Archive for January 6th, 2005

Three stories from Greece

So, vacations went well, except my final day in Greece, today (jan 04 2005).

I woke up at 6:30 AM to catch my flight to Athens, from Ioannina. We called to the Ioannina airport and they told us that the flight will happen as scheduled. We arrived there with my brother, mother and our friend Alex, I checked in, only to hear the cancelation of the flight in the speakers, 30 minutes before boarding.

So, I take back my suitcase, and we drive like crazy to Athens, about 460 Khm away. Of course, I lost my connection flight for Paris, France at 3 PM, and the Olympic Airlines flight to Paris at 4 PM, as I managed to get to Athens at 5:30 PM.

I waited to the waiting list of Air France’s evening flight until the last moment, and I managed to get a seat as the last person to board! Holly shit, I say. JBQ is waiting for me at CDG in Paris, dunno where we will be sleeping tonight, as because I am arriving late we have already lost our train tickets to Nancy…

Now, the really shitty thing is, that Olympic Airlines don’t want to give me my money back from the canceled Ioannina-Athens flight! I went to their counter, and they told me that they can’t give me money back because the ticket was booked via the Internet! They in fact told me “the weather was bad, what should we have done?” and they tried to justify my non-refund to the weather. But the point of the matter is:
1. They sell a service. If the service can’t happen for *any* reason, they should refund. They didn’t. And because of them, I lost my connection for Paris!
2. We called 4 times to Ioannina to confirm that the flight will happen. They told us that there is no fog today, and so the flight will happen. It didn’t.
3. Indeed, there wasn’t even a single cloud in the sky in Ioannina this morning. There was some wind indeed, but nothing a modern plane couldn’t handle.
4. The Olympic Airlines web site LIED. They wrote on the net that they would put a bigger plane for Ioannina today, because the flights of Sunday and Monday didn’t happen either because of fog. Today, there was no fog, and so I guess Olympic changed their freaking mind and so they put a small plane again! But really small proppella-planes can’t handle big wind indeed, and so Olympic fucked us up again today, third day in the row!

Funny thing was, one of the people who was waiting to get the plane was also Vana Barba, a pretty well known actress in Greece, with her little girl. She couldn’t fly either of course…

Right now that I write this, I am on the evening flight to Paris with Air France, hopefully, my suitcase made it too…

Now, the second thing I wanted to discuss, it’s completely different.

I heard the Greek Orthodox archbishop Christodoulos in the Greek TV yesterday. He pissed me off that guy. Well, he was discussing that “Santa Claus/St Nicholas” is not the same as Greek’s own “Agios Vassilis”. I fully agree with that part. The Santa Claus myth happens on the 24th of December, while Saint Vassilis of Kaisarreia, Turkey, is celebrated by Orthodox’s on January 1st. Now, the thing is, that CULTURES are mixed, and the media market needs to have a unified CULTURE, and so Greeks have made equal SantaClaus and SaintVassilis. So, that part is true that the archbishop.

Where he actually lied is when he said that Santa Claus is a saint of the vikings (god “Chronos” or something) and that people in the western countries are considering the Christmas trees sacred and they pray upon and that the whole thing is paganistic. Sorry, but that ain’t true. What Christodoulos wanted to do here was PROPAGANDA for the Orthodox Church and to further fuck up the relations of the Greek people and the western Europe Christians. Sorry Mr Christodoulos, but I won’t let you do that. Go and become a bit more OBJECTIVE and then go on to the TV and talk your crap.

That’s all I had to report. Nothing much happened during my Greek vacations, I stayed home most of the time… Highlights were the meeting with my brother’s fiance and the unfortunate loss of my mother’s job. She is now jobless, my father doesn’t have much work to do (especially in the winter, you can’t build roofs) and my brother doesn’t have a steady job (he works in 2-3 different jobs to get him going). I am APPALLED by the job situation in Greece in general, there are really no jobs there. And the ones that they are, are mostly consumed by very cheap workers, Albanians for the most part (they are now 1 million Albanians in Greece, while there are about 10 million Greeks).