadic adventure!!

 

 

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.
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2 Responses to More Athens

  1. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Hi , next blog, I write about Storehouse of knowledge.
    Love betty

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love the STOP approach – easy and effective 🙂

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