Like Hungary, I’m definitely guilty of having one main thing pop to mind when I think of Greece – those iconic white houses with blue roofs and blue doors. Right? Right. But when I let you in on the list of other things I’m guilty of you’ll see this isn’t one of my worst offenses. I’m guilty of secretly loving Mariah Carey’s Number 1’s album (1998). I’m guilty of having Velveeta in my diet. And I’m also guilty of putting a bird on it. I once bought a bird necklace and actually wore it. I might have also bought what I thought was a hip bird patterned shirt. I may or may not have worn them together.
Fortunately for Greece, many other really profound things come to mind once I get the white house/blue roof imagery out of my head like, for example, the documentary My Big Fat Greek Wedding (is the winky face necessary)? If I base all my Greek knowledge off of this movie I know that YiaYia* rules the roost, they can be loud and hairy, Greek families are up in each others business, food is a big deal, and John Corbett makes everything better. Like waaaay better. Why do I always forget about John Corbett? He is that celebrity crush I always forget I have. I don’t even know what adjectives describe him best other than to say he is just so “John Corbett” and you’d know exactly what I mean and you’d smile and feel good inside. He deserves his own set of Hey Girl memes.
Ok anyway, moving on to profound things about Greece for reals now. Like how about western civilization and democracy were basically born there. Hello Olympics, Greek mythology, Parthenon, and olives. Greek yogurt! Visions of Greek islands like Santorini, Mykonos, and Lefkada dance through my head. And I think Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world?!? As of late, I think we’re all familiar with Greece’s debt crisis. I also love me some Greek food and I know about Ouza but surprisingly have never tried it. I have a feeling that’s going to change.
Not just with Greece, but with all countries we visit, I’m curious to see how they view/treat Americans. Are they leery of Americans? Do they welcome the tourism money in light of their financial situation? Are they welcoming regardless? Being American, I’m very sensitive, curious, and slightly nervous to see how we are received throughout our travels. And I think it goes without saying, we are a family that travels on our best, most respectful, behavior. No bar fights for us.
But I have to admit the strangest assumption I have about Greece is that it feels like a place adults visit without kids. I have no idea where this idea came from or how I developed it. Maybe it’s because typically all the travel photos you see of beautiful places, including Greek islands, show tan and trendy people lounging on pristine beaches….without kids. Or maybe I’m anticipating that two months into our trip this mama is gonna be needing a much needed break after momming and traveling balls to the walls. Who knows, maybe it’s marketing, maybe it’s mom-ticipation or maybe it’s Maybelline.
*Disclaimer: my mom’s grandma name that my kids gave her is Yaya. Spelled differently, pronounced the same (Yaw-Yaw). I think this makes us like a quarter Greek or something.