I am moving my family to Greece in a month. Well, almost. We will be in Israel for a few weeks first.
If you are concerned about my safety, you are not the only one. Several people have cautioned me about moving to Greece.
A few days ago, I did a safety search on Athens. The results were grim. Murder, rape, theft. It was actually rather depressing. But, then I noticed the news was about Athens, Georgia.
I am not kidding.
Meanwhile, in Athens, Greece, they were rioting in the streets. The government had suggested retirement pensions should drop from €2,700 per month to €2,500 per month.
Results of the riot? A few minor injuries and a few arrests. Advice for foreigners? Stay away from the riots and protests. Typically, they are planned, and announced ahead of schedule.
Meanwhile, British writer and traveller Simon Reeves writes this: “You are not going to be confronted by desperate scenes unless you seek them on the islands closest to Turkey. It’s up to you.”
I grew up in Europe. In fact, I have recently renewed my British citizenship. I just received a British passport last week.
Terrorism, tight security, checkpoints, and “Your papers, please…” were a normal part of growing up for me. No big deal. That’s just the way life was. I always felt safe in Europe.
When I returned to America at the age of 18, that’s when I began to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
I’ve never been to Athens, Greece. Perhaps I am making a foolish decision. However, I have been to Athens, Georgia. Was there a few years ago, in fact. Stopped late one night for gas. Didn’t like it one bit. I felt very uncomfortable. I was happy to move on.
Perhaps I will feel the same in Athens, Greece. Perhaps, but, I doubt it. I will let you know in a few months.
Meanwhile, while you read all the negativity about Greece, read this too: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/12133273/Simon-Reeve-Greece-will-always-have-the-capacity-to-surprise.html