Time to Fold
So, it is with mixed emotions, I have to announce that my family will no longer be living in Greece as of next Thursday. With the price increases in utilities, declining sales and the sharp increase of customers who can't or won't pay their bills, our businesses have suffered the effects of a population burdened by debt. We sold the stores in March (although due to bureacracy, the sales were only finalized 2 weeks ago) so we could focus on another technology project of my husband's. While he received rave reviews and positive feedback, it wasn't enough to consider continuing this part of the business in Greece where internet penetration is still very low and people haven't adopted the view that computers are a necessity and not a luxury. He decided that Canada would offer him more opportunities to grow this part of his business in earnest without having to deal with the corruption and limitless bureacracy we experience daily here.
We talked to our son as well about the possibility of moving back to Canada, and like all kids, he has visions of Christmas with snow, deer in the backyard and camping by lakes so he was only too happy to move. When we told him that his life in Canada wouldn't be a permanent vacation and that he'd still have to go to school, do homework and chores, he was still positive about the move since he'd also see his grandparents, aunts and cousin again and live in a house with an actual yard and not a balcony. I thought he would probably change his mind once we got to the actual move but it's upon us now and although he's feeling sad about leaving his friends, he's absolutely determined to go.
Even though I know that from a business and education standpoint, leaving Greece is the wise thing to do, I am not doing it with excitement or happiness. I will miss so much about Greece that I've come to love which makes it very hard for me to say goodbye to the country which was my home for the last eight years. I will miss the Greeks on the streets, in stores, on public transit who engaged my son in conversation about his world of dinosaurs, sea creatures and stray animals. I will miss seeing them hug and kiss him as if he was their own. I will miss Greek food, Greek islands, Greek culture and history and of course, the famous Greek weather. It is just too bad we can't live off those things alone.
I don't regret moving here despite all the problems we've had over the years with the system. I may regret leaving. If only Greece had some semblance of a responsible and competent government, we wouldn't have even entertained the thought of leaving.
I will continue to update my blog from Canada but the focus will change as I begin my life again. I hope all my readers will still continue to read my blog from time to time--there's enough scandal happening in Canada as well so I doubt my blog will suffer from lack of fresh content. Someone has to blog it all so it may as well be me!
I'll see you all in about a week since I'm off to the land of hockey, beavers, snow and Molson's!