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I’m Going To Greece For A Holiday During The Greek Crisis.

July 1, 2015

You see it on the news, you see it in newspapers and it’s also all over the internet – the Greek crisis is probably the hottest topic right now and only those who are living in a cave will not have any idea of it. They are the first developed country to default from the IMF so we’re really kind of witnessing a history here. You’re a special kind if all these things won’t scare you and give you some second thoughts about your Greek holiday. It’s a normal reaction and probably the most reasonable one. The fear of not being able to get money out of the ATM or not being able to go around because there is not enough petrol or not enough food for everyone (because no petrol, no anything actually) or probably the worst would be you’ll be in the middle of a huge civil unrest. It’s scary and I don’t blame anyone if they cancel their Greek holiday the last minute.

Now unlike most of the holidaymakers, I really have no choice but to go to Greece TODAY. The Greek Mister is already there waiting for me and we’re about to embark on a 3-week holiday island hopping around Greece. I’ve been looking forward to this holiday since last April and it would be a shame if we won’t be able to do it. However, being the pessimistic person that I am who always think of the worst case scenarios in every situation that I’m in – I can’t help but be worried. But really, if you think about it, what’s the worst that could happen? Be stuck in a very beautiful country that is.

In the midst of all my fears, The Greek Mister keeps telling me not to worry about anything as everything’s perfectly normal where they are – Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece after Athens. Now I’m not sure if it’s the Greek talking in him (Greeks are much like Filipinos, they don’t really worry about much even if things are worrisome) or if he’s really telling the truth that there is nothing to worry about. I have to say though that all of the photos he’s sending me from Greece is making me wish I was already there right now with him.

Halkidiki, Greece

That view!!!!

Halkidiki, Greece

Halkidiki, Greece

The only thing that he told me he’s worrying about is that it’s been raining since he arrived. He knows that I’m a sun-worshiper but rain wouldn’t ruin a holiday for me.  Greece is much too beautiful to not be enjoyed, rain or shine.

So yes, I’m going ahead with my holiday. I’m writing this from the airport as I wait for my flight. Funny thing is, I’m not even in Greece and yet I can already feel the crisis. I went to the Travelex counter inside Doha airport earlier to exchange my remaining USD and QAR to Euro and I was informed that they only have a total of EUR1700 in their office. He also said that he couldn’t exchange all my money to Euro since the customer before me just went to the ATM to withdraw some cash to buy the remaining euros that they have. I begged him. Repeatedly. And he agreed. Very happy to say that I now have a few extra euros with me. Yay!!! :p

I will be updating my Facebook page, Instagram and Snapchat (pinayflyinghigh on snapchat) so if you’re not yet following me on these social media accounts, might be a good idea to do it now specially if you’re bound to Greece anytime soon. Of course, I’m just promoting my social media accounts. Lol.

Wish me luck! See you in Greece!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Mitzie Mee July 9, 2015 at 22:41

    How’s Greece? I saw that all Danish tour operators are doing business as usual because, as Mr. Greek says, there’s nothing to worry about? I think the media had hoped for much more drama, but the only Greece-related story one of the biggest newspapers in Denmark was able to bring, was about Danish tourists helping some African refugees arriving at one of the Greek islands:)
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 10, 2015 at 09:18

      There is absolutely nothing to worry about actually. As a tourist, I haven’t really felt any difference with what’s going on now here. It’s business as usual. Although, it will break your heart whenever you see local Greeks lined up for the ATM machine and they can only take EUR60 for the day.

  • Reply annie lee July 1, 2015 at 18:31

    greek holiday sounds dreamy – crisis or not 🙂 is everything a lot cheaper cos of it? my friend just went on a honeymoon there. she said it was so beautiful she didn’t wanna leave!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 6, 2015 at 11:15

      I agree, Greece is absolutely beautiful crisis or not – summer or winter. :p
      Relative to the Middle East where I currently live, Greece is definitely one of the cheapest European countries I’ve been to so far.

  • Reply Micamyx|Senyorita July 1, 2015 at 17:36

    Enjoy your trip! I also have plans of visiting Greece to meet up and travel with a good friend. Will look forward to your updates! 😀
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 6, 2015 at 11:16

      Thank you Senyorita! 🙂
      Definitely having the time of my life here now. :p

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