Stella: “Elena and Hariklia are examples of people that appreciate their life here. If you don’t appreciate your life here, you think you are blocked somewhere and you suffer because you need the job. This is not the way to be in a small place. Because in this case, you became anxious and mean with everybody, and if you are in a bad mood in a small place, you don’t have the luxury to go out and see or call your friends, go for a drink and forget about it, like in a big city. Here, you have to deal with whatever comes up from your suitcases. So, if you’re OK with yourself, you can deal with it. If you are not, it’s very easy to get bored, tired or exhausted, and you leave. Some people came, five or six young couples, but they left ten years after.”
Stella: "I just hope that people like Elena and Hariklia – who are educated and know how to cope with the system that needs internet, organisation and all that – if they sit together with the local people that have the fields and the knowledge of farming, they can make a nice combination. Because 30 years ago, if you just told the farmers that they can combine their produce together and form a nice product cooperative, they wouldn’t believe you. But maybe the combination of younger people that are coming nowadays, together with the local people, they can get there. And I don’t want to forget the role of the Albanian families, because they are farmers as well. And they know a lot about farming. I mean, I know some local people, they have taken their seeds from the Albanian farmers, because they are bringing clean seeds from the villages. And the local ones have lost them. So, it’s a good connection …”
"We do several things when we can … If we have enough time and money, we still go for a conference or something like that. We still do some academic work as theoretical linguists. If you are in academia, you need to be totally devoted, and now, over the years, we grew apart. We do not like the system there. We always had to run for something, for papers, publications, and actually there was no more space for us in academia, because of the crisis."
Quality of life in terms of time, more time do your own things, no need to do everything here and now! And more genuine relations ... And sea, sun, less pollution ...