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by altohb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Owl Right?
Replies: 20
Views: 6412

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: 22719

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: 22719

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: 1579

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: 2525

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: 2768

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: 16539

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: 6590

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: 4197

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...
by altohb
Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: driving licence
Replies: 28
Views: 11418

Driving licence

Thanks for the info, Warwick. However, have tried to change address via the DVLA site - if you check under Residency Rules http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Motoringtransactions/BeforeyouapplyC/DG_10035602 it seems quite clear that you need to be resident to change the address. Once you get into ...
by altohb
Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Communicate in Greek 1
Replies: 27
Views: 21939

Learning greek

We're using Greek Now (EΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΤΩΡΑ), on the recommendation of our teacher. We're having private lessons once a week, and making reasonable progress, though some of the grammatical stuff is a bit tricky. It is more than 30 years since either of...
by altohb
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Living costs etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 10124

Living costs etc

We are in East Crete, and have found that our general grocery bills come in at roughly the same in euros as we paid in pounds in the UK. We've been here 10 months, so have nearly seen all the seasonal variations through, I think. We try to buy as much local produce as possible, but sometimes this is...

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