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2 May 2016
Overall impression

It is a very beautiful country and living in full swing. I like the local cuisine very much. It is very diverse and delicious.
Seaside: the city is located on the seashore. You can swim year-round. Central beaches can be a tad dirty in summer when there are many people. It is better to take a 30-minute bus ride south then.

Attitude to foreigners

Friendly and varied. Depends on where you are from and how long you are staying. Attitude towards tourists is strictly positive. I was surprised to know that the locals can tell the difference between Russians and Ukrainians. Don’t say that you are Russian at least during the first few minutes if you are a woman from a post-soviet country

Impression of local population

Very cheerful, open and simple people. They like spending time in cinema, cafes, restaurants, weather and season notwithstanding.

Climate

Hot summer and spring for the rest of the time, no winter, as we know it.

Education

You might or might not get lucky with school. Most locals send their kids to private tutors, since school program is often not enough to pass the unified state examination held on completion of school (it also serves as the entry exam to university).
The situation with universities is fine. Medical students are the luckiest since Greek, as well as Latin, serves as the basis for medical terminology. Terms are easy to remember when you speak the language. Bachelor’s degree is usually free of charge, master’s costs from 0 to 700 euro per term. There are some scholarship programs too.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Good overall. Local staff does their best to leave foreigners with a good impression. Locals, on the other hand, are often asked for bribes. Just to be sure, use private hospitals.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Almost everybody speaks English. The local language is of average difficulty. People are very talkative, so it is easy to learn if you want to.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

Average. Some roads are highways, built for the Olympics, others are very run-down (mostly in the older city districts). Streets are mostly narrow with one-way traffic. Sidewalks are practically absent and parking is often a problem. The situation is much better in the new districts.
Subway is the main means of public transportation.
Bicycles are popular in “flat” cities (Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos, Corinth, etc.). Athens has many hills.
Going abroad: Schengen.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Prices are similar to Kyiv on average and salaries are bigger. Seasonal food is always cheaper. Restaurant prices are the same but servings are huge. Transportation is more expensive. Clothing is cheaper.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

Well-educated people, especially engineers, are always in demand. With poor education or without one altogether, you will join the other jobless.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

New housing is nice, starts at 300 euro. Cheaper options can be found in older districts, but frequent earthquakes can cause much trouble.

Crime

I have had no experience. However, I don’t test my luck in immigrant neighborhoods. Pickpockets are know to work the public transport.

Women \ men (for dating)

Varied and for all tastes.

Internet access (availability, price)

Unlimited data plans start at 20 euro. Connection speeds are excellent.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

It isn’t easy here, but the news are often exaggerated. Life goes on.

How to contact you

lerian@online.ua

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