Leaving Athens

Well, here I am eating breakfast and reading International New York Times in Syntagma Square (centre of Athens) and thinking about what I would say on my blog about 2 months in Greece!!

SO, HERE IT GOES! Parts of Athens are beautiful and some parts are very tough; there is lots of unemployment, lots of African Immigration (mostly Nigerian) and why the Government is allowing this, I have no idea.

There are no jobs for the Greeks, let alone anyone else and so crime has increased. When I was here in Greece many years ago people were happy and joyful but attitudes about tourists and one another, not great! Having said that, when you are out in the evening the cafe’s are still full of people enjoying themselves.

Beautiful Santorini Island!

Beautiful Santorini Island!

Taken from terrace of my hotel of Volcano Santorini island

Taken from terrace of my hotel of Volcano Santorini island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a large police presence in the city , all kinds of police on motorcycles, behind riot shields, in large blue busses full of riot gear, Male and female –  both are extremely good looking; the guys all look like they belong on cover of Esquire and the women; gorgeous, with great figures but all stand around on their mobiles, iPhones talking and smoking cigarettes.

The hotels are full for the summer with piles of Japanese tourists, but you won’t find a tourist office anywhere. The tourist sites are all very well done.The 5 star hotel in town is expensive, I am told rack rate is $400 -$600US a night and breakfast at the hotel is 36 Euros for buffet.

I visited 5 Islands, all very beautiful and unique and I really enjoyed the ferry rides, my longest was 8 hours and I travelled business class, which was very civilized.

The Government is taxing everyone, and is perceived as being incompetent, very old guard and corrupt.

Very special Delphi

Very special Delphi

 

As per usual, the people I met and spent time with make my Nomadic Life special.

  • Rosamund (Australian) – has lived here for many years and worked for Italian Embassy.
  • Carol (UK) – Publishing Business and Writer.
  • Maria (USA) – owned hotel on Rhodes Island.

(The 3 above women, adopted me, or so I say)

  • Anthony Strano – Teacher at BK Centre , writer of many books, and one of the best Spiritual leaders /teacher I have ever met, he spends a lot of time travelling the world, but his base is Athens.(He will be visiting Toronto in August)
  • Ruth (Vancouver, Canada) – Who lives on Island of Syros and is working on creating Botanical Garden for the Island with number of friends
  • Susan (UK) – Private School teacher in Athens, Fulbright Students from states
  • Fotis (Greek) – Former Davis Cup Tennis Champion
  • Geoffrey (UK) – fun loving and loves Greece

My activities included concerts, movies, dinners, going to the beach, lectures and meetings. They have very cool outdoor cinema’s here all over the city, usually overlooking some great site e.g. Acropolis (Last night we saw French movie with Greek subtitles, both languages didn’t work for me) but I knew the story, so not all a waste!

Most countries have Archaeological societies here, that have many lectures and receptions, and are very interesting with speakers from all over the world and I also met with the Canadian Embassy.

I am in discussion with a very large private school about helping them become an International School; I really like the CEO Catherine so we shall see!  But the Government doesn’t make it easy. Greece, all in all was extremely educating and an excellent experience! Being on this side of the world, you get a very different perspective of how it operates.

Canada is perceived as being a very nice country that people know nothing about! Except the recent police killing in Moncton which made lead story on BBC before the G7 summit and I have seen nothing on Mayor Ford which is a relief; in Spain he was a big deal. The news commentary on TV is much more direct, especially German TV, and being here has taught me a lot about the EU.

Athens tennis Club with Olympian Zeus in background , where Sir Winston Churchill used to play

Athens tennis Club with Olympian Zeus in background , where Sir Winston Churchill used to play

My friends here have been very supportive of Betty’s Mountain Top idea and they think it should be on Greek Island, because 9 months of the year the weather is great!

I now go back to Canada! For 3 months, but will be travelling and I still love the adventure! Have no idea where all of this will lead me, but no worries.

 

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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4 Responses to Leaving Athens

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty Welcome back home for three months! So glad you thought Greece so worthwhile, even though there are all kinds of economic problems there. Looking forward to seeing you in a week’s time and hope you get chance to give us a quick call to let us know your ETA. Love as always Prue

  2. Thank’s Brian
    Good to hear from you!
    Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

  3. Brian Way says:

    Betty,
    Your tales of Greece remind me of my time there either just before or after the last Olympics held in Athens. It was beautiful then with much fewer problems. Have a safe trip home.

  4. thanks for the update, enjoy your travels home

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