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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Greek Orthodox customs to honor the dead on Good Friday

I find it always deeply touching how Greeks honor their dead before major holidays like Christmas and Easter. On Good Friday, the peak of the Passion Week, Greeks go to the cemeteries with the arms full of flowers to lay on the graves of their beloved ones. After washing the …

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Strike: Greek Easter Sunday without trains, Proastiakos, Metro and urban train ISAP, May 1/2016

After workers at TRAINOSE, also workers at Athens Metro and Urban train ISAP decided to go on 24-hour strike on Easter Sunday, May 1st 2016. They protest the Pension Reforms and want the signing of collective bargains. TRAINOSE & Proastiakos strike starts Saturday, April 30th 2016, at 6 p.m. and …

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How to exchange Easter Wishes in Greek!

When in Greece… exchange Easter wishes like a Greek! Easter wishes are a bit complicated and depend on whether they are exchanged before of after Jesus Resurrection. In the average Greeks wish Καλό Πάσχα! Kalo Pascha! Happy Easter! from Palm Sunday until Good Wednesday or Good Thursday. From Good Thursday …

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After a marathon of negotiations, extraordinary Eurogroup on Greece set on May 9th/2016

After a marathon of negotiations between Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem decided to set the meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Greece on Monday, May 9th 2016, at 3pm in Brussels. The date has been set after taking into consideration that “discussion about the debt needed …

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My Prefect Greek Easter Cookies: Smyrneika

Greek Easter traditions for the sweet tooth: Tsourekia and Smyrneika. The first being a brioche-like sweet bread that needs approximately  6 hours of preparation as the yeast containing dough has to be kneaded three times and rise three times before the loafs would land in the oven. My mom was …

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Lesvos: Police teargases refugees in Moria camp, after they throw water bottles at Migration Minister

Greek police fired teargas against refugees and migrants in Moria camp on the island of Lesvos on Tuesday. According to local media, tension started when Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas visited the camp and the refugees and migrants protested the living conditions by throwing plastic water bottles at the minister. the …

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Greece’s Trains & Proastiakos on strike over Easter weekend April 30 – May 2/2016

Workers at TRAINOSE will launch a strike over the Easter weekend thus disrupting holiday travelers. The Strike will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30th 2016, and will end at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2nd 2016. Neither the trains nor the Proastiakos will be in operation. As the Metro Line …

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UPD Unbelievable! Docked Ferry-Boat is sinking inside the port of Piraeus (picts, rescue operation video)

Never seen this before: a docked ferry sinks inside the port. The ferry boat “Panagia Tinou” started to sink inside the port of Piraeus on Tuesday morning. The ferry of Ventouris Sea Lines had been docked at Gate E4 when it started to lean on its right side after sea …

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Taste & Design OLYMP AWARDS 2016 Competition – Submit your application, if you’re interested

Are you part of Greece’s agroalimentary food chain? Do you think the honey, the pasta, the rusks, the olive oil, the herbs, ouzo or what ever the product you produce is of excellent quality and should be awarded? Or are you a designer involved in packaging? The Olymp Awards 2016 …

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Queen Rania of Jordan meets refugees on Lesvos

Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday in her capacity as advocate for the humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee (IRC). She met with several refugees who told her their own personal stories of tragedy and despair. Stressing that this …

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