The hospitality of Greek people: a true, personal story
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The hospitality of Greek people: a true, personal story

Greece ● Serifos ● 09 June 2017
 

The hospitality of Greek people is famous worldwide, and is one of the best experiences you will live during your vacations in Greece. The Greek hospitality has roots in the antiquity, and its ancient concept was called xenia, which means guest-friendship. Ancient as well as modern Greeks are enormously generous with their guests, even if they are not friends or relatives. Greece, as a touristic country, is used to millions of travellers every year, and it welcomes them with joy. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone speaks English and is willing to show you the road or help you with everything you need. If you travel solo in Greece, you will never feel alone. You can meet dozens of young people in the cafés and bars, who want to talk to you, guide you and show you the beauty of their place. And if you choose a room or a guesthouse to rent for your vacations, you will be impressed by the generosity and the care of your landlord, who will treat you like a truly good friend.


As a Greek, I was aware of this hospitality, and I always had a great time during my summer vacations on a Greek island. However, I had never needed the help of someone, and I thought that this hospitality was only the treat and the smile of the women that took care of the accommodation I have chosen. It was my last day in Serifos when I realised that the famous Greek hospitality is something more.

I was together with my friend in the wonderful but secluded beach of Serifos Kalo Ampeli, when someone stole our bags, while we were swimming. It was our mistake that we left our stuff unattended, but we couldn't think that something bad would happen. We were suddenly on the island without money or credit cards since in our bags, we had also put our wallets. If this incident happened on another day, it would be a disaster for our holidays. But now, it was our last day, so we thought that we could just sit in our hotel and ask our landlord to give us a sandwich to eat until we leave the next morning back home to Athens.

However, the sweet old lady in our hotel had other plans for us. She was so sad about our misfortune that she invited us for dinner in her house, together with her family. She also gave us 20€ each to have money till we return back home, and afterwards, she asked her son to accompany us for our last drink in Serifos. His willingness surprised us, but the most impressive thing was that he bought us drinks and waited for us to finish our stroll because we had no money to take a taxi.

When we were finally in Athens and our adventure was over, we had, in spite of our misfortune, the best feeling in the world for this beautiful people. Serifos is since then in my heart, an island that reminds me of the Greek hospitality and generosity, which is flourishing despite the difficult times that all Greek people have due to the economic crisis.

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