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Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Greece or the Greek Islands (Crete, Corfu, etc.)
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Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:52 pm

Hello. Here are a few words about me and what I'm doing in Greece...

My partner Penny and I have lived on the west coast of the Peloponnese since 2004. We have six dogs, three cats and 400 olive trees from which we produce organic oil (from the trees, that is, and not the cats and dogs).

As well as being a reluctant olive farmer, I write and also try to persuade Greek friends to play cricket.

I've recently started a series of short (hopefully amusing) podcasts about life in Greece as we know it called 'A Kilo of String'.

There's also another podcast called 'My Big Fat Greek Defence Budget', which is a bit of spoof investigative journalism into... Well, I’m sure you can guess.


My new book 'A Kilo of String' is about my (often bizarre) experiences of living in Greece for thirteen years. viewbook.at/A_Kilo_of_String


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:52 am

Hi everyone,

I’m Paul, I’m 37 years old and from Middlesbrough in Teesside.

I’m looking to relocate to Zakynthos in approx. 2 years and have already begun to try and gather as much knowledge as I can about what is involved, but am still puzzled by certain things which I hope to clear up in the months ahead.

I have been engaged to my partner Louise for a year now and we have been together for 2 years. We were childhood sweethearts who parted company in 1995, living in different parts of the country and both raised families both not knowing were the other was or what they were doing etc. until in 2010 we came across each other on Facebook! I had been separated from the mother of my children since December 2007 and having found each other again rekindled that flame.

We are both heavily into photography and my recent vacation to Zakynthos provided the means for some spectacular photos.

We have both fallen in love with the Island, the people and its culture. We will be taking my partners 2 youngest children with us, Ellie 13 and Billie 11!

On a totally personal level, I am into sports, football, golf, formula 1 etc. I enjoy playing online gaming on my PC and am a hobbyist website designer and am currently working on a photography site when i get time from work.

I am former university Graduate in Information Technology (1997) and have had extensive experience in the building trade as a property developer from 2005 to 2009! I now work for a private intruder alarm and cctv monitoring company in Middlesbrough and am qualified to Level 2 in CCTV principals and procedures.

I can’t think of much else to say at this point, I’m not really used to describing myself.

If anyone has any information about moving to Greece, more specifically Zante, I would be extremely grateful for anything you could offer.....


Paul Gray


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:51 pm

Hello Paul,

Read your message and your interesting history. There is a website where you can send an email and ask everything you like about procedures, formalities etc. You can email them at [amesotis@amesotis.com]. They are very straightforward!




Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:26 pm

Gia sas!

This is Lizzie from Hong Kong. I've been to Greece 5 times and I loved it! I'm planning to move to Thessaloniki in two months to be with my fiance. Very Happy I've been teaching myself Greek but still on elementary level so far. I'm a bit worried about my job prospects in Thessaloniki coz the economy hasn't made it easy even for the locals.. I would be very grateful if anyone could shed some light on jobhunt! I have a master degree in translation (Chinese/English), and I worked 3 years at a HK school's marketing department and taught English parttime there too. I'm not sure how willing Greek language schools are to take in Asian teachers?? XD
Anyhow, good to be part of Expat Focus! Hope I'll get to make some friends here before I arrive! Smile All the best to you all!


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:14 pm

I'm Sheila and my husband Allan and I are due to move to Chrani in the southern Peloponnese on July 31st 2014. We have been planning this move for a long time but finally its here and suddenly its all very scary !
We currently live in the UK in Buckinghamshire, we have lived in our current house for 30+ years, our children have grown up here but have now both left home and have their own lives so we decided that now is the time to go while we are still (relatively) young and fit enough to enjoy the rest of our life in Greece.
We have been visiting Chrani for over 20 years and love the people and climate, its a very rural region and is the main agricultural area for fruit and olive growing, Kalamata is about 30 minutes away and I hope everyone has heard of Kalamata olives.
We purchased our land 10 years ago but then the economic climate took a turn for the worst so we have sat it out for a while but things are improving now and so we made the decision at the beginning of this year to finally make the move for good.
Our house in Greece is not yet built but we have really good friends who have offered us a cottage on their land to stay in while it is being built and they are helping us with the build and the architect. The house was meant to have been built by July but hey its Greece and we are sure that when we are actually there it will start to move, at least we hope so or we will be having a really long holiday !
Any advice from anyone would be great, although we have spent a long time researching and talking to other ex-pats that have already been through this experience so we have learnt a lot from them and having a Greek friend helping us to oversee it is great and gives us reassurance as well.
Counting down the days now, flights booked, animals ready to travel and a house full of boxes - what more could we want ?


moving from the UK to Greece

Post Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:52 pm


We are Karen and Kevin, from Warwickshire, and we are planning on moving to Greece within the next two years as a retired couple, we are both in our 50s, love socialising. we would like to know a few things if anyone could help we would be grateful, so here goes, we want to rent a property in a nice village and costal, not too touristy, but also still has life during the winter months, we will be living off around 2,000. euros per month, so the first big Question is could this be done? next thing what is the council tax equivalent? and how much would this be. do we rent furnished or bring our own, if we wanted to run a business like a tavern or bar, by lease/ renting what would be the monies needed for that also in the uk you need a personal licence to run a pub, what are the licence laws there. We would be very grateful for any help/ advice from anyone. thank you

Karen & Kev


Re: Please Introduce Yourself Here...

Post Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:05 pm

Hi my husband and I with our kids are moving to Kefalonia in approx 7 months from now. We have most things sorted. I have contacted schools and they are able to accept the kids. I have been asked to obtain (from their UK schools) school letters. These have to be offically translated into Greek. I presume they are letters to confirm the children have attended and have completed the school terms ect.. I have asked other Ex Pats and they say it's school certs, however we have none, they have not taken exams ect.. They are 14 and 9 yrs old. If it is just end of year letters I need do they have to be sent somewhere for official stamping or do they just need to be translated by a company with an official translation dept. Thanks in advance.


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