Nea Olynthos is a small village with one small grocery store, a handful of tavernae, and numerous kind people. The group of archeologists I’m with and I eat at this local taverna at least six times a week. The owners, a married couple, are very nice and accommodating. They have beautiful twin babies who we can interact with. By going to this taverna on a regular basis, I also see many of the same faces each night. The taverna is particularly popular right now because the World Cup is going on. The Greek people I have interacted with are very sweet and charming people. They smile and say “hello” as I pass.
There are also young people I have been able to connect with as a student or as a person. I met a local who lives in England now at the Olive Festival in the city. I chatted with a local girl who works on the beach I frequent. However, the language barrier can make connection a little trickier. I am trying to pick up the language as much as possible and many Greek people have made an effort to communicate in English if possible. Yet, I still have some new Facebook friends from my first two weeks.