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21 October 2008



greeks doing what they know best - having fun
needless to say, one of the main after-school activities here for both boys and girls in crete is going to a dance school to practice these dances



One of my regrets in life is that I have never learned any of the Cretan dances especially the pentozali. I going to learn. It's on my list of things to do. The dances of Epirus which reflect the somberness and tragedy of the region stand in stark contrast to the lively Cretan dances. I like the liveliness and movement. Who knows I may drop dead from a heart attack on the dance floor but I'll have fun doing it.


That's one of the many things you and I have in common. There's no better way to go through life than with the arms around the shoulders of friends and strangers alike, celebrate the circle of life and dance the hours away. All our best from Athens!


don't worry, i never learnt to dance greek (except for the really basic stuff), but maybe i'll get a chance to do so through the little ones...



Absolutely right. Things like politics, money, and possessions are merely distractions from what is really important in life. Warm regards to all in Athens.


My younger son and his friends will be putting on a demonstration of Greek dances from all over Greece dressed in traditional costumes for our celebration of the feast day of St. Demetrios. I'll post photos when I can. Thank God we learn so many things through our children.

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