As of today, I’ve been living in the UK for 5 years. 60 months. 1,826 days. Did I make each one of them worth it? No. But I did make enough of them.
I don’t intend to write a full retrospection, like I did in my three year anniversary. I just want to write down a few thoughts, scattered and perhaps not that meaningful.
Today it’s been 3 years I’ve been living in the UK; an immigrant, just like my grandparents back in the 50s. The following story is an account of these years, but, at the same time, a confession of things that only few people know about me.
I decided to leave Greece when I started feeling sorry for myself. I was 26 years old, I had just completed my military service, I was living again with my parents and I had spent my whole summer working as a waiter at our family-run restaurant, which we had to close down a year later, unable to cope with the economic crisis and the consequences of all-inclusive tourism.
Stefanos Livos is an inspirational writer who was born in Athens in 1984, and grew up on the beautiful island of Zakynthos. Today, he resides in the large coastal, resort town of Bournemouth in the county of Dorset, England. He is the author of ‘Kleftes Maties,’ (Secret Glimpses) which is a collection of short stories and “A Life In A moment” which is currently under translation into English, to be published as an e-book later this year.
Stefanos agreed to come under the spotlight in a rare interview with the GreekReporter to talk about his writing, the cultural differences between the UK and Greece, plus the current situation in his homeland.