“I love that people in Greece enjoy getting out of the house, enjoy eating, drinking, music, and value family.” – Nephelie Naoum, Drama Student

Nephelie Naoum's #selfieforgreece

Nephelie Naoum’s #selfieforgreece

Nephelie Naoum is a drama student from Perth, Australia and had talked about moving to Greece for a long time. “I guess people were tired of me going on about it, because five years ago my mum handed me a one-way ticket and said, ‘off you go'”, she says. “I just needed the push.”

Why do you choose Greece?

“I dreamed of living overseas, and Greece was an obvious choice because I have family here! I also wanted a closer base for travel to Europe and Africa. Coming from a country as enormous as Australia, it’s still exciting for me to know I can take a two-hour flight and find myself in a different country and culture.”

What do you love most about Greece?

“Apart from the obvious fabulousness of sun, sea and nightlife, moving to Greece allowed me to start afresh, to some extent. That’s a gift I’ve loved. Athens is still wonderful to me, in all its gritty glory! Like most people, I’m a fan of the islands, but Greece has much more to offer in terms of incredible landscapes and nature. Last year I climbed Mount Olympus; amazing. I love that people in Greece enjoy getting out of the house, enjoy eating, drinking, music, and value family.”

What would you like for the future of Greece?

“I’d like to see Greece able to offer more to its people, especially the young. Better job opportunities, higher wages and greater investment in health and education. I’d like people to see around them that in this country you can come from nothing, work hard and actually get somewhere.”

What is your favourite “secret” in Greece?

“It’s not a secret, but more people should check out Limanakia Beach Bar in Vouliagmeni! The water is better than at other beaches nearby and the bar is a fantastic spot for enjoying the sunset or a drink in the moonlight. Just wear comfy shoes; the short walk down the rocks from Leoforos Posidonos is not fun in heels.”