After living more years in Greece than I have lived in the country I was born and raised, I must admit that along the “journey”, with ups and downs, I became passionate about this beautiful country, the language, its people, and its culture.
It was not always easy to “adapt” to several Greek traditions and beliefs, but the more I got to know about this country and history, the more my love-hate story, became a pure “love story”!

Although Greece belongs to Europe, even the EU, it keeps amazing me every single day how different daily life is here from other European countries: the way of thinking, the history, the food culture, the family ties, doing business, the humor, the traditions, how children are raised, the educational system, etc.. Obviously, you will not realize those differences when just visiting Greece shortly, going only to tourist destinations in summer, or not being able to communicate in Greek with the locals, which is a pity!

If you would like to learn more about the “real Greece”, the daily life, how children grow up in Greece, the art scene, how to learn Greek, etc…, and at the same time leaving all the prejudices you have heard abroad about “Greece and Greeks” behind, then you are at the right place 🙂

With this Blog and e-Shop,

a. you can read articles about how I experience(d) life in Greece,  useful tips you usually do not find in any guides, and what you need to know “to integrate and feel like a local”

b. I aim to create a place where creative freelancers in Greece, have a place to show and/or sell their products or services

Creativity needs time, devotion, and energy. There are so many creative souls in Greece, but when somebody creates a product or offers an amazing service, there is usually no time left for sales or marketing. Therefore, I am looking forward to helping out and cooperate.

Mas aresi – (μας αρέσει) means “We like it”, in Greek. Click here to read more about the name, while learning your first Greek sentence!
We hope you will like the e-Shop, as well as the products related to Greece.

Whether it is a printed book / hard copy, Greek language book, ebook, video course, art object, design, workshop, course, or authentic accommodation, all related to the amazing Greek Art, Culture and Language,  I am happy to share the products and services with you and give you the opportunity to buy or book them from your home.

This blog & shop went online in May 2019, with mainly books and eBooks to learn Greek or to learn more about Greek culture.
I aim to add more products over the next months/years, and intend to also start a new shop category “the Greek art shop”, when I find the time 🙂

I hope you will join me in exploring the art, ideas, and culture of Greece today.
And of course, I also hope you will soon visit Greece.

If you want to read “a part of my story”, and how my own Greek adventure started more than 25 years ago, then you are welcome to click here and continue reading!

Sunny regards from Athens
Χαιρετίσματα από την Αθήνα

Maya Cornelissens-Andreadi

PS. Already as a child, I loved to “play bookstore”, for my sisters and brother! (see photo below)
This e-Shop will reach more people than my little home-bookstore back then, but I will always try to keep it as personal and creative, as back in the times without the internet.