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by altohb
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Anyone for Golf?
Replies: 6
Views: 2643

Please, please no sport - good to know there is one place where I can escape it!

H
by altohb
Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Digital Camera Repairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 3271

Hi K Have you tried Electronet in Sitia - we've found them very helpful sorting out glitches with stuff we've bought from them. They may do general repairs, too - worth asking. The chap in the computer section speaks good English, so you could ask him first. The workshop is downstairs in the shop, a...
by altohb
Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Notebooks
Replies: 6
Views: 6907

We use address books - divided the English way - in an attempt to note Greek words when we can only think of the English ones!

Helen in very cold Sitia
by altohb
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Cretan Adventure - The best things about Sitia 3
Replies: 11
Views: 9736

They were easy when we knew the answers - only problem was there weren't enough that we knew!

BTW - I had trouble with the Magic Roundabout dweller, but probably because in my mis-spent youth I encountered the rather less clean version and it came straight back into my head!

H
by altohb
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22409

Hi Lynn Even though we are living here, we still have this problem. We've just started asking our teacher to provide more, general, phrases, for day to day use, so that once we get past the hello, how are you questions we can say something else without getting hopelessly bogged down. The main proble...
by altohb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22409

I seem to make quite a lot of Greeks laugh, especially when I can't remember what I'm supposed to be saying! They are VERY patient with us. The man who sells agricultural supplies laughs at and with us a lot, but we end up with the right stuff for our olive trees, so that's what matters, and it is f...
by altohb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Owl Right?
Replies: 20
Views: 6159

Wildlife

Sat night 11.30pm-the Lesser clothed Common Tart: Call-Geroffimeesmineyouslag. Sat Night 11.55pm-The Spotted Guttersnipe(a whole flock actually):Call-A loud screeching of Pirrelli and Michelins fron Vauxhall Novas and Renault Clios. Some of these do migrate, you know, and can be spotted in Malia &a...
by altohb
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22409

Greek tenses

Yes. I can work out in my head exactly what I want to say, and it sounds good to me. Then........I open my mouth and I go into panic mode and it all turns to rubbish. What a relief - I was beginning to think it was only me! I have all kinds of conversation scenarios in my head, but as soon as someo...
by altohb
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22409

Greek tenses

....make tense Brits! I can follow most of this, but there are times when we want to scream at our teacher, when we get the "exceptions" which seem more numerous than the things which follow the rules. Grammatical terminology makes me want to crawl into a dark place, too. I can readily und...
by altohb
Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Dry Cleaners
Replies: 4
Views: 1533

Dry Cleaners

There is certainly at least one dry cleaner in Sitia, so there should be some elsewhere too. I would guess Ag Nik would be the best bet for you, or perhaps Neapoli. I don't recall seeing one in Stalis. You will find, of course, that the majority of what you want to wear will be as cool as possible (...
by altohb
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Stormy weather
Replies: 6
Views: 2475

Stormy weather

The adjectives I'd use to describe this weather are not fit for print! Here in Sitia we've had nearly 24 hours of violent northerly winds and rain/hail to go with them. Our large dog went base over apex when I took him out this morning, and I was nearly knocked off my feet as well. Our hallway has r...
by altohb
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: ELECTRICITY COSTS
Replies: 5
Views: 2710

Electricity charges

Looking at the last DEI bill for which we had a breakdown of charges, we had the following: First 800 units @ .07623 per unit Next 800 units @ .09713 per unit Next 400 units @ .11295 and extras above that at .15949 Hope this helps. If you are reading the meter yourself you will soon see where you ar...
by altohb
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Cretan Adventure - The end of the Dream
Replies: 20
Views: 16218

Leaving Crete

Andy + H

So sorry we have lost you - next year's olive harvest just won't be the same!

We're still keeping up with feeding the waifs & strays near here, as well as the one which moved in......

Hope you are able to find somewhere good to settle in future.

altohb
by altohb
Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: GREEK LANGUAGE COURSES
Replies: 6
Views: 6498

Greek lessons

We pay 20 euros an hour for two of us. We go to the teacher's house. I think this is a very reasonable rate, as we were quoted 25 pounds an hour in the UK 2 years ago. Our teacher is Greek and speaks very good English; we use Greek Now text and exercise books. These are all in Greek, but with gramma...
by altohb
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek Lessons
Replies: 1
Views: 4109

Greek lessons

Not sure whereabouts "in the East" you are, but you ought to be able to find mixed ability type classes in most towns, or if you want private lessons, just try asking local people. When we first got here we got very tired of Greeks saying "you must learn Greek" and just asked the...

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