Rules for travelling in Greece:
- Greece is a country of amazing bakeries.
- There are lots of dogs: guard, shepherd, stray. Most of them like to run after a cyclist and bark loudly.
- Road conditions differ: some are decent, some are really good. But wherever there was a need to dig the road (and trust me, there always was), it’s never patches properly.
- Cycling paths is an unknown term in Greece. When I once unexpectedly found one in a small town, it turned out that Greeks had found a new use for it: parking spot for scooters.
- Football fans like to manifest their love for their favourite teams on road signs so sometimes it’s difficult to read anything on them.
- Shops, bars and ATMs are widely available.
- Entering Athens from the West is relatively painless. Exiting to the North means two days of cycling through suburbs and among hangars and warehouses.
- When you ask Greeks for directions, they will raise their left hand and say: ‘turn right’. Make sure what exactly they mean.
- Greeks appreciate it when you can order a coffee and say two things about yourself in Greek.
- Fruit and vegetables are wonderfully juicy and tasty. It’s worth to try them all.
In Greece I went on a new level and instead of waving a paper note, I learnt how to ask what I want in Greek. I won’t claim it’s perfect Greek, but I was always understood.
Ime turista apotim Polonija. Tha itela ipnos me skini konda spiti. Ime ena kurica, konda ikojenia asfalia. Efharisto.
I’m a tourist from Poland. I’d like to sleep in a tent near your house. I’m one girl, near a family it’s safe. Thank you.
Kalimera – Good morning
Kalispera – Good evening
Efharisto – Thank you
Parakalo – Please
Kalioristi – Enjoy your meal
Jamas – Cheers
Dhen katalava – I don’t understand
Oreo – Beautiful
Kalo – Good
Podhilato – Bicycle
Aristera – Left
Dhexia – Right
Efhia – Straight
Skini – Tent
Dromo – Road, street
Poli – A lot
Ligo – A little
Mikro – Small
Megalo – Big
Ethniki odos – Highway
Psumi – Bread
Afga – Eggs
Nero – Water
Kreas – Meat
Tyri – Cheese
Spiti – House