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How Greece helped my friend recover from depression

Cyclades ● Greece ● 18 May 2017
 

It is not an exaggeration to say that the secret of longevity can be found in Greece. Mediterranean cuisine, sunshine, sea and the Greek people's cheerful attitude to life are things that can explain that. When I lived in Greece, I was not as grateful for these things as I should be because I thought they were granted. But then, I moved out in Germany, and I realised nothing was granted. However, I always had the chance to spend some days in Greece, feel better and recover from everything depressive. Just staring at the sea, enjoying its breeze and at the same time the warm sun on your face, drinking and dancing with your friends in a bar by the sea and eating the delicious food that your mum made for you is the best solution to everything.


In Germany, I had a friend, who lived all his life in the beautiful city of Hamburg. He loved his city, and I could really understand him. The most cities in Central and Northern Europe are wonderful. Lush greenery, well-preserved buildings, clean streets, organised structures, huge parks, rivers and lakes can give you stunning pictures and make you feel living in a place that is worth living. However, the sunshine in northern Germany is rare, the program is very strict, and people need time to relax and create friendships.

My friend was successful, but unhappy. He had all the time the feeling that something was going wrong with his life. He had a great job, money, some friends, and a modern apartment. He was handsome and was going to the gym several times per week. But he was smiling not as often as he should do taking into account that he had everything.

Then, I invited him to come to Greece for two weeks. He had never been to Greece because he preferred to spend his vacations on an island near Hamburg, Sylt, which was called by the Germans "Mykonos of Germany". I told him that Mykonos was something extremely different, and he agreed to spend some days in Cyclades. I suggested him to do island-hopping in order to see more Greek islands. I could not be with him during the whole trip, but I saw him two days in Athens before his tour begins, and I also spent a weekend with him in Syros after his island-hopping.

I was really happy to see that after his amazing tour, he was not the same man. He was relaxed, he was smiling, he had a different attitude towards life. He told me that just a few days of sunbathing, swimming in the sea, drinking ouzo in a traditional tavern, talking to the Greek people, who despite of their difficulties, were optimistic, and eating well-cooked seafood were enough to make him feel better and appreciate his job and life.

He decided to come every summer in Greece, to take its positive energy and then, return back with his batteries full and a smile on his face.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Sissy Hotel
Sissy Hotel
Marathonas, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Sissy Hotel is located in Marathonas just 3 minutes walk from the beach and 5 km from Aegina town and from the main port of the island. A supermarket and traditional restaurants can be found within 200 m. A bus stop with a good bus service to Aegina town is located right across the property.

Boutique Hotel in Litochoro, Greece Litochoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa
Litochoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa
Plaka , 60200 Litochoro, Greece

Litohoro Olympus Resort Villas & Spa is 3.2 km from Litohoro and only just over 1.6 km from Mount Olympus National Park. The city of Katerini is 12.1 km away. Free private parking is available on site.

Hotel in Naxos, Greece Hotel Hara
Hotel Hara
Agios Georgios Beach, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Located in Chora, the capital town of Naxos, Hotel Hara is only a 3-minute walk from the beach. The Port of Naxos is 950 m away and Naxos National Airport is 3.1 km away.


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