Carolina wrote:What's happened to Greece? It has been crushed by the ECB, IMF, EC ...
Kilkis wrote:I think if you travelled around some areas of Athens you would discover unbelievable poverty, TweetTweet. Some parts are now no-go areas. I don't think Crete gives you a complete picture of what is happening elsewhere in Greece. Neither do official figures. A 25 % overall unemployment rate and 50 % among the 18 to 24 group sounds bad so imagine what it is like in some of the towns with 80 % unemployment.
raw wrote:Yesterday we traveled from the Corinth to Piraeus and took the ferry over to Heraklion.
Whilst driving through Athens we were shocked to see so many homeless people, living in tents under flyovers. But worse was to come, we drove into a Lidl car park and actually saw families living in vans and trucks. Not just the odd sad case, but there were dozens of people, The children were like urchins, filthy, in rags. I wonder how this could happen. We are in Europe, we are in the breast of civilization, I feel sick to the core.
We are over to consider if Crete is our future, to consider Greece against living in France, where we have lived for 14 years. Nothing could have prepared us for the sights we saw. I find myself wondering what the hell we are doing here.
We have visited Greece and her islands for 25 years, having stayed in various locations for 5 months last year. However returning this year, which is just 7 months since we were here last the country seems to have fallen off a cliff. It was shocking last year, but my goodness, what a mess......
We are going to rent for 6 months, see what we think. I love Greece, the Greek people, but can I cope with what has happened to this beautiful place?
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