1. Everyone will know you are a foreigner and they will stare
2. Knowing the letters on a Frat house will NOT help you know Greek
3. Cats and dogs are EVERYWHERE
No matter where you are, you’ll probably see a cat or a dog lurking somewhere (both strays and pets). However, even though these animals are everywhere, they are treated pretty poorly. In Greece (at least in Chania), cat’s and dog’s lives are not viewed as highly as they are in America (a cat’s life if usually valued the same as a rat’s). If a pet has babies, but the owner doesn’t want them, they usually put the babies out on the street. Once on the street, animals get kicked, hit by cars (sometimes purposely, sometimes not), and in extreme cases, sometimes poison is left for the animals to eat/drink. And although most Greeks do not like the overpopulation of animals, they still do not believe in neutering their animals. Luckily there is a woman trying to save these animals and you can check out her website/donate at http://animalscare.gr/ or http://www.actionforanimals.org/pages/volunteer_info.htm
4. Everyone has a motorbike and they might just hit you with it
5. The Difference Between a Gyro and Souvlaki
They both have meat, they both have pita, they both have tomato, yogurt sauce, onions, and fries. So what they hell is the difference?! It literally took me about two weeks to figure it out. The only real difference is the way the meat is cooked. In gyros, the meat is on a vertical rotisserie and consists of strips and small slices of meat (apparently the word “gyro” means “going around” in Greek). In souvlakis, the meat is cooked on a skewer, similar to a kebab, and consists of bigger chunks of meat (apparently the word “souvlaki” means “small skewer” in Greek). All in all, they are both super delicious and I believe you have not fully lived until you have tried them at least once. Which brings me to my next point.....
6. Greek food is the best food. Ever.
I can honestly say I have never had a bad Greek meal. Gyros, souvlaki, lamb, moussaka, tomato balls, dakos, baklava, etc.–they’re all so good! I never had Greek food before but now I can honestly say it’s my favorite!