After reflecting upon my trip to the beautiful country of Greece, I realized that the people of Greece are the true heroes of Greece. Both of my classes contained immense travel within Greece, from island to island and from city to city. My last class, however, focused on the subject of the financial crisis Greece is still going through. The crisis started around 2009 and has not gotten much better since the beginning of the crisis. Greek college students exit with degrees they can not utilize because jobs are scarce if not impossible to find. Engineers, doctors, and lawyers have to either work as waiters or leave their home country to locate work. Yet, Greeks are still the most hospitable people I have ever met.
When entering into a restaurant or any small shop, you are greeted with a warm smile and a greeting that is genuine and caring. The people, despite the crisis, are still struggling, but are struggling in such a way that is unnoticeable unless you are looking for signs of a struggle. These people, combined with their history, are more like ancient Greek heroes than any of us care to realize. Theseus, Odysseus, and Perseus’s blood run through the blood of every Greek. Displayed in the friendly nature of every Greek you may be blessed enough to meet. While in restaurants, you may stay for as long as you want and are not required to order a single thing from the menu. In fact, in my experience, the servers will bring you free water if you do not order anything.
I am going to add pictures to this post, however, I believe if you ever go to Greece go with the motive to see something more than just the beautiful islands of Mykonos or Santorini. Look for the gracious and magnificent attitudes of Greeks towards foreigners. The love despite the horrors they live in.