Domingo, 21 de Fevereiro de 2010
What I learned about Trikala in one week

- My first impression? Insane traffic. Greeks are experts in anarchist driving styles, and using cellphones while driving, whatever is a car or a bus. (which, as you know, it's illegal in Portugal and some other countries);

 

- The quantity of coffee shops in Trikala is insane. They're nice and good looking, it is not hard to pick up a favorite one, due to the different decorated environments. But the coffee is ridiculous expensive. No edible item in those coffee bars costs less than 2 euros. Fast food is cheap, restaurant food is expensive, etc;

 

- Their Internet is stupidly cheap, and the concept of "X GBs per month" is only known to mobile operators. But with the one year contract deal, which we have to pay for if we cancel it, I don't know. They're also smarter than I thought, I was expecting to find tons of unprotected wireless networks, but I was wrong.

 

"Ey Rosie, what is that downloading in the background?"

 

I don't know what you're talking about *hides Backtrack's torrent*

 

- As I told before, our concepts of comfort and minimum basics for living are quite different. A bedroom with almost no furniture, with a prison bed, inside a house coupled with more technical problems and filled with nonfunctional design mistakes, is A-OK in their books. It's gotten better now, but damn, that was a shock;

 

- College canteen food is free, but I fear they go by the "It's free, don't complain." motto. Ey, it's edible, it's a reasonable meal, but I now realize UA has been spoiling us this whole time.

 

- On the other hand, TEFAA (the department where I'm staying), stays in the middle of nowhere, with a nice view over the mountains. It's quiet and nice. And they taught me how to make a Frappé! :D Delicious caffeine intoxication.

 

- If the streets become suddenly quiet, there's one reason for it: Football. Greek will concentrate themselves insides taverns and coffee shops, in front of a single TV. They're football fanatics.

This calls for scientific experiences: how will Greeks act if their TV is turned off during a critical point from a football match?

Requirements: One TV-B-Gone. You know this will end in tragedy.

 

- The streets are also ridiculous safe. I have seen kids wandering in the streets during late Friday and Saturday night, like if's playground time. I don't think there's such thing as a curfew, like in France.

Two days ago, I saw a bunch of kids carrying giant boxes down the main street. Maybe they wanted to build a fortress?

 

- Roses are red

Violets are blue

The Greek Alphabet is a mess

P is R

v is n

H is I

 

- If you go to a grocery store, and say "Portugal", they may give you an orange.

 

 

That is all. I'm going to the Clock Tower today, and will deliver photos tomorrow.




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