FOOD + CULTURE

A Short Introduction To Greek Culture

Baklava, market life, and learning to do things slowly, slowly

Elizabeth Dawber
Ellemeno
Published in
9 min readJun 27, 2023

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I wake to the sound of church bells ringing; it’s my first clue as to where I am. I blink several times and the room comes into focus. My second and third clues present themselves in the form of high ceilings and a glass of water on the nightstand. This leads me to deduce I’m in a European country.

I’ve been traveling the world for almost two years now, and most of that time has been spent on the Asian continent. Depending on which country I am in, I may wake to the sound of the Adhan — the Islamic call to prayer; roosters crowing in a nearby field; or street vendors setting up their stalls for the day. And it’s these little clues that help orient me on waking.

I retrace my steps geographically in my head: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore — a route that has allowed me to travel overland as each country borders the next. But getting from Asia to Europe has been trickier and I took my first flight in a long time when I left Singapore and flew to Athens, the capital of Greece just ten days ago.

So, it is Athens I have awoken in — I was right with my European guess. I feel like Sherlock Holmes having solved a mystery. I chuckle to…

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Elizabeth Dawber
Ellemeno

English literature & creative writing grad | MWC semi-finalist | Former editor @ The Startup | I write about this thing called life | Human | Pen for hire |🇬🇧