My Week in Athens… Oct 25

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
My Week in Athens… Oct 25
From our member Lynn: This week reminded me of why I love Greece. I'm in the midst of refinancing my home in California, which is quite challenging to orchestrate remotely. After a mountain of paperwork, emails back and forth, and a series of mini dramas, the only thing that stood between me and the refinance was the signing of the loan documents, all 150 pages of them.

My appointment at the US Embassy Notary was for 9:00 Monday morning and I got the email files with the final paperwork late Friday night. Now I all had to do was find a place that could print all 150 pages on a Saturday. And while I'm used to 24 Hour Kinko's, this is Greece...

As I left my apartment Saturday morning to try to find a copy store or internet cafe, my neighbors asked the usual questions--"how are you, where are you going today, etc." As I explained my predicament, the whole family gathered at the door. "You can't go to an internet cafe! It will be too expensive..." "Wait! We will give you a map of a better place..." The next thing I knew, the directions to a better place had been upgraded to a personal guide and the father had me on the back of his scooter to take me to the copy shop of their friends. "We've called. They can do it. Don't worry." 20 minutes later, I had my 150 pages, had paid only 6 euros, a fraction of what it would have been at an internet cafe, and had an exciting scooter ride through Athens.

Services like 24 Hour Kinko's may be more convenient, but there's something much more powerful about the personal touch and connection that you get navigating your way through Greece. I guess that's what we love about it.

Thanks Lynn for sharing your story with us. We look forward to hearing more stories.

Until next week,


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…