Your chance to be a reality TV star?  I just received the email below.

Hi there!
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. My name is Diana Posner and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in Greece and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Her company is Leopard USA and recent hit programs include HGTV’s House Hunters International, House Hunters Off the Grid, House Hunters International: Renovation; DIY’s Man Caves; Food Network’s Restaurant Divided; and CNBC’s The Filthy Rich Guide.

I don't want to post other people's contact info, so if you fit the criteria (or close) contact me and I will email Diana's contact info to you.

Shadows, light and dark contrasts; Guinness from Ireland on a Greek island veranda with bougainvillea; what conflicts are depicted here?

Aah, but I am in the picture and know many, but not all, of the cultural forces at play.  On the surface I am celebrating Arthur Guinness Day (24 September) at my home in Greece.  Am I squinting at the sun or grimacing because I know that in about one month I will be leaving the island sunshine for the rain that brings the forty shades of green to Ireland.

The laid back lifestyle that I had been living on Paros for the previous ten years is scientifically proven to promote longevity.  Yet everyone who has ever dwelled on a small island through the long winter knows that island fever can drive a person mad.  Each year this island seemed to get smaller and smaller and my winter trips to the outside world such as Christmas in Prague became more exciting.  So now I had decided that the Irish people’s joy of life would replace my Greek neighbors who seemed to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. 

Someone looking into this lifestyle from the world of gainful employment in their home country might think: “So what’s the problem?”  But to someone who has left behind their roots after 50 years in one state, the conflicting pulls of family, security and comfort speaking your native language versus adventure, discovery, culture shock and making do on a small pension create countless dilemmas.

One of which is should I be drinking a heavy stout in light lager weather?

This was written as a Writer's Group assignment.  One of the countless activities available in Prague.

I have written before about the trials and tribulations of watching TV on a small Greek island. Now with internet streaming that is mostly obsolete.

For a few years now we have been using FilmOn to catch our favourite shows.  They have over 200 live TV channels from around the world--for free at standard definition.  You can pay for high definition or video on demand and other special events.  We have only been disappointed a couple times; the first being the World Cup--that was not available for free. But that was alright because it is more fun to watch at a taverna anyway.

Recently FilmOn started an affiliate program that I signed up for. So if you would like to help support our global nomad lifestyle, check them out

Links to previous posts about Greek island TV:
Greek TV and other Entertainment
Greek television
Expat life: Eurovision

P.S.  Now for our private villa rentals on Paros:  Browse the selection

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