Insider Weekly Newsletter – QUARANTIME MUSINGS
How telling that in an era when the barometer of success is to ‘go viral’, the very thought now evokes doom and gloom! From the real concerns the pandemic conjures – the corrupt posturing of populist politicians to the extraordinary challenges faced by cultural institutions – we dive into the everyday anxieties that manifest as google searches and the hopes that we still hold dear, of hugging a dear one or experimenting with a very viral trend!
Selfies of Self Isolation
Dhaka-born, Harvard-educated, DC and Athens-based War theorist and fashion photographer who writes on liberalism, elite-level diplomacy and feminism, Omi Chowdhury on how the pandemic, “global in scale and scope, is unrelenting in its forceful reminder that we are only as strong as our weakest. READ MORE
Culture at the time of a pandemic
George Manginis, Academic Director of the Benaki Museum argues that the future of museums hinges on whether their role in fostering social cohesion through education, culture and community is deemed as ‘essential’ or ‘expendable’ by politicians. READ MORE
What is the first thing you want to do post-quarantine?
We’re in this unprecedented global position of: social distancing, quarantine realities, lockdown laws, while dealing with re-inventing our realities and managing anxiety on a mass scale. Athens Insider asked its social media community “What’s the first thing you want to do when all this over?” Elena Panayides compiles the dreams and desires for that post-quarantine first moment. READ MORE
What our Google Searches during Corona Reveal: A peek Beneath the Masks
To think that the trending topic on Google on January 31 was Corona Beer virus! We’ve come a long way from the pre-confinement naivete of those early days to embrace our lockdown reality but what are our fears, and where do we seek solace? It appears that when confronted with something new, big and scary, we tend to dump our anxieties onto the nearest Google search bar, opines Sudha Nair-Iliades. READ MORE
Why Dalgona Coffee is the new Quarantine Fix?
Remember the good old days when your first stop was your morning coffee run? Since the coronavirus took over our lives, and our caffeine rituals, we have been reduced to playing wannabe baristas in isolation. Say hello to Dalgona, the viral (!) whipped coffee sensation inspired by a spongy toffee in South Korea that is sending the confined world to caffeinated highs. Sudha Nair-Iliades gives you the lowdown on this new quarantine quaff. READ MORE
Join Diane Kochilas’ Greek Easter webinars
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, TV host and passionate culinary ambassador Diane Kochilas dons her apron to create an Easter menu. Zoom in on Wednesday, April 8 at 9pm Greek time, 2 pm EDT. READ MORE
GREEKISM OF THE WEEK
Sleeping with the hens
(Κοιμάμαι με τις κότες) (Kimamai me tis kotes)
Meaning: going to bed early
Early to bed and early to rise never has been a maxim of the Greeks, who readily stay up till all hours and put their children through the same ordeal. Thus going to bed early to get adequate rest is seen as wimpish behaviour, reminiscent of the hens in the coop which shut their eyes at sundown. BUY NOW!
Life in the Shadow
As the clouds go by, they often seem so distant and still, one can hardly imagine how fast the sky darkens. READ MORE
The Coronation of Poppae
The Athens Concert hall follows its ‘Stay Home’ campaign with Claudio Monteverdi’s classical masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppaea. READ MORE
Greekisms for dummies
Treat yourself or a loved one to this laugh-out-loud informative guide to the colourful linguistic secrets of the Greeks, written by Insider’s own John Carr (with Paul Anastasi), and accompanied by wonderfully humourous illustrations by Iason Iliades.