"Greeks don't cry" is the original of the words that were found this week on the title page of the Greek magazine FAQ. The magazine is stalking Athenians almost anywhere in the city and is sold like hot cakes. Duly for the street press FAQ is read at bus stops, on the subway, in fast food restaurants and some times at home while watching TV. This time the reading with youthful spirit and carefree style made an "ambush" on the people waiting at the bus stops with the proud motto "Greeks do not cry." And why should they cry when in the words of journalist Eleftherios Haralambopoulos they should actually be happy? In a text praising the Greek people, which at times reminds of the book of Nikos Dimou "The misforture of being a Greek" the journalist focused on the "happiness of being a Greek". And he finds 30 reasons why the people of this country should be proud to be Greeks ... For each day one, if one thinks about it!
Put on your pink glasses and see what thought the Greeks have for meeting the summer. The first under the shadow of the IMF.
"Our evening does not end in our 22.30h. as it is in most European cities, but it starts at 21.00h. Because when people all across Europe go to sleep we are combing our hair... and we are getting ready to go out through the door. Therefore, in the next day during the first two, three hours we do not communicate. However that is why we work more than eight hours. To have time to put the things in order."
"Nothing of what can be done tomorrow, we don’t do it today. Well if we do everything today what do we do tomorrow? "
"We have not yet slaughtered the 300 people who govern us. They threw us out and sent us to the IMF. The fact that we still have not lynched them is one of the greatest achievements of modern culture, which means that we are notoriously abstinent as opposed to the legends which are being told about us. "
"Passion is in our blood. Dying for big loves and big separations. In them is the meaning of things, not in anything else.
"We are never bored. We do not have Soho, except for a handful of people, but we have much more than that. Everything you need to not be bored. Psiri, Gazi, Karitsi and others.
"We're not faceless, nor do we remain unnoticed. We may suffer from the consequences of the IMF, but we are now famous even for this. How a nation of 10 million people may burst into the air the global economy is really weird and is an evidence of its uniqueness."
"We are leaders in the field of economy. We found the future date check, which has no analogue in any European country and without it, our market will collapse."
"We live for today, and that is why our economy suffers. Over the past weekend Mykonos was flooded with people. We may not have money, but we do not give up vacations in any way."
"We are proud because the firing with flowers does not exist in any other country"
"We suffer from the syndrome of the hero. Logically, since we have no plan. For better or worse this makes us different."
"We created the Olympic games, which remained in history. We might be sunk into debts and still complaining about money, but the games had a great success."
"We are proud not because the Greeks do not fight like heroes but heroes fight like Greeks" (Winston Churchill)
"We are proud because we are the only ones who begin with an afternoon coffee and ended with an ouzo at dawn.
"No matter which point of the city and we are in, we just look at the Acropolis to find our way. It is our compass, our past, it is the relationship that defines and reminded who we are and what is our origin."
"Our smile is casual. The fact is that it is not very common, but at least it is not "on duty", but it is always bright. We're not from those saying "Good morning" because the morning does not concern us."
"We do not use measures when fulling our glasses. As if the club will collapse if we put a little more drink to the customer."
"Give us a party and some entertainment and take our soul. Last Saturday the theater Vrahon was full for Thievery Corporation. TerraVibe Park also for the concert of Bob Dylan, and a little later it became crazy also at the concert of Kiamos. We play on many fronts and we do it with remarkable success."
"The time for us does not matter if our stomach is empty. We are not the most athletic people on the planet, but are far ahead of the others in terms of good food. "
"Our summer lasts for nine months, and we only need the jacket for 10 or 15 days in the winter. We do not remember the last time we dressed in woolen... The sea is in our legs. "
"Our sun is mythical. It is the dream of every European who only sees it on a postcard. May be our prices recently have risen too much and on the other side the Turks might sell that same summer dream cheaper, but it is one thing the coast and it is another thing the island. Do not compare things. Come to Greece and see."
"We have some of the most beautiful places on the planet, whether we talk about sea or mountains. Yet for some strange reason, it is forbidden to put a tent on the beach and sleep. For some strange reason I do not want to know..."
"... We built an underground. Maybe this is the most significant thing we did as our modern creations. Enjoy it because it is a rare moment in which our creativity has some consumer value."
"Bans on smoking in here just did not work out. We are not against it, we understand that it must be introduced. However, the fact that it will take us five years to do what took Europe only two months shows that we are not the easiest people in the world. "