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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Athens, Greece
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I will see new places and be safe. Meet new friends and find new challenges in my career. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
It is obvious from your writing that you didn't take the time to do a little reading about Greece and its people nor did you stop and attempt to learn a few very important Greek words which helps in foreign countries. A Greek friend gave me a book years ago title "Beware of Greeks Baring", read it on any over night flight. So glad it did. Good luck, take a deep breath and enjoy your life Cheers
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Athens, Greece
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Always ask the reasons behind things. For example, if a bank asks you for your father's name - it may not be because they will go to him if you can't pay. It might be because before computers, that was the only way they could differentiate you from your 5 cousins with the same name. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I found it very frustrating dealing with civil servants and other public employees. They are usually brusque, irritable and "full of" themselves, flaunting their authority. Once you get to know Greek people, they are lovely and generous, especially in the countryside. I loved living and working in Greece for five years -- and now, five years later, I have forgotten the crazy part of life there, and I just miss the place...
A reader replied recently with:
life is a lot differnt i have been in Kuwait for seven years and i still can not beleive the thing they do. Like a lot of places men and woman can not go togather.they park where ever they like.they will stop right in the middle of traffic to buy food.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Athens, Greece
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
I went to the first midwife-run facility in Athens--but there are midwives aplenty in the villages. I had a completely natural delivery--except they coerced me into breaking my waters and starting pictocin, which made everything quite unnecessarily painful. They also gave me an episiotomy, which I was against. It's hard to stand to your convictions when going through such a hormone- and pain-fueled experience, but have supportive people around you who know your wishes. And don't let yourself alone with any medical personel whatsoever!!!! They aren't always looking out for your best interests. I stayed two days before going home with Gabriel, and the midwife only made one visit to check on us (and collect her money) -- very unprofessional. Unfortunately, they were the best I found, as I went to (literally) FIVE ob's before finding them. Greece has a very high c-section rate (almost 50%) and if you want to avoid this, you must pick your ob very carefully. Really question him. All perform routine episiotomies and discourage rooming in and nursing! If possible, I encourage you to ask about village midwives (maia's) to do your delivery, and stay home, if possible. If I had just stayed in my safe little apartment, they never would've been able to give me the pictocin and threaten me with a c-section. Only after we told them we wouldn't be using their private doctor for any emergency, but rather going to the state hospital--then they finally shut up and did their jobs. Relax. It was a mixed bag, experience-wise. Yes, I have some issues with how they mistreated me, but the alternatives were so much worse. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
This is a pile of crap. I had my babies in Greece - all 4 and the experiences there were SO much better than the births of the other 2 in the States. There, I almost lost my life and the life of one of my kids since the doctor had not "heard of women who do not actually go into labor..." Oh give me a break!
A reader replied recently with:
i would love to hear more from you about birth in Greece. i am a childbirth educator from new Zealand who also teaches private birth preparation classes, works as a birth companion to women and would love to find some work in Greece with English-speaking parents-to-be if it were possible. My email is info@holisticbirth.co.nz
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Athens, Greece was published
Culture-Shock-in-Athens
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Do more "market research" on your destination before arriving and check the findings with people you know who live there. If it appears too much, plan "coping mechanisms" before moving. (Continue)
Expat Report Culture Shock in Athens, Greece was published
Culture-Shock-in-Athens
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
All the above can also be useful thoughts about American and Greek cultural differences and how to cope. There will be Greeks who went to American universities / work there for a while.

Using such trans-national Greeks can be very useful to firms. (Continue)

Expat Report Having a Baby in Athens, Greece by Zollie was published
Having-a-Baby-in-Athens
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
Both babies born at home.Very positive experiences. Just breathing and working with the labour, hot water compressors, loving midwives made my births wonderful.Giving birth in your own enviorment makes all the difference. (Continue)
Expat Report Having a Baby in Athens, Greece by zera was published
Having-a-Baby-in-Athens
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
For the private sector:

I chose my obstetrician first. He was affiliated with one of the 3 large private maternity clinics in Athens. It is a very large clinic.

Positive points: very clean, plenty of staff on hand 24 hours (even if they are rushed), very modern facilities.

Negative points: very expensive (around 2000 euros for the cheapest room option - 6 mothers sharing a room, not including doctors fee); impersonal; breastfeeding difficult because rooming in is near impossible; staff ill-informed about breastfeeding; Too many visitors and visiting hours are not strictly enforced by staff. I had natural childbirth with epidural. Hospital stay: 4 days. The birth experience was positive thanks to a fantastic UK-trained midwife and obstetrician. My experience with the clinic was very negative. (Continue)

Expat Report Review of Cottage in Athens, Greece was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent facilities, bright, spacious, colorful rooms, filled with age-appropriate toys and activities, the walls are constantly filled with various projects which the children created, which change by season, holidays, etc. (Continue)
Expat Report Having a Baby in Athens, Greece was published
Having-a-Baby-in-Athens
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
Fully modern American style maternity hospital. Epidural. 5 days due to c-section. Yes. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Kifissia Montessori School in Athens, Greece was published
Review-of-Kifissia Montessori School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Spacious light-filled classroom, loads of authentic Montessori equipment plus leafy garden with sandpit, playground equipment, and play houses.

Special themed party afternoons, extra English language classes (Continue)

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