Tuesday, April 22, 2014

20 Question Time... Global Greek Style: Conversation with Matt Barrett - Everyone's Favourite Greek Travel Adviser

His Hellenism gave him a purpose,
and every day he convinces people to visit Greece...
  20 Question Time... Global Greek Style
with Everyone's Favourite Greek Travel Adviser
Matt Barrett

one of our amazing Global Greeks
who shares his time between Greece and North Carolina and
took time out from writing about the beauty of Greece
to hold this conversation with us...

Hellenism is…

 A state of mind, not anything genetic

Did your Hellenism help get you where you are? How?

It gave me a purpose besides playing rock and roll

Being Greek: Best Part….

Going to Greece and feeling at home

Being Greek: Worst part….

I had hoped that by the age of 60 I would have stopped thinking about sex

Greeks who inspire(d) you…

Socrates (the man and the rock group), 
The Artist known as DEL, 
Dino Nichols, 
Jimmi Quidd, 
Frank Zappa, 
Wayne Kramer

Greeks you like…

Most of them

Greeks you don’t like…

None in particular.

Your favourite Greek word…


Your favourite Greek spot in the world…
Fokionos Negri

Your favourite Greek song…

Zembekiko by Savopoulos

Your favourite Greek meal… Who cooked it?

The katsiki lemonato at Rolando’s in Kea

Your favourite Greek book…

Zorba the Greek

Your happiest Greek memory….

The Olympics

Your saddest Greek memory…

Leaving during the forest fires

Global Greeks at the Nobels  - Who would you nominate? Why?

Ask me after the crisis

You meet the Prime Minister of Greece on the beach this summer…What would you tell him?

Forget about getting re-elected and the people you owe favors to and do the right thing.

You are the Prime Minister of Greece… for a week!
What three things would you do first? 
  1. I would give the Athens mayor more power and separate the Athens police from the national police and clean up the city neighborhood by neighborhood, planting trees and pedestrianizing more and more streets. 
  2. I would pursue a disarmament treaty with Turkey so both countries stop wasting money they don’t need on weapons they will never use.
  3. I would invite successful Greek-Americans to come back and teach everyone how to run a business and a country.

You’re one of our several million Global Greeks who are Greece’s Ambassadors in the World. Public Diplomacy at its best!  Have you done something to help Greece today?

Today I convinced several people to go to Greece this summer and helped them decide where to go.

Who would you include in a ‘Global Greeks for Greece’ Dream Team? 

I don’t know. I am pretty much of an outsider. But I would probably include

Renos Haralambidis (filmmaker), 
Greg Pappas, 
Tom Mazarakis (Baseball coach in Athens), 
Costa Gavras (filmmaker), 
Wayne Kramer (MC5) and  
Giannis Antetokounmpo

And now for the best part… 
Create a picture of YOUR Greece … what would you put in it? 

Happy people working together to make things better for everyone.

Thank you Matt - Great Talking to you!
Ευχαριστούμε πολύ!

More about Matt

If you have ever surfed the internet looking for information about where to go and/or where to stay on your next trip to Greece, there is a 95% probability that you have come across valuable tips and pointers provided by one of our very talented and accomplished Global Greek Ambassadors in the World -  Matt Barrett  - via his very popular, detailed and user friendly Greek Travel and History Guides. 

Matt is a writer/photographer and founder of Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides at www.greecetravel.com, the Athens Survival Guide at www.athensguide.com and the History of Greece at www.ahistoryofgreece.com. He has spent his best and especially formative years in Greece where he attended Deree - The American College of Greece in Agia Paraskevi. His love for the country shines through like a beacon as he tries to make sure he has the best and latest available information for visitors on one of the first travel blogs to go online, in 1995. 

We consider the work Matt does of tremendous value and have featured his sites and his All my Friends from Greece video on our sidebar for a while now. With the amount of voluntary work he puts into promoting Greece and the great things our country can offer visitors, we strongly recommend that Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni offers Matt at least an honorary spot in her Ministry! It would surely be to Greece's benefit. 

Minister Kefalogianni, please note! 

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