Sunday, July 5, 2015

Greece Says No

Greece rejected the bailout terms proposed by the Eurozone.

Phil and I happened to be on an island when the initial results started coming in. The Greek news stations called it really early. The polls closed at 7, and by 7:30, they were announcing that "Oxi" was leading. At the time, they were basing that news solely off of an opinion poll conducted sometime today. It turns out they were correct.

We watched those opinion poll numbers on a TV screen in a taverna next to an older woman who jumped up angrily, started gesturing at the screen, said what I think was the Greek equivalent of, "Can you believe this?!" and took off down the sidewalk. 5 minutes later, we talked with a pistachio salesman who let us know, in very profane terms, that he was pleased with the results, and that "Ms. Merkel got a big, fat 'No' in her face." We saw the usual amount of people waiting at ATMs in the city and on the island, though there seemed to be an uptick once results started coming in. On our way back to the city, we could see fireworks going off above the building lights. We assume it was referendum-related, and not for the 4th of July, but I guess you never know.

We're still fine. We'll keep you posted on what's happening with us. At present, there are no serious concerns for our well-being, other than the ones that come from staying up way too late tracking European referendums. I'm going to bed now. Phil's been asleep for a half hour.

This week will be very interesting.
I wonder how many more weeks I'll be saying that.

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