What no one tells you about living in a Cretan village
After 6 months in Pacheia Ammos, I picked up a thing or two about the Cretan way of life that you won't read about online.
1. Prepare for questions about your lifestyle
Greeks love asking questions. In my experience, most people didn't know what a digital nomad was (Crete's primary industries are tourism and agriculture), and were very curious to learn more about how I could live life "on the road".
2. Speaking Greek is a huge advantage
This isn't Mykonos or Santorini - lots of people don't speak any English. It isn't uncommon to be hung up on when you're enquiring about something over the phone in English.
3. Get a Greek phone number
Getting a Greek number will save you substantial hassle. If the contact number on any form or delivery is foreign, they will not call it. Trust me, I learnt the hard way.
4. Women are rarely seen out at bars
Greece is still quite a macho culture, so while you'll still see plenty of women out in shops and in society generally, men remain dominant in the village tavernas.
5. It DOES get cold in winter
Since I arrived, there was talk of how cold and miserable it gets in winter - a shocking 15 degrees. Having just spent a winter in Scotland, I scoffed with superiority.
How could that possibly be cold? I was wrong. It was freezing. I was wearing four layers and still cold. So yes, if you're planning on spending a winter on the island, be prepared.