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Ah, Ellada mou, I miss you...

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Hello, anyone out there?

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Hi Julie, where are you now? I am rethinking what to do with my life as my son
has accepted a position in Canada and I have to take a good look at myself
and decide what to do with the rest of my life.
It is very hot and humid here. How is your weather?

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Monday at 11 is great. Where do u want to meet at Syntagma? My home phone is 210-7649-769. My cell is 6932342670. Cant wait!!!!!! Xo. Julie. Write me back with details

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Hi Julie. I am sitting here in Renti with my friend and reading over your entry.
she has confirmed the different taxes - how crazy.
Anyway, I am meeting 3 Spark friends at Syntagma on Monday at 11 am.
Will you be able to join us? Will send you a message with my phone number.
Would love to meet you and catch up.
Hugs
Anna

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Hello everyone.

I'm hoping you are all doing well. The heat is exhausting, at least for me. I love warm-hot weather, but this is really really ridiculously hot.

Well, we've made an agreement with the EU/IMF/Central Bank or, Troika. I don't know about you but I was living on tether-hooks for weeks. Not exercising, over-eating and just general stressing and even depression. When you don't know what's going on - at least for me - it is a scary thing.

I'm just glad, either way, Greece is much more stable now. It just can put my mind to a bit of a rest. I hope yours too, if you were stressing. I now call this summer "the summer of my discontent."

Anyway, there are some pretty strange new taxes I'm sure you've heard of. One, no joke, if you order a souvlaki plain, it is 13 percent still, if it is with salt, it goes up to the 23%. Now, as all restaurants have salt on tables, or if ordering out, we can put our own salt on it if necessary, well, that is one dumb tax. Also, if you order a "tylikto" with all the fixings it 23%, just plain, 13%. What? Right?

This one is funny. If you purchase beef at the butcher you pay 23% tax. If you add to the same package (deli paper) 51% pork) you pay only 13%. So, if you get 1 kilo of beef kima and 1.25 of port kima you pay only 23%. It's mind boggling!

I can see that most of us living in Greece are willing to go to extremes to evade taxes that are ridiculous and for me, knowing many mom's who don't work out of the house, there are many ways to go to shops to get "xuma" products so as not to pay the 23% on packaged nuts or beans. It's just an odd system. But, indeed the companies fight back with big promotions and so on. Lots of buy one, get one and a recent cereal my family loves was 2 boxes for 4 Euros, and it is usually 3.60 per box. Good deal.

So, as for me, I will make a few changes in my shopping habits while at the same time not go overboard and spend my whole week avoiding the newly imposed taxes. Many confuse me, but I must carry on in as regular a life that I can. It's easy for me to become obsessed about these things. Don't want that to happen.

Indeed, the lykee is always a great option!!! Go there most often anyway.

Will just "keep calm and purchase less."

Be well my friends, if you have any money-saving ideas, let me know!! Or share with the group. We all can help each other at this time.

Julie

Edited by: JPAGGEO at: 7/29/2015 (04:11)
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