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Ramadan just ended, and Muslims all over the world celebrated one of the major Islamic holidays. For those of us who live abroad, this means being far away from family and friends, and even if you’re not particularly religious, this can be a lonely time. I wanted to write about my experience as a Muslim expat in Greece and thought it would be a good idea to compare it with my life in Canada.
Living in noisy and polluted Athens means that I often have to escape the city for a while. While travel is not always feasible (there is only so much time and money I can spend on travel) there are ways to escape the city without leaving Athens. Exploring the many Athenian neighborhoods opens up a different world and the best area for this is Plaka.
I have always loved books. My passion for reading was instilled in me by my late father who made sure that I read a lot from a very early age. I started reading years before I started school and had already finished entire children’s books for eight-year-olds by the time I was six.
When people find out that I choose to live in Athens they are usually surprised, if not outright shocked. Generally, they ask how it is to live here during the crisis, especially as a German citizen.
The first time I was really confronted with the amount of stuff I owned was when I decided to move to Greece. I knew I could only take one piece of checked baggage and one carry-on, so I had to take as little as possible. I didn’t know how long I was going to stay in Greece and wanted to be able to move somewhere else without a big hassle. While I didn’t know about the term “minimalism” at the time, I would say that the experience definitely made me understand the advantage of owning fewer things.
A few weeks ago TopVintage, the leading European vintage inspired online store, held a giveaway. The prize was a complete summer look, including a dress, a swimsuit, two accessories, and a pair of shoes. Much to my surprise, I was the winner.
I was born and raised in Germany to a German mother and a Turk from Bulgaria who left his home country due to the lack of individual freedoms under the Communist regime. This background always made me different from the rest of the students at my high school in a medium-sized town in the north of Germany. I never felt fully at home and knew from an early age that I wanted to leave Germany.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.