Posted by: nikusjka | January 16, 2016

Worlds Apart or Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος (review)

I was flying from Athens back to Cyprus onboard of Aegean and, as usual, was reading Blu Magazine. I stumbled upon an article about a new Greek movie coming out directed by gorgeous Christoforos Papakaliatis (Χριστόφορος Παπακαλιάτης) – “Worlds Apart” or “Ένας Άλλος Κόσμος”. Of course I was anxiously waiting to buy a cinema ticket to watch it 🙂 . It was a second movie directed by Papakaliatis, but in this one he is also staring as one of main characters – Giorgos.

What is also intriguing about this movie at the first glance is that Oscar nominated actor J.K. Simmons is also part of it. I think you would agree that not every day Oscar nominees play in Greek movies.

Set in modern day Greece,”Worlds Apart” is comprised of three separate narratives each following a love story between a foreigner and a Greek. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe as a whole,only to connect as a single story in the end. 

To me “Worlds Apart” turned out to be a movie about love, Athens, humanity and hope. It raises issues which are, unfortunately, true for many Greeks today, but LOVE is what helps each character to forget his/hers routine, drop stereotypes inside Greek society and just follow the heart. I was laughing and almost crying throughout the movie, but left with the feeling of hope. Hope that love can still shine through even in the darkest hours.

All the character get somehow connected via the ancient Greek myth of Eros and Psyche . It is probably one of the best love stories in classical mythology, so no wonder it was chosen as a guideline for the characters.

I won’t tell you the whole plot, just to keep the surprise part, but I would definitely advice to find a chance to see this movie! Great production, plot and actors (especially half naked Christoforos Papakaliatis 😉 ).

Here goes the trailer:

Posted by: nikusjka | January 16, 2016

Greek food blog

I don’t recall how exactly I came across this blog and it definitely wasn’t the first Greek food blog I visited, but something got my attention about eatyourselfgreek.com. Maybe it was simple and catchy title; or minimalistic photos; or easy homemade recipes; or something else… but I got hooked 😉 Eugenia does a great job sharing easy and tasty recipes of traditional Greek food.

I was happy to find out that eatyourselfgreek.com was even nominated for Food Blog Awards 2015 and I truly understand why!

I never met Eugenia (unfortunately), but I hope one day I for sure will. For now I continue loving her food and Instagram photos 🙂

P.S. Just decided to share this with you all in case you are looking for something Greekelecious to cook this weekend!

Posted by: nikusjka | July 5, 2015

Referendum. Greece before and after. 

So today is the day. The Greece day. By now two thirds of the votes are already counted from referendum and show majority of public voted “όχι” or “no”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33403665

What would it mean for Greece? What it would mean for EU? What impact this small word will have in the upcoming days?.. Well, I doubt anybody can answer for sure now. But one thing is sure – Greece won’t be the same tomorrow.

I closely followed all the ups and downs of IMF negotiations with Greece, elections, and before that – the crisis as such for the last 5 years. I must say it wasn’t easy to feel and see how hard it gets for an average person in Athens to live, not to survive. I saw how many Greeks moved to Denmark, Sweden, UK and even Cyprus (and other places I guess). It’s normal too look for better life and future if you don’t see one in your country. But this time it was too much.

What always inspired me in Greeks I have met abroad is their patriotism and pride for their own country! You don’t see it much in many other people who moved away from their homelands these days.

Without a doubt 5th of July will mark an important day in Greek modern history. The only thing that scares me is a thought of how legitimate this referendum really was. By Greek laws citizens can’t vote if they are abroad (holidays, business, permanent residence.. Those Greeks can’t vote e.g at the embassy); if they are away from the place they are registered (were born at). So basically who was voting today? Older generation of people and jobless 25% of youth ? No offence, but how aware, informed, not brainwashed and objective those people are? People whose life depends on social benefits??

I have a friend in Santorini, who works there during the summer season, and you know what? She couldn’t vote today! She is an educated and smart young lady, but today she was unfortunate to have job on an island as she is registered in Athens, and so SHE CANT VOTE (unless she travels to Athens).

I’m sure we can count thousands eligible voters who were not able to participate. So now the question is – how fair are results of this referendum ???

It is just a thought.. But it keeps bugging me. I guess I’m just worried for my lovely country. Worried about tomorrow and upcoming days.

Have a good night everybody! Let’s wake up and see the new Greece. The new Europe.

Posted by: nikusjka | March 14, 2015

Where have I been to!

I have just updated my “About the girl” page. So if you are curious where I have already managed to step my foot into – feel free to go check HERE and make suggestions for new amazing trips 🙂

Last, most exciting ones have probably been Dubai and Baku!

What was your last trip?

Posted by: nikusjka | February 11, 2015

Greek elections and Yanis Varoufakis starring in EU

Following Greece’s parliament elections on January 25th 2015 the leftist party Syriza won the political marathon. Once again – Greece is on top of every news, media, TV and people minds. Since then EUR dropped from 1.6 to 1.3 and keeps going down; Greek stocks of Piraeus Bank fell 17.6% and Alpha Bank fell 11.6%. the next day. Thus people seem to be hopeful about the new government, unlike EU politicians and Mrs. Merkel.

I don’t want to predict the outcome of this big change that happened in the Greek government for the first time in 40 years and how it will affect people lives. What I am concerned about are people who voted for Syriza. Based on the law you can vote only in Greece. There is no option to vote at the Greek embassy if you are away from the country. Therefore all the young people, qualified professionals, who left Greece during the past 5 years for a better life were unable to express their vote.

On the other hand I do understand Greeks taking a leap of faith and voting for a complete change. That what anybody would do after 5 years of depression – trying to find literally anything to change the pattern,  take the nation out of the crisis circle.

You know what? Enough with political analysis. I started this post with another idea in mind 🙂 In the middle of all the political debates and news articles you just can’t miss Mr. Varoufakis! He is a new Greece finance minister and… HOT! 🙂 Sorry for my lexicon but that’s exactly how they refer to him in the European media at the moment. Just check it out:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

“Varoufakis is without doubt a man full of charisma,” ZDF anchor Marietta Slomka

“What makes Yanis Varoufakis a sex icon” was a headline in conservative newspaper Die Welt over a story that raved about “his balding head, cool style and muscular Yamaha motorcycle”.

He rattles around Athens on a big, black motorcycle, never tucks his shirts in and radiates a sort of classical masculinity that you only usually see in Greek statues,” Stern wrote. “He’s not one of the world’s most respected economists, but a man whose good looks separate him from all the grey suits.”

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My dear Readers! Καλή χρονιά!

I want to wish you happy New Year and really hope that all of our craziest dreams, trips and wishes will come true in 2015! I wanted to thank you all for watching, reading and supporting theLongRoadToGreece.wordpress.com, as this is my loved and cherished piece of Greece I want to share with you.

I promise to be more active this year! Maybe you have a questions about Greece? Maybe you are planning a trip to Athens? Maybe you need some tips or heard some roomers about Greeks? Just let me know what you want to read next and I would be glad to make a new blog post just for you! 🙂

In case you are curious, I have spend the change of the year in a small mountain village in Cyprus called Lofou. It is a lovely traditional village, where you can rent a studio in an authentic Cypriot house with a fireplace, wooden roof and local atmosphere. Just don’t forget to bring a good company, some firecrackers, loads of champagne and some board games – a great New Year’s celebration in guaranteed 🙂

I hope you all had amazing time and I am very positive about 2015 being an exciting year!

Many hugs και φιλακια πολλα!

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Posted by: nikusjka | July 29, 2014

The best Beach in Cyprus!

As most of you know by now I currently reside on a small Greek speaking island, which claims to be a country on its own, Cyprus. Ok, I stop being sarcastic 🙂 It is actually a nice place if you have discovered some hidden gems of the island.

My biggest wish was always to reach the “tip” of the island – Karpas peninsula (Greek: Καρπασία; Turkish: Karpaz), also known as Karpasia. So when I got a chance and time to make it, I was overexcited. It is rather hard to get there and you can reach the very end only by car, preferably an all-road car. We drove from Nicossia, stopped in Kyrenia for a lunch and continued on the road along the beach. Approximately until the middle of the peninsula the roads are still fine, but the last 5-10km can really give your vehicle a good test. The road becomes narrow, so two cars can barely pass each other, therefore reasonable speed there varies between 20-50km/h. I believe that without a stop for lunch the whole trip from capital Nicossia to the very end of the island might take around 3 hours. Considering the fact that I can drive from the western point of Greek side of Cyprus to the border check point in Nicossia in 3 hours or even less it seems like a lots time for a much shorter distance (as I said it is mostly due to the roads). Although, please, don’t be frightened away by those details, cos the trip is totally worth it!!!

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Posted by: nikusjka | July 14, 2014

The Greek Foundation

Recently just came across a very interesting ogranization that promotes Greek culture and Greekeness across the globe – The Greek Foundation.

I found it very inspiring and discovered various artists, photographers, designers who create amazing pieces! Just click on the below quote and discover incredible world of Greek culture:

The Greek Foundation is an organization for Greek culture in a global world. It acts as a platform for the exchange and diffusion of Greek culture worldwide by promoting cultural production through all forms of creative expression, connecting artists to the world and providing new visionary perspectives. It aims, through all its activities, to explore and redefine the Greekness of things and be a global destination for Greek culture.

P.S. Let me know if you know any other similar organizations as I would be interested to discover more 🙂

Posted by: nikusjka | April 29, 2014

Crisis is a Greek Word

Don`t take the title wrong! 🙂
My last visit to Athens brought me to Technopolis (Gazi). This places hosts a lot of  interesting musical event, artistic exhibitions and other non-mainstream events. This time it was my pleasure to visit a new exhibition “Crisis is a Greek Word”. The idea behind it is very positive:

«Crisis is a Greek word» is the title of the Greek Designers global initiative to describe Greece in the times of Crisis. The ongoing depression that affects more countries everyday has inspired 48 top Greek Visual Communication Designers, with more than 1,240 international and national distinctions, to participate for the first time at a common exhibition, its sole aim being to convey a message of creativity to the World.

At first I found many art pieces quite depressive, but after getting to know more about the idea behind each of them, I thought: “It`s actually rather inspiring!”.

The exhibits let you see another side of crisis as such. They bring your attention to small details, ideas, words, facts.. My brightest memory after stepping out of that room was “Wow, Crisis is not bad. It`s a change. Evolution. The whole concept of Europe and Crisis is perceived by masses from a twisted angle.” Got me thinking, you know.

In addition I`m was happy to see so many talented Greek artists eager to change if not the world, then Greece!

 

 

 

Posted by: nikusjka | December 17, 2013

Koukles club – The Drag show.

Last time I was in Athens, I was taken by my friends to an “interesting”, as they described it, place. On Saturday night we went to “Koukles” (“Κουκλες”) – a bar-club with a twist. A twist is a DRAG SHOW! 

Shocking, I know 🙂 To be honest I`ve never been to such kind of show, so it was double as interesting to see what it`s all about in Athens. Reviews online say that Koukles club is the place to be if you want a good drag show. Apparently it`s one of the best in Greece with some of the most popular local drag queens like Eva Koumarianou,  Mania Lempesi and Tania Keli. By the way Tania Keli (Τανια Κελλη) is truly amazing looking and the way she performed legendary Aliki Vougiouklaki (Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη) left me speechless.

When we entered the club (entrance: 10Eur with a drink), I thought it was rather small, but fully packed with people. I didn`t expect it to be so popular.  Nevertheless some of the famous clients of Koukles include fans like Jean Paul Gautier, Patricia Fields, Anna Vissi and their photos are handing on the walls.

All the people who are already excited to visit Koukles, I must warn – the performers don`t sing Live. They dress up, perform, dance, but don`t sing. But besides that it`s great fun and friendly atmosphere. Just stay open-minded and I guarantee you a 2 hour laugh 🙂

It`s located on 32 Zan Moreas street (close to Syngrou Avenue) Koukaki, Athens. Reservations: tel +30 6947557443.

Photos below:

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