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In Topic: The Name Yaledakis Or Kayaledakis

26 October 2009 - 05:55 PM

We had family that originated near Chania, they went by Halidakis. Spelling can be translated into may different ways.

In Topic: Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

24 May 2007 - 05:27 PM

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. People are not ignoring me, people want to know my business, they get excited and full of emotion of the simples things. Even when driving people are always honking their horn, and how about Greek TV from the news to the soap operas!

I consider myself a quiet and reserved person, but last month I must have been carrying on about something. A coworker asked me why do I get so emotional and nervous. I didn't have a clue of what she was talking about and was upset that she felt that way. But it got me thinking and I told her, I can't help it, it's in my blood, I'm Greek, this is nothing - you should see some other Greek people I know!


In Topic: Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

24 May 2007 - 09:25 AM

Hi Dinny,

I had a couple of incidents happen to me in Greece when someone was being loud and obnoctious that I had to do the same back to them, and both times they backed off. Sometimes even getting in a line, or getting on the bus you have to get aggressive. Just tell him off in your language louder and wave you hands higher, even if it's not in your nature!


In Topic: Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

23 May 2007 - 07:33 PM

Hi Kickie,

I think some of the local people are happy that there are foreigners living within their community because otherwise they would be the talk of the town and picked on! Good for you for being strong enough and comfortable in your own skin to not care about what people think. You can't change what they think and who cares as long as you know the truth (&God).

There was even rumer of my own mother (born in Kalives) after my father past away, that she was off getting married.....they had this whole story going in details and she is even in her 70's!

I've been traveling without my husband lately because he doesn't like to. When I go to Greece this summer I know people will talk, even my mother-in-law (she's Greek), I know what they will be think 'a good Greek woman would stay home with her husband'. I'm tired of worring about what people will say, I figure I have one life to live, I really miss Crete, I'll only be gone for 3 weeks, then I'll be back doing everyones laundry, cooking, cleaning...


In Topic: Living Next To You Neighbours In Crete

23 May 2007 - 12:11 AM

Hi Wim,

I don't believe there is a Greek translation for the word 'privacy'. One joke I heard from an American/Greek friend was - the fastest way to get the word out is not through telephone, or telegraph, it's to 'tell a Greek'. In the village they like to talk and gossip, and if your reputation is tarnished I don't think there is a way to repair it. Even if you looked at someone of the opposite sex people they might think you were sleephing with them. I was raised in the USA with 2 parents from a small village in Crete, and I grew up always with the fear of 'what will the neighbors think', 'be careful, you will get a bad name'. I think what happened to your friends was a combination of the Greek male ego (they think they are gods - sorry Yannis - not you!), and also the village mentality. This is just my opinion.