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Long ago, I used to have a lot of penfriends from all around the world. I'd receive 70-80 letters weekly and answered them all. But since I connected to the Internet in 2000, emailing has been a much faster way to keep in touch with friends and family or make... Continue »
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A. Vegetables celery Σέλινο lettuce Μαρούλι spinach Σπανάκι cabbage Κραμπί okra Μπάμια carrots Καρότα artichokes Αγγινάρες mushrooms Μανιτάρια Courgettes / zucchini Κολοκύθια brussel sprouts Λαχανάκια Βρυξελλών aubergines / egg-plant Μελιτζάνες tomatoes Ντομάτες cucumber Αγγουράκι onions Κρεμμύδια peas Μπιζέλια green beans Πράσινα φασολάκια beetroot Παντζάρι raddish Ρεπάνι rocket Ρόκα cauliflower Κουνουπίδι... Continue »
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TIME IDIOMS In the blink of an eye If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens nearly instantaneously, with hardly enough time to notice it. "The pickpocket disappeared in the blink of an eye." Cut it/things fine If you cut it/things fine, you leave barely enough time... Continue »
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On July 30, 2012, I made a commitment and was determined to stick to it and go cold turkey: never take another puff! Giving up smoking wasn't easy but I'm proud of myself because it's been a year now I haven't lit up. Last July, I was diagnosed with PAD... Continue »
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Have you ever felt the infinite pleasure of doing nothing but laze around or lie on the beach all day? Although I am, generally, a very active person, in July I recharge my batteries by indulging in indolence. I enjoy sleeping but I almost invariably get up at 7:00 am.... Continue »
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The first time Alkis and I spent a summer holiday in Chalkidiki was 10 years ago. I must admit that we were quite disappointed and since then we had excluded Chalkidiki as a holiday destination. In the summer of 2003, we spent a week in Kallithea situated at the first... Continue »
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The peninsula of Chalkidiki lies south-west of Thessaloniki - the second largest city in Greece - and covers an area of 2945 km. There are about 100,000 inhabitants permanently living in 5 cities and 69 villages. The gulf of Thermaikos lies at its western side while the rest of the... Continue »
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The peninsula of Chalkidiki lies south-west of Thessaloniki - the second largest city in Greece - and covers an area of 2945 km. There are about 100,000 inhabitants permanently living in 5 cities and 69 villages. The gulf of Thermaikos... Continue »
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Cooking is like blogging. Sometimes you are short of ideas or short of time or reluctant to put something on the grill for yet another day, or simply too lazy to try a complex recipe. There are days when you haven't planned your menu, take-away or delivery is not an... Continue »
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Typepad - the best blogging platform in the world - has recently celebrated its 10th birthday. I felt like celebrating with them because for me, the Typepad team are like family. I first heard about Typepad at my hairdresser's while browsing the Greek version of Marie-Claire. That was back in... Continue »
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Many people believe that fatty foods are much tastier than their healthy version. But have they ever tried to adopt a healthier eating pattern in their daily diets? I don't think so because if they had they would have acknowledged the great benefits of a daily healthy diet. Healthy eating... Continue »
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After a hectic month at the school, I felt I needed a break before starting to mark final exam papers, writing final reports and doing some more extra lessons for my Cambridge ESOL students in June. As you may know, I am incurably in love with Protaras. It's like a... Continue »
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Today marks the end of classes for the school year 2012-2013 but the school year hasn't come to an end yet. Next week, all classes will have to take final exams which are compulsory and free of charge. So, as you may realise, it's been a hectic week at work.... Continue »
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Living 1204 km away from Serres, Alkis' hometown, doesn't often allow us to spend time with friends and family there. This is why we decided to spend yet another Easter in Serres and Thessaloniki. It was one of the greatest Easter trips we've ever had. Here goes! DAY 1 -... Continue »
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My mother and I don't always get along very well. More often than not, it seems that one of us is saying the wrong thing, presses the wrong buttons and, as a result, our conversations tend to be quite explosive! Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that we... Continue »
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Easter is round the corner and all over Greece and Cyprus, it's that time of year again when housewives bake their tsourekia, their flaounes, their Easter cookies and look forward to the greatest celebration of the year. The Greek Easter is filled with all those smells of our traditional Easter... Continue »
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Easter is the greatest celebration of the year for the Greek Orthodox Church . It is the symbol of human rebirth and the promise of life after death. It is the ultimate message of love and forgiveness, it is the time when God and sinners reconcile and spread the love... Continue »
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As second term reports are round the corner, I've been burning the midnight oil all this week in order to meet deadlines and finish my marking before April 15. "Why worry about deadlines? After all, you are your own boss!", friends and family often remark. The truth is I don't... Continue »
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Last Monday was a national holiday celebrating Greece's Independence from the 368 years of Ottoman occupation. Just like on all special days, the Greeks celebrate with festive food and family reunions. According to Greek tradition, on 25 March, the special menu is cod fritters served with skordalia. Skordalia is a... Continue »
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Photo Credit The Greek War of Independence celebrated on March 25 all over Greece and Cyprus was, undoubtedly inspited by the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. Exactly nine months before Christmas, Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was chosen to bear Jesus Christ - the Son of God. On March... Continue »
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