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Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!

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My name is Sylvia Alberti and I am a freelance Hatha Yoga and English teacher in Italy. I love travelling maybe because I used to be a flight attendant and I have always felt like an adventurous free spirit. I have lived in California and India for several years and travelled around the world.

Then, in 2008 during a holiday in the island of Rhodes,  I felt a strong desire to rediscover Greece and its islands. Since then every year I go back there for several months and I feel instantly at home. Greece with her beauty, authenticity, and her welcoming people full of zest for life has literally mesmerised me. This is the reason why I have been taking Modern Greek lessons via Skype in Alexandria Institute, for the past 3 years. I am very fond of studying Greek and I feel really happy when I can communicate with the locals without  feeling like as a tourist anymore. As I like to say, I am an Italian with a Greek heart! I love photography and my Nikon follows me in my Greek adventures! Taking photos is my way to express poetry and emotions of what I perceive through the shutter. I have participated to several photo contests and won prizes, one of them was an unforgettable stay in Santorini. My photos have been exhibited in Italy and Crete and on travel magazines.

I leave you now to the vision of some of them taken in the Cyclades and Gavdos island, South of Crete. They talk about cobalt Aegean, whitewashed chapels, expressive faces, lazy cats, and long, bright Greek summers. “My” islands are not simply islands but each of them represents a place where my heart, spirit and soul feels happy and free.

Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!
Greece through the eyes of our student, Sylvia Alberti!

Have a great month, Merry Christmas!

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Have a great month, Merry Christmas!

It is the 1st of December and Christmas celebrations are nearby! In Greece on Christmas and on New Year’s Eve, it is not something strange to see children going from door to door, holding a triangle and a handmade boat decorated with colorful flags. This Christmas boat was filled with cookies and sweets, as a reward for telling the Christmas carols. Nowadays we decorate a Christmas tree but still in the Greek islands, the origin of the Christmas boat, you will see Christmas boats decorated with Christmas lights.

The truth is that the sea characterizes and determines Greek’s life; in the past during the Christmas holidays the Greek sailors returned to their country and homes to celebrate with their families and that’s why the children were making small boats in order to welcome them or as a pray to be safe the sailors that couldn’t return for Christmas.

After all it symbolizes human’s new sail to the life after Christ’s birth.

Have a great month, Merry Christmas!