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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 Piraeus, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
23-25, Notara str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Argo Hotel is centrally located in Piraeus, just a 10-minute walk from Piraeus Port and Piraeus Metro station. The nearest beach is approximately a 15-minute walk away.

Hotel in Rethymno, Greece Rethymno Hills
Rethymno Hills
15, Vogiatzaki Str., 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Rethymno Hills is located in a quiet area, a 9-minute walk from the beach. The centre of Rethymno town is approximately 2 km away.

Hotel in Rhodes, Greece Sylvia Hotel
Sylvia Hotel
114, Kolokotroni Str., 43065 Rhodes, Greece

Centrally located in the historic Rhodes Town, Sylvia Hotel lies 3 minutes walk from the beach and 10 minutes walk from the main port of Rhodes. The medieval centre of the town can be reached within 10 minutes. Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" is at 15 km.


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