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There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 441 BC.  She was a very bold and righteous woman who defied the ruler's decree and buried the body of her deceased brother in order to honor him. For that she faced death. 

In this play, there is a quote that speaks to my heart: “I was born to love, not hate, that is my nature”. I owe a lot to love. If it wasn't for love my grandmother, a young girl from Liverpool, wouldn't have said yes when my grandfather, a Greek navy officer, proposed to her when his ship docked at Liverpool during WW2. If it wasn't for love, my mother, born and raised in Athens, wouldn't have fallen for a charming Cypriot who came to Athens to study dentistry, my Dad.

My family is a blend of cultures. I don't have one home. I have many. Or maybe I define home differently. 

I guess that's why I am addicted to travelling, why I feel there are no real boundaries between countries and why I have a genuine respect for diversity. I find the fact that people are so alike and different at the same time, so challenging that I decided to to get to know them better and train to be a psychologist, at a late age. It wasn't easy because life gets in the way sometimes, but, as the other Antigone said, “there is no failure without trial”.

Psychology for me is the art of connection and one thing you learn when becoming a psychologist is the importance of sharing. Sharing thoughts, fears, hopes, ideas, perspectives, content. I like connecting and I like sharing what I know about this country. So, pull up a chair, take a sip and join me!  After all, Antigone said «a city that belongs to just one man, is no true city».

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"Our family of four had a great time with our amazing host Lena, who hosted us in her home and taught us how to make the best Baklava I ever tasted. She was kind and patient with the kids, who enjoyed making the Baklava by themselves with some guidance from our host. While we waited for the Baklava to bake we were provided with a snack of cheese sandwiches and cookies. Also, we sampled 3 local teas and learned about their healing attributes. We really enjoyed our conversation with Lena and hearing the thoughts of local people. Lena provided us with resources for making traditional Greek cuisine that we could use at home. We really had a great experience."

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"We booked the Baklava class and our host was gracious and welcoming. This was an excellent way to cook in a home with a native Athenian. The sweets were phenomenal: more variety than we expected. Strongly recommend for a relaxing evening with or without children."

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