Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Going to Thessaloniki, Greece still in economic limbo...

Driving up north with the daughter of an 1971 AFS Girls School graduate, Eleftheria née Rangoussi '69, who now lives in Philadelphia. Kathy -- born in CT and a trained nurse -- is going to pick up her‎ daughter Eleftheria, who is now attending the American Farm School high school program some 44 years later!

I would like to report clear cut, good news about the political/economic situation here in Greece, but I cannot. The capital is awash in speculation and anxiety. People here simply cannot afford more cuts to their pensions or added taxes for necessities like food and utilities.  Many people have put any even minimal summer plans on hold. The Finance Minister said that yesterday was a good day, because now the issues have been clarified, And polling shows that the Greek public doesn't want the government for change to back down. We will have answers very soon. 

While in Athens I stayed with my dear Aunt Soula Chrysopoulou in Palaion Faliron where I ate down-home cooking (‎Naousaiko pitta!), watched the news, and talked about family history. Her father was the mayor of Naousa during the Civil War and was assassinated by the communists guerrillasAt the time she was safely in Athens and became a world traveler with her late husband Mario, even living in Salt Lake City where he went to school and where their daughter Leah was born. They came to Stockton/Tracy many times -- and we had much to talk about including who to visit when I go to Naousa next week to work on my maternal grandmother Pareskevoula's quarter of our Family Tree.

This morning, my aunt was yelling at the TV. She is 86 and already her pension has been cut by 36 percent. Can you blame her?

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