Some Essential Greek Words & Phrases to help you on your way.
Good morning: kalimera
Good afternoon: herete
Good evening: kalispera
Good night: kalinihta
Thank you: efharisto
How are you?: Ti kanete?
I'm well thanks: kala efharisto
What's your name?: pos sas lene
My name is.: me lene.
Mosquito protection - Body and Room
Before you visit Corfu you may like to consider what kind of insect repellents you need. Getting this essential precaution ready before you go can save you money and also ensure that you and yours do not have your holiday ruined by nasty bites. Deet based repellents are best and these and after bite remedies are freely available at many pharmacies and online (see right for Amazon products).
Tip! A good alternative to expensive after bite treatments is applying some of the local vinegar to the affected area for about 10-20 seconds. Works really well and costs nothing as every bar / restaurant has it freely available.
You will need a plug in insect repellent in every room if you want to ensure a completely bug free sleep. Again these are best purchased before you travel as bought locally they can be expensive.
Tip! If you buy refillable ones you can re-use them many times in future.
Recommended Holiday Reading
Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals
For those of us that love nothing more than a good book to read whilst soaking up some of that foreign sunshine then there can be no better choice when visiting Corfu than My family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. A true story about life on Corfu to really get you into the spirit of the place. Very funny too!
Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . .causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family
“Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell them apart... my family and the animals, that is. I don't know why my brothers and sisters complain so much. With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch table, our house, on the island of Corfu, is a bit like a circus. So they should feel right at home...”
Gerald Durrell – My Family and Other Animals
Mobile Phone use on Corfu
As with any travel abroad it is essential that you plan your mobile phone usage before you go to Corfu.
Using your mobile abroad can cost a packet in some places, as you'll be "roaming". This is when you connect to an overseas network and calls are routed via that network provider to your network and charged, at a vastly increased cost. You may even be charged for receiving calls as well.
Tip!- to be sure to avoid any charges turn off "roaming" in your phones network setting.
Luckily there are things you can do to avoid getting a massive post holiday phone bill headache. Some of the main ones are described below.
Ok so you want to be able to communicate and maybe update your Facebook page etc but not too worried if you can’t call or text all day long. Then this No Cost Strategy will probably be best for you:
1. Turn off “roaming” in your phones Network setting before you leave home
2. Install Skype and record and share your number with family and friends who should also do the same so you each have Skype accounts.
3. Whilst on holiday look out for free Wi-Fi spots (most bars etc have these). Obtain the access code from the bar person and connect to the network and use Skype for voice calls - your normal Facebook/ twitter etc apps will work as normal over the Wi-Fi data network.
If you want to retain full mobile phone functionality and access throughout you holiday then visit your networks website. They all have a plan you can add on for the period but you must request it. It won’t kick in automatically.
A good example of these types of plan is Vodaphone’s £3 per day EuroTraveller – where you get to use your UK price plan as normal. You'll only be charged on the days you use your phone, and there's no charge for receiving calls or texts.
TIp! – there is no charge for receiving texts in Euro Zone countries. However you’ll need to have roaming switched on to do so. If you want to go along this road then don’t reply and switch off your Voice mail. Then reply if necessary using the method described above for free.