Tuesday, October 03, 2006

After one month in Greece

After staying here for one month, I came to know lot about Greece. Specially I recollect my memories. So I thought its better to Jot down them before I forget again.

Some famous Historical figures.. that I can remember

1. Herodotus - The father of History, had written lot about Greek History BC
2. Homer - was a legendary early Greek poet and rhapsode traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey, commonly assumed to have lived in the 8th century BC
3. Archimedes - (c. 287 BC212 BC) was an ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher

Church in front of our apartment in Aharnon Street, Attika , Athens

But the following things was not known to me..

  • It was not known to me that Greece is so good in Basketball, they are the runners one in the Basketball World cup recently concluded

  • From 14th to 18th Century Greece was under Turkish Rule and got independence on 1821

  • So after the foreign inveigler's, Greece did not have major cultural development

  • The first civilization of Europe was in Greece, but The Mesopotamia and Indian Civilization is much older than ancient Greek civilization

  • Lot of immigrants came to Greece in last few decades, specially from Albania, East-Europe, Middle-East, Pakistan, Africa, Bangladesh etc and most of them are unemployed. So as the unemployment rate is growing higher, the crime rate has also increased here

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits are available in every market, and cultivation is one of the major occupation for the inhabitants

  • This is a list of some of the 1400 islands of Greece, of which 227 are inhabited. Only 78 islands have more than 100 inhabitants

  • The modern Greek language is quite similar with the ancient Greek and very different from any other language in Europe, so average people in Greece can not speak in English

  • The total population of Greece is 11.3 million which is less than greater Kolkata population of 13 million, Athens has a population of 3.7 million

  • Athens is very congested, dense and traffic congestion is very high here, so in every major square we can see traffic police controlling traffics

  • Unemployment is a big issue here and thats why getting visa (specially work visa) is nightmare

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