How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Greece

Normally, I’m not a very patriotic person.  But there’s nothing like living in a country that is not your own to make you appreciate the culture you grew up in.  A couple weeks ago I was INTENSELY homesick, so I decided to celebrate all of my American-ness on the 4th.  Today I’m not feeling quite so homesick, but I figured I would regret letting the opportunity pass, so here we go!

The Outfit  

Jeans, of course.  Red tank top.  My Illinois necklace.  Unfortunately (fortunately?) I don’t own any obnoxious USA gear.

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The Soundtrack

Hamilton, obviously.  Do you even know me?

The Food Continue reading

An Orthodox Easter in Athens

Καλὀ Πἀσχα!
Happy Easter!

Having grown up in rural Illinois where individualism is king and Easter mostly meant chocolate bunnies, I was thrilled to participate in ο Επιτἀφιος (Good Friday) and η Ανἀσταση (Resurrection) Orthodox services while living in Greece.  Although I was an outsider, it was a very cool experience to participate in the traditions that Greek Christians have observed for thousands of years.  Before I get into the details of how I celebrated Good Friday and the Resurrection, a brief overview of the Orthodox Easter, because it is so much more than these two services.   Continue reading