Hillary Clinton: What is a Greek “Frappe”?

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I wouldn’t post about it but every Greek media, incl. websites and the state TV NET, apparently thought that the question of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is worth reporting, so I just follow the trend :) The query came when Ms Clinton entered the conference room at the headquarters of main opposition party Nea Dimokratia. She saw several gentlemen sitting around the oval table. One of the men had a  glass with some dark liquid in it. When she asked “What’s that?”  somebody answered “A Frappe”. An ice cold coffee, Greek style. Hillary Clinton politely denied the offer to taste the favorite coffee of millions of Greek men and women, saying “I’m used to drink warm coffee”.

 H. Clinton left – Glass with Frappe right

Greek Frappe is the typical cold coffee drink in Greece since decades. A Frappe is Greek man’s best friend, preferably of the civil servants working at customer service. A plastic cup with melted ice cubes, ‘seated’ and dried out foam and a pale yellow straw is the typical accessories at the desk of a public servant who respects himself. Also a dirty and half full ash tray used to stand next to Frappe, but things changes after smoking was officially banned in the public administration. Now the ash tray is hidden under the desk.

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After the coffee issue was solved, Clinton sat opposite to ND leader, Antonis Samaras, and crosswise to the Frappe glass and talked about the debts of the two countries. Samaras, an adamant opponent of the loan agreements, told Clinton that Nea Dimokratia is against the participation of the private sector in a second bailout for Greece and against a ‘selective default’. Odd enough I didn’t read anywhere what H. Clinton told the conservative men. Most likely she quietly drank her warm coffee and left for India to reveal the secrets of a good, ice-cold Lashi.

Thank God! Just an eye contact…

On Sunday she met the President, the Prime Minister  and the Finance Minister, who she invited to the United States in autumn. She visited the new Acropolis Museum where she admired the upper parts of classic Greek sculptures.