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Alexander Billinis

Dialogue

Connecting to Hydra

I wrote this over 10 years ago, after my father passed away. When necessary, I will edit the text for context and to conform with the reality of today. My …

Dialogue

Putting names and faces to the Battle of the Atlantic

I have had the pleasure of writing for Neos Kosmos on occasion for the past several years. This is truly one of the best publications in the Diaspora, and I …

Life

Drinking with Thracians

I love crossing borders, whether official ones with their lines and barriers, or ‘Schengen’ borders, which give the dangerous illusion that intra-European Union crossings matter as or less than those …

Dialogue

Hydriot Memories: My neighbour’s expanding house

We Hydriots are a proud, yet prickly, people. Our island is rough hewn and to a degree, so are we, though our hearts are big and our minds quick. I …

Features

The Brothers Macedonian

A centuries-old conflict in a region known for discord has returned, once again, to the headlines. The so-called Macedonian Question—in this case, most specifically, what name to assign to this …

Life

Thessaloniki alleyways and hearty northern Greek comfort food staples

It had been a long day and, as is often the case when travelling in Greece, a frustrating one. No doubt for my then six-year-old son, sweating in his new …

Dialogue

Stolen figs, stolen spuds

I remember it well, particularly on a freezing day here in Chicago, though over three decades have passed. We anchored our boat at Molos, a small bay well south of …

Features

The eloquence of the abode: homes lost and refuge gained

The legacy of the population exchange, and the scar of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, is everywhere in Greece.

Features

Vienna: where Greek first appeared in print

Given the Greeks’ large-scale migration to the area, the Austrian capital is historically one of the most significant for modern Hellenism.

Features

Sojourn in La Grecia Salentina

Alexander Billinis’ love of Byzantine remnants took him on a journey through southern Italy where he encountered the Griko people, language and culture.

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