I haven’t been cooking near as much as I want to, but my free time is about to double with summer working hours being cut in half, so I plan on posting some new delicious recipes soon.
Off the topic of food, I really want to share with you the turmoil that Greece is in right now. It is easy for us, including myself, to hear about what is happening in Greece without really understanding what it means on a daily basis. Even within the last 6 months before we left Greece, we witnessed many changes such as huge pay cuts, tax increases, businesses closing, and the overall spirit of the Greek people being threatened with a strong sense of fear and instability on the rise.
As an American, I find it hard to articulate what exactly is happening over there, so I have asked my husband, Vasileios, to share with you from his perspective just how bad things really are:
Just some thoughts about what is happening in Greece….
Even people who might not know much about Greece, surely have had an ear full recently. It’s hard to miss all the news and debates about this tiny European country that can potentially trigger a huge economic threat to the rest of Europe and even the global economy!
The saddest part though is the very real situation of the people living in Greece, everyday the struggle becoming harder and harder to provide their basic needs. The economy of the country has sunk into a depression that has worsened over the last three years. Salaries have been cut in half or more - public and private sectors, taxes have been doubled, product prices are still rising and unaffordable, thousands of businesses have bankrupted, people losing their jobs daily, unemployment rates officially reaching 21%, and still the worst thing is that nobody can see a way out of this situation in the near or far future. The light is fading quickly at the end of the tunnel.
Even after yesterday’s elections one thing is still very obvious: Greeks are divided between those who believe that the austerity measures should be kept (in order not to be kicked out of the EU) and those who believe that these measures are only “a medicine that is killing the patient”. No matter which statement is more true, the economy and the citizens are in a deep depression. Irresponsible Greek politicians have been neglecting, for decades, local industrial and agricultural development. They set up a corrupted system that has been failing ever since. They cared more about their own pockets than they did for the citizens of their country, and this led to the current point of no return. Greece is not a self sufficient country anymore. It has been importing everything, exporting almost nothing. This is why no one knows for sure if it will be able to stand as a country, out of the EU.
I have some of the best memories of my life from Greece. It’s a place of immense beauty, the ideal combination of sea and mountains, full of great history and tradition, delicious food and friendly people. It’s sad and it makes me wonder why the people who suffer have to go through it. I don’t know the answer, but I pray and hope that God set things up so something good will one day come out of this…
I feel so thankful to be in the States, mostly because it was so hard to work and find good friends, but I deeply love Greece and miss so many wonderful things about it!!!
Thank you for your continued support!