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#11185 Kickie

Posted by -Kickie- on 25 May 2007 - 03:24 PM in Introduce Yourself

Hi Brook,

Yes, Chania is lovely!

As for housing I'll have to quote an 80's singer to answer; Wherever I lay my hat... We still haven't got a flat, but home is Agia Marina - Platanias, and there are plenty of sun beds:D

Staying with a friend the first couple of days to give me time to look at some flats and find a job. I've got two interviews coming up. My daughter has her job in Agia Marina and none of us drive (sober...) so we thought nearby would be best for her. Me, I might have to use the local buses but then I'm not on holidays anymore. If we make it through the summer we will probably have more to choose from.

Time will tell, and as soon as I know so will you all.


#11179 Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 24 May 2007 - 09:26 PM in Living in Crete

I've come to realise that all these things that I dislike are the things that I like best. I'VE NEVER FELT MORE ALIVE.

Spot on Mary! That's what make my eyes sparkle :huh: We wouldn't keep coming back if it was that bad, would we?


#11173 Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 24 May 2007 - 12:50 PM in Living in Crete

Dinny, You have a horrible neighbor that absolutely need a BIG doze of Danish whoop-ass! Make sure he/they gets it before you move! No need for politeness in either language, Ade g***sou works perfectly fine, put some real effort in and shout it. I agree with Mary, "Just tell him off in your language louder and wave you hands higher, even if it's not in your nature!" I know it works as I've done it myself a couple of times :huh:

Some of my success origin from the summer when I worked as a bouncer in a well known bar in Platanias and actually had to hit a couple of noses. I don't like fighting but h*ll I'm good at it! Did some "educational" banging around in the street once and haven't had any problems ever since. Some rumors occurred later about me having a black belt in martial arts. No further comments...

I'm a rather timid person and have had big problems adjusting when it comes to Greek ques, hence I end up waiting for hours and hours. Last summer I was in a hurry shopping, a young bloke and his girlfriend passed me and I simply exploded. I told him of in Swedish, English AND Greek, mixed, and felt better than ever when I left the shop. The bloke was speechless and my daughter more than surprised since it was very not me.

When I changed house last summer I ended up in the "old community" with little or no privacy. I rented a flat in a private house, the wonderful landlady well over her 70's not speaking any English at all. The night I moved in a male friend of mine drove me and my luggage there and stayed a couple of hours, indoors..., for a drink and a chat. The next day I got invited for lunch at my landlady's and she cross examined me. Was I divorced? Was my husband bad? Did I have children? Where where they? How old? Was my friend a boyfriend and was he a good boy? and so on...I simply answered yes to all questions, she herself assumed my ex hubby was drinking (rightfully) and she was very pleased after that. I did "my laundry" in public, inviting friends to my flat without bothering further and everyone seemed very happy with me.

So go for it girls, if they p*ss you of let them know it!

P.s. Dinny, I wish you all the best with your future neighbors!

#11158 Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 23 May 2007 - 09:44 AM in Living in Crete

Mary, I grew up in a small (even compared to Cretan standards) village and know exactly all about "village mentality" as I'm not only a woman but also a bastard. Panagia mou, the locals had plenty to talk about and I was only 18 months when I moved there! Through out the years I developed "bad hearing" and realized that whatever I did I did it wrong in the locals eyes, so I stopped caring.

When I started coming to Crete the village behavior was familiar to me. I was and am a single woman, Swedish and blue eyed too B) Made a few good friends (male), talked to everyone and still do, didn't bother much about gossip and didn't understand if I was the topic of the week. Maybe I was, probably I was. One thing I never made was friends with other women. Even some ex paths (women) where jealous and thought I'd steal their men, one still is... It took me 14 years but I finally have a couple of girl friends, both Greek and foreign and all of them married or engaged to Greek men. I didn't give up and I never will, take me as I am or not!

A local friend of mine said a while ago - Kickie, never change for anyone else. If they don't like you as the wonderful caring person you are, they won't like you in any other way! That applies to every country and village.

Now I'm keen to get fluent in Greek so I can hear if they backtalk me :huh: There's plenty to talk about, my nick IS Crazy Kiki, the one who walked through a village dressed in a top with "Poli Trelli Kota" printed in glow-in- the-dark letters (and knew what it meant). You get far with some kick-ass mentality.

I think I need another coffee...

#11157 Kickie

Posted by -Kickie- on 23 May 2007 - 09:07 AM in Introduce Yourself

Kalimera Kriti!

Thank you all for your kind wishes, I will try to keep you posted on my well being and location. If it gets only half as bad and tough as I imagine I will be in paradise, it's all about finding a permanent job as many of you know. Two interviews coming up, fingers crossed!

I've already got plenty of sewing waiting, as all relocated Scandinavians seem to lack curtains and I'm bringing my machines over. Rumor spread fast, a pretty new dressmaker in Chania, which probably will contribute to a more grandiose lifestyle than begging :huh:

Only 9 more days in winter clothes!

Hope to see some of you around//Kickie

#10966 Kickie

Posted by -Kickie- on 05 May 2007 - 10:02 PM in Introduce Yourself

Ahhh...What the heck!

Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce Kickie. Not a new member but more often a quiet one, unless you ask me why I love Crete.
I'm a perfectly well preserved Swedish woman, a mother of two great young adults and a regular visitor of Chania since 16 years. Seen other parts of the island too, and am a sucker for Knossos, but Chania holds my heart. Will there ever be time enough to explore all amazing corners of Crete, will my brain keep in mind all the stunning facts I learn? I have no idea but hence I'm relocating permanently in a few days at least I'll give it all a try.

Leaving Sweden for the "Great Unknown" wasn't a tough decision, I simply had to wait for my children to grow up and finish school. Now they have, my son decided to become a Brit (might have to do with the Ale) and my daughter is just as mad about Crete as I am. Life's wonderful! I'm selling all my belongings and expect to make a new start - Yes, I know it won't be easy but I don't expect it to be either! - in Chania. I rather give it a try and fail than regret that I didn't dare. Life in Sweden have never been easy, only well known, familiar and rather dull. After spending months in Crete, even wintertime, I wouldn't dream of calling it dull. Crete put sparkles in my eyes.

Cheers to my future life!


#10661 House In Heraklion

Posted by -Kickie- on 05 April 2007 - 10:40 AM in Living in Crete

Egon, you have a PM!

#10593 Chronia Polla Kosta!

Posted by -Kickie- on 16 March 2007 - 12:05 PM in Explore Crete

From a sunny but so far cold Sweden...

Chronia Polla Kosta!

All the best on your BIG birthday//Kickie

#10583 The "explore Crete" Village

Posted by -Kickie- on 14 March 2007 - 06:43 PM in Living in Crete

...however is there anyone that would be prepared to work with me restoring these buildings...

Anytime Santo, anytime!

#10578 Happy Birthday

Posted by -Kickie- on 14 March 2007 - 08:23 AM in Explore Crete

B) Well guys... Better late then never,

I just noticed all your warming birthday greetings and feel the urge to thank you!

For your knowledge I was in Chania working last summer, as the previous 3, and spent my birthday in a wonderful tavern having Staka, brisoles and much to much Tsikoudia under the sheltering olive trees. To top it up I had a great boat trip to Balos the day after (great after my head stopped spinning and the slightly green color left my aging face...)

Where could one better celebrate but among friends in Crete?

It was a success, and now when I'm relocating I look forward to many more birthdays in the "arms" of my beloved Crete :blush:

Cheers to you all


#10575 Opening A Bank Account In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 13 March 2007 - 08:47 AM in Living in Crete

Thank you Yannis!

Alpha Bank was my second choice when opening my account. Unfortunately I was short of time and picked the first office I could find, and see where that took me :blush: I will contact them as soon as I enter Chania, straight after picking up my health book at IKA.

Your site is worth gold to me, and all others too I'm sure!

Best wishes

#10573 Opening A Bank Account In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 12 March 2007 - 07:26 PM in Living in Crete

Hi Ton and thank you for replying.

I'm in the middle of selling all my belongings and leave for good, so there won't be any incomes from Sweden, only expenses...Therefore I will need a secure and cheap way for transferring the mortgage a couple of times a year. I might be able to use PayPal or Moneybookers.com but an Internet bank would be easier and less expensive in the end.

Less expensive is nice. Maybe I'll use my savings to buy the tavern in Explore Crete Village I've read about... :blush:


#10568 Opening A Bank Account In Crete

Posted by -Kickie- on 12 March 2007 - 10:05 AM in Living in Crete


I opened an account in EFG Eurobank Ergasias late September -06 and was never asked to deposit any money. It was, and still is, empty since the online banking pages are all written in Greek... :blush: If anyone can point me to a bank that provide internet banking in English I'd be most grateful. I'm just about to relocate to Crete and will need to pay a loan online.