I'm not Greek, but my parents gave me a Greek name. They probably guessed where I would end up. Or the name makes the person of course.
I'm from the Netherlands. I'm embarrassed to say as people sometimes link me with the damage Dijsselbloem did to Greece. I don't feel Dutch, it's just a passport, but trying to escape the question by saying the name of the last village I travelled through never works.
I'm someone who values life, nature, living outdoors and taking care of my own food. The Netherlands has none of that, instead it values career, being nice and compliant, order, materialism... <Where is this puke: icon when you need it?>
So after too many years of trying to adapt to Dutch standards I gave up. I packed a bag, got on my bicycle and just started cycling. I ended up on Crete and stayed. I did leave a few times, but always seem to gravitate back. Learning Greek now, slowly, one word per day. I don't want to end up as most of the local foreigners here who don't speak a word Greek even though they live here already for 10+ years.
What is funny, is that in the Netherlands my life was a never ending financial struggle. I lived in the cheapest house, ate for €1 a day and had no car or other big expenses; but with the current trend of 0-hour contracts and temporary-jobs, I never earned enough to have something left at the end of the the month.
On Crete the weather is good enough to live outdoors (and partly in a friend's caravan) and food is cheap if you know where to look. With just the olive work in the winter I make enough to cover the financial expenses and to save some as well! Not forgetting to mention the freedom this way of living brings!
But it's not always fun (I never knew the value of a hot shower, now I do!), and even here people sometimes look at me with a lot of question marks floating around their heads. But I like it and as a side effect it enables me to focus on stuff most people don't have time for, like the lionfish problem.
What the future will bring I don't know. Don't really care for that either. Life is too chaotic to make plans and have them work out too.
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I've seen people do that, but I always feared the creases it would get that way, especially when drying the opencell side.