Tuesday, 23 March 2010
If you could put Modern Greece on wheels, this would be it. Coffee. Souvlaki. Cigarettes. The anthropologist Michael Herzfeld once ironically described Greece as 'a tawdry fragment of the mysterious East,' but it's the things we learnt from Turkey that made us who we are now. A succulent kebab doused in tzatziki and wrapped in soft doughy pitta; Turkish- sorry, Greek coffee and a strong cigarette made of Thracian tobacco; no wonder kefi- an untranslatable word for both joy and contentment- is shared between us and our rivals-cum-exes over the Aegean.