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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.

Sun and sea

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.

Cyclades

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

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Studio in Kalymnos, Greece Mary Popi
Mary Popi
Platys Gialos, Panormos, 85200 Kalymnos, Greece

Mary Popi is situated in a quiet location near the popular summer resort Panormos in Kalymnos, just 250 meters from Platys Gialos beach. Kalymnos Island National Airport is at 5 km, while the main port of Kalymnos, Pothia, is 7 km away from the property. The center of Panormos village can be reached within 10 minutes on foot.

Hotel & Spa in Olympia, Greece Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Ancient Olympia, 27065 Olympia, Greece

Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa is located in the beautiful valley of Alfeios river in the famous and picturesque village of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese. The hotel lies within a 15-minute walk from the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and a 10-minute walk from the main street of the village.


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