AVOID DOING IN GREECE
Avoid doing in Greece Don’t be afraid to ask a question
Don’t stand in your corner, trying to decipher your cards and flyers. There are times when we need others and not always paper or laptop. Do not try to go against the wind, especially in countries that are not so Western like Greece.Do not hesitate to ask a question to someone on the street, if you are lost or if you need information. Unlike Western Europeans, the Greeks are very open to discussion. The Greeks are not only hospitable but they also like to serve. They think it’s natural. If you have a question, choose someone relatively young (18 to 50 years old) because the older people do not necessarily know how to speak English or French. All young people speak English quite easily (90 of them) and some speak French (10, especially girls).
Don’t live at the pace you already know
Don’t be alone among tourists but live to the rhythm of Greek life! Be aware that in summer, Greeks live in the morning and evening. You will have noticed that from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. It’s just nap time. Factories and businesses close at 3 p.m. Shops close from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. except in touristy areas. Shops are closed on Monday and Wednesday afternoon except in places where tourism is in full swing. If you want to live among the Greeks, go and drink a coffee after 7pm in the shady square of a village or small town. The 260 days of the 365 days of the year are sunny so the Greeks are full of sunshine, unlike Western visitors. They like to walk in the shade, wear sunglasses and drink their coffee with a large glass of fresh water.
Don’t go out without cash
Always carry cash with you. While we are used to paying for everything by card, it is not the same in Greece, although things have really improved over the last five years. In areas and small Greek islands not too touristy, credit cards are not always accepted. This applies to popular taverns and cafes. Therefore, make sure you have cash with you and if you don’t have it, make sure an ATM is not far from where you are.
Don’t hesitate to live with the Greeks during meals
Do not stay among the tourists during meals. It’s too wrong and boring. Live to the rhythm of Greek society super alive and so different from the French life! If you’re used to early lunch and dinner, in other words around 8pm, it’s fine. Be aware that Greeks have lunch at 2pm and have lunch at 9.30pm-10pm. It’s normal you’ll tell me, since they woke up with a cold coffee at 7pm. Greeks don’t like to eat standing up but they like to sit and eat with friends. The Greeks are big eaters as you might notice. They like tables full of hearty food, all drizzled with beers or wine in a carafe (in bulk). In addition, dining with Greeks, it can last 4 or 5 hours!. Greeks don’t like to wait in general (it’s in their “MediterraneanOriental” nature) and so the waiters arrive fast enough to take the order as soon as everyone is seated (you have 10 minutes to look at the catalog). If you are lost, you are allowed to see the front of the tavern kitchen with all its dishes and choose at that time.
Be careful when you cross a road
When crossing the streets in Greece, be careful as Greek motorists pay no attention to pedestrian crossings. A driver is able to manoeuvre around you rather than slow down or stop to let you cross. If you have rented a car, you will be claxoned if you stop in front of a studded passage. Cross at the pedestrian crossing only at traffic lights. There, there are no worries to be made ….
Don’t always wear neglected outfits
Leave your jeans ripped, your shorts too short, your t-shirts open from everywhere in your little suitcase, if you plan to go to a Greek monastery, whatever it is or whatever it is. The man must wear long pants and the woman a long skirt that arrives at the bottom of the knee. Religion is an important element in Greek life and one cannot enter a religious place in any way. If you do not take precautions, you will be given long clothes but this is not a good way given the number of people who have worn these clothes…
If you are invited, don’t forget to bring a gift
The Greeks are very hospitable and we already know that. You got an invitation to go to a Greek resident and you are super happy. It’s better not to arrive empty-handed. Be sure to bring a gift with you and give it to the housekeeper as soon as you enter. Don’t be too stressed about your gift choices. Greeks love flowers, cream cakes and chocolates. Don’t worry, Greeks are not very demanding for gifts…. it’s the gesture that counts.
Don’t be afraid of stray animals in Greece
Unfortunately many small towns and villages have stray dogs on their streets. Stray cats are numerous but they run away as you approach them. Stray dogs, on the other hand, are numerous and seem quite aggressive especially if they are in a band. Unfortunately, the SPA is not at all well organized everywhere in Greece. Don’t worry, these dogs don’t attack passers-by unless you’re on your bike sometimes. If you like animals, these dogs will understand it and will start to swing their tails, ears lowered.
What not to do
Do not make insulting gestures with your fingers (especially with sexual connotations). The Greeks in general are much less calm than the Westerners and they might yell at you… and God knows how strong and vivid the Greek language has. They might even come to push you. You will see some taxi drivers, for example, doing the “moutza” gesture. In fact, it’s showing your hand open, your five fingers spread out in front of someone. It is an act of offence and insult… and not a salute. This gesture means that the other is a big co… Rd.
Know how to say “no” in Greek
The Greeks are well known for the many movements and gesticulations during their conversations and this can leave us perplexed. A simple “no” becomes a brief head-up lift with a look upwards (pictured below, man on the right). To participate in the Greek conversation and to be quickly understood, you will first have to observe the Greeks. You will, in my opinion, have enough time to get used to learning the proper body language.