Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

A friend of mine used to joke that her skin tone was “library-pasty”, and I had to sympathise. Life as a literature student means that for nine months of the year I potter around library shelves, sit at my desk for eight hours at a time with several books and a laptop open in front of my nose, or contentedly amble in and out of … Continue reading Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

Wet Hot Stressful Summer Moving/Καλοκαιρινά Ραντεβού με Μετακομίσεις

A couple of weeks ago I helped my cousin move to a new apartment. It was while folding some of his clothes to pack in a box that I realized this was yet another summer I was involved in a move. Seeing the packing tape, the cardboard boxes, the empty shelves, it all brought back memories from when, not so long ago, I was the … Continue reading Wet Hot Stressful Summer Moving/Καλοκαιρινά Ραντεβού με Μετακομίσεις

Should I stay or should I go? / Να μείνω ή να φύγω;

One cold—or to be more precise, freezing—morning of last February, 16 km outside of Luxemburg, while I was stoically waiting at the bus stop, I was hit by an overwhelming sense of despair. I wondered why I was so many miles away from home, away from my family and friends. Every day I had to wake up at 7 in the morning and walk all … Continue reading Should I stay or should I go? / Να μείνω ή να φύγω;

Lost in (un) Translation/ Perdido na (falta de) Tradução

When I mention Portuguese, most people tend to think only of Brazil and Portugal, but the Lusophone world actually encompasses a number of other countries steeped in their own equally fascinating histories and cultures. Though people seem to underestimate Portuguese, often even confusing it with dialects of Spanish, it is a hugely important language spanning ten nations and four continents and with some 220 million … Continue reading Lost in (un) Translation/ Perdido na (falta de) Tradução

Much Ado about Nothing/Πολύ Κακό για το Τίποτα

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing is one of my favorite plays. Though I have seen both the 2011 Wyndham Theatre production with David Tennant and Catherine Tate, as well as Joss Whedon’s 2013 film adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, I only recently read it for the first time. I could spend hours discussing Much Ado about Nothing and the many issues it … Continue reading Much Ado about Nothing/Πολύ Κακό για το Τίποτα

The Yes and Nos of a Democracy/Τα Ναι και τα Όχι μιας Δημοκρατίας

At the birthplace of democracy, strange things are happening. Since last Friday, Greece has been dominating the news worldwide as it has defaulted on the IMF. On Sunday (5th July), a referendum will be held, even though the question of the referendum is vague and everyone interprets it as he or she sees fit. The birthplace of democracy is crumbling and I’m here, unable to … Continue reading The Yes and Nos of a Democracy/Τα Ναι και τα Όχι μιας Δημοκρατίας

Generation Without Hope/Μια γενιά χωρίς μέλλον

I’m Greek. Let me tell you a couple of things about life in Greece: Yes, the food is glorious. No, we don’t still worship the Olympians. Yes, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was painfully accurate. But there is one more thing that should be known about life in Greece: it has become exhausting. It is not “happy”. What is happiness? It is my strong belief … Continue reading Generation Without Hope/Μια γενιά χωρίς μέλλον