If you’re like me, sometimes you get in a bad mood. Maybe your boss ticked you off, or you got another parking ticket, or it’s raining again. You get pissed at the world and you just want things to be the way they’re supposed to be… Errr, the way things are in the US. I’ve got a running list of things I wish I could pack up and take with me:
I ordered a book from Amazon UK. It arrived one month later, and I still had to retrieve it from the post office. Ordering things online is a huge hassle. In addition to taking forever, shipping fees are high, and couriers are few and far between.
2. 24 hour supermarket/pharmacy/store hours
I can’t ever remember the hours when the pharmacies are open. On Wednesdays they’re closed from 2 until 5. Good luck trying to find one open on the weekend. You have to find a special list for the “on-call” pharmacy, and that’s written somewhere in Greek. All stores are generally closed on Sunday, requiring you to plan ahead to be prepared for the weekend. Yeah, I’m not so much of a planner anymore.
Greeks love Greek food, and that’s super tasty. But somehow, every time I eat any non-Greek food, it tastes like cardboard or like it came out of a can. It’s impossible to find fresh salsa, and cilantro is available sporadically. I’ll even take Taco Bell in a pinch.
4. Draft Beer
Most of the beers here are lagers. They generally all taste the same. Kinda like Bud Light, to be honest. I can’t understand why American beer gets such a bad wrap. My mouth waters for a huge selection of draft IPAs. Session IPA? Double IPA? Black IPA? Yes, yes, and yes, please!!!
5. Public libraries
The Seattle Public Library system spoiled me. My local branch was two blocks away and I could have any book within the entire Seattle Public Library system (27 branches) sent there. I could borrow e-books. There is no such thing as a public library here. Coupled with slow shipping and scarcity of English books, it’s a tough life for a book-lover here.
6. No fences
All houses and apartment buildings have thick walls and gates surrounding them. Private lives are closed-off from the public eye. I still haven’t figured this out, what are they hiding from?
7. Hot water, all the time
The hot water tank is sized to accommodate Barbie in her new Dream House. If I want a hot shower, I have to turn the heater on at least 20 minutes beforehand. Same goes for washing dishes, washing hands, etc.
8. Smoke-free restaurants
Greeks love to skirt the laws. One of the most universally broken is the law prohibiting smoking in public spaces. This is a puppet law that everyone ignores. You have to search to find restaurants that abide by the law. I’ve even seen government workers smoking at their desks.
What do you miss about where you used to live? How do you get your ‘fixes’ in? Tell me in the comments below!
P.S. I love Greece!