“I love Greece for bringing out the human in me, establishing my core values and challenging my perception of what truly makes an individual ‘happy’.” – Lucy Panou, Student
An aspiring university academic living in London, Loukia “Lucy” Panou is of Greek-English origin who has spent half her life in Greece and the latter half in the UK. “I travel to Greece often in an attempt to stay rooted to the motherland,” she tells us.
Why do you choose Greece?
“Simply put, I choose to visit Greece because home is where the heart is. I will never tire of my homeland and its beauty, its people, its character, its history and its values. I plan to live in Greece, someday again, because I want to offer back to my people and contribute towards its growth and prosperity.”
What do you love most about Greece?
“I love its ability to bring out the best in me. Time and time again, I leave Eleftherios Venizelos airport with an air of gratitude, respect and grounded-ness that tends to dwindle in the materialistic and self-obsessed lifestyle that we lead. I love Greece for bringing out the human in me, establishing my core values and challenging my perception of what truly makes an individual ‘happy’.”
What would you like for the future of Greece?
“I believe the future of Greece lies in the hands of its people! I would like for the community to come together, be positive, proactive and confident in once again becoming the jewel of the Mediterranean.”
What is your favourite “secret” in Greece?
“The beach of Zogeria on Spetses Island is my favourite Greek secret. A turquoise bay that used to be owned by my family, Zogeria has provided us with many summers camping underneath the trees and catching octopus with Pappou (grandfather).”