Greece

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
have fun!
i think some travel agency went bankrupt, you will have all the swimming pools and hotels to yourself!
 

HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne
You should try and learn a bit of the lingo. Try your hand at Homeric hexameter.
I really enjoy parsing road signs and menus in tavernas written in Greek.

B = V
P = R
triangle = D (delta)
wobbly X = Ch
pi symbol = P obvs
u with a tail = M

After a couple of days you get used to it.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
I really enjoy parsing road signs and menus in tavernas written in Greek.

B = V
P = R
triangle = D (delta)
wobbly X = Ch
pi symbol = P obvs
u with a tail = M

After a couple of days you get used to it.
A physics education means the names of the letters are second nature to me, but the sounds of some of them catch you out if you're not careful. Beta is actually "veta", as you point out. I think 'mp' is used to denote an actual "b" sound. Another is that gamma is really "ghamma" or "yamma", and not the standard hard 'g' in English.
 

luka

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Athens is very very good. On the very short shortlist of cities im in love with
 

luka

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They don't care about me. Not impressed by me, not trying to impress me. I barely impinge on their consciousness. They just bring my lager and my free peanuts. Never experienced anything like it.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
B = V
P = R
triangle = D (delta)
wobbly X = Ch
pi symbol = P obvs
u with a tail = M
All except the last also true in Russian. Oh and the delta.
In general B and V tend to be replaceable ie a lot of words in say German or French or English or whatever will turn out to be the same if you swap B for V or vice versa.
 

luka

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It's extraordinary. Never experienced this before. Plus classical ruins everywhere. And sun.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
It's extraordinary. Never experienced this before. Plus classical ruins everywhere. And sun.
Beirut is a bit like this. There's a massive Roman bath complex right in the middle of the city. Here and there you can see modern ruins, too, from the civil war or the Israeli invasion.

Baalbek, to the north, is hands down the most impressive built site I've ever seen. Hard to imagine how imposing it must have been when it was complete.
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
ain't it nice though when people make a little chat? it's something i found so pleasant when i visited england, that people actually notice you and engage with you. in berlin, people not only don't care about you, or try to impress you, they will actively make you feel bad for just entering their space or opening up a conversation. walk into a bakery or a restaurant and see the pain and suffering you're causing by having these people get up from their chair and forced to help you. at the same time, i can't really blame them. working service industry is terrible.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
But you can make it better by being friendly I'd think. Although I totally accept that people are all cunts. Got a friend from Switzerland and he said the same when he came to visit us in London, we went to our local shop and he was going "In Switzerland they would never smile at you and just chat like that".
 

luka

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Btw why did no one tell me about the toilet paper issue? Struggling to get my head around it.
 

luka

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I've left Athens and I'm really regretting it. Horrible little island full of disgusting old people in swimming costumes, Americans everywhere. It's like being trapped on a cruise ship. I hate it. Going to try and get back to Athens asap
 
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