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2 Ελληνοαμερικανίδες bloggers στην Αθήνα

Το greekblogsbywomen παρουσιάζει δυο Ελληνοαμερικανίδες blogger που μας γράφουν τις εντυπώσεις τους κατά την επιστροφή τους στην Αθήνα. H Κelly και η Vivian, ιδιοκτήτριες του blog "authorkellyandria" μας δίνουν συνέντευξη και μας μιλάνε για την ζωή τους στην Αθήνα, πως βίωσαν την επιστροφή και συμβουλές σε όσους θέλουν να μείνουν εδώ. Σε ευχαριστούμε πολύ!

About you
1.    Where are you originally from?
Athens for Kelly and New York City for Vivian
2.    In which country and city are you living now?
Kelly lives between New York and Athens.  Kelly has lived in NYC and raised her family there for the last 28 years and now she commutes between the two cities.
Vivian and her family live in Athens.
3.    How long have you lived there and how long are you planning to stay?
Kelly has lived in New York City for the last 28 years and has lived in Boston as well for four years.
 Vivian lives in Athens Greece after finishing her studies in the US.
4.    Why did you move and what do you do?
Kelly moved because her husband wanted to start a new business in Greece. Kelly was a partner  of a contemporary art gallery in NYC. Vivian came back from the US because of her father who wanted to open up a new business in Greece. 
5.    Did you bring family with you?
Yes, of course
About living abroad
6.    How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
It was not so easy as Greece is not a service-oriented country and there is a mess in the public sector if you have to deal with it.  Strikes and poverty and no respect for the individual and the elderly are amongst the issues that bog down your every day life.
7.    Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Of course is was easy! Greeks are warm and friendly people
8.    What are the best things to do in the area; anything to recommend to future expats?
Visit Museums, antiquities, the islands and the inland, these are obvious things to everyone. Get involved in Charity Organizations is one way to meet the real people here and to make a difference. Going to the Herodion and the Megaron also is a great experience and we highly recommend it.
9.    What do you enjoy most about living here?
The weather, the land and its sights, the food, the people in that order. 
10.  How does the cost of living compare to home?
More expensive than NYC if one lives in Athens and in the suburbs.
11.  What negatives, if any, are there to living here?
The disrespect of the citizen.
12.  What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
Here everything goes. There are no rules and regulations, you can bend them.
Like the lines in any bank or anywhere, not respected.  Everyone screams in the windows in the news, and even at the Oscar Ceremony the two Greek presenters/ commentators, though the years, have been making it impossible to enjoy the show because of their incessant talking to one and other. Complete disrespect and they think they are cool!
13.  What do you miss most from Greece?
The land and the weather and the food, in that order.
About work
14.  Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit?
No because we are dual citizens.
15.  What’s the economic climate like in the city, is there plenty of work?
Are you kidding? Unemployment is rampant.
16.  How does the work culture differ from home?
It is a work ethic exists in the Greek society but it is seldom manifested either in the private or in the public sector.
About your blog
17.  Tell us a bit about your blog
We blog  anything we like and find important in our everyday lives. It started because of our book The Art of Change and we did it because we wanted to connect with our audience.
18.  Why are you blogging?
   Because we are writers and we love to be in touch with our selves, inner and outer and our audience.
And finally…
19.  If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving there, what would it be?
Be Patient. Greeks are friendly people and most of them kind and helpful.  There is no concept of the value of time here. Do not kid yourself about it.
20.  What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?
Do not go expect to cue anywhere.
Do not expect to get receipts for services rendered even though they are mandatory.
Do not wait to merge in t traffic while driving.
Do not turn the TV during the day talk shows or the news. You will either think you are in Sweden, almost every female is blond…and as for the news on TV prepare yourself for a screaming match.
Do not accept anything from anyone, anywhere, even if they are nuns or policemen. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!

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