The Cool Guide to Living in Crete


By Carol Palioudaki

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When you’re exploring the idea of retiring abroad, living in another country, or even spending some extended time there what you need is a guide. Someone who knows it inside out, has spent years dealing with the intricacies of its culture and can tell you where the potential pitfalls are and how to make the system work for you. Carol Palioudakis’ fully interactive, cross-referenced, indexed ebook goes one step further. Divided into 14 chapters, enhanced by 13 detailed appendices and backed up by over 30 full-colour, high-resolution photographs and 40 sound files that allow you to hear Greek spoken straight from the page, it becomes a highly detailed, insider’s guide intro Cretan culture. Over five dozen in-text pop-ups and hundreds of weblinks, interactive links and live email addresses give you everything you’d ever wanted to know about Crete. From finding accommodation and negotiating a lease to looking for job opportunities, using local transportation, opening a bank account and having a phone line installed. Using her 18 years’ experience of living on the island of Crete and interacting with its people Carol Palioudakis details the advantages, examines possible pitfalls, gives, sound, practical advice for getting the job done and backs it all up with the kind of hands-on, practical information that comes about only as the direct result of detailed knowledge and personal experience. The island of Daedalus and Icarus (who flew too close to the sun) has never ceased to exercise its thrall upon its visitors. Crete is a unique part of Greece, its culture, customs and traditions are often regarded as much a mystery by mainland Greeks as by tourists. To understand the island, appreciate its beauty, make the most of its hospitality and avoid the pitfalls of life there requires a guide who has gone through the process of integration and can work the system. It requires, in short, nothing less than Carol Palioudaki's Cool Guide to Living in Crete. Pooling 18 years' of practical experience into one, accessible, interactive eBook, Carol has created the ultimate guide for the visitor, traveller, casual worker or permanent resident. No-nonsense advice, useful tips, hints and explanations dissolve barriers of culture, language and tradition and demystify life on the island of dreams. Carol's unique perspective of the culture, her very direct experience of its intricacies and her understanding of Cretan people whom she regards as her own offer insights which nothing short of living on the island could have given the reader.
The Cool Guide to Living in Crete