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Born in Athens, Joanna was one of our first members in Greece, signing up in 2005.
Born in Athens, Joanna was one of our first members in Greece, signing up in 2005, and in April 2011 she became the Home Exchange rep for Greece. She studied French literature in Paris at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne and took a post-graduate degree from the University of Versailles. Returning to Athens in 1995, she worked as French teacher and translator. This year, she developed a workshop for kids in Athens who want to learn French. Joanna enjoys sailing and skiing, literature and travel. She and her husband are the proud parents of two little girls. To her, Home Exchange was always an escape in her mind, even when she couldn't travel. It was a fantastic way to communicate with people all over the world that have the same passion for travel and the same warm and open culture of sharing their favorite space.
France: Paris and other cities and French Alpes, England: London and other cities, Channel islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Spain: Madrid, Bilbao, Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Italy: many cities like Napoli, Milano, Bolonia, Florence, Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Sicily, Turkey: Istanbul, Holland: Amsterdam, Germany: Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, United States: New York, South Carolina, Croatia: Roving, Suisse: Geneva, Suisse Alpes, Monaco
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
In August 2002 I was enjoying with my companion of the time peaceful holidays in Taormina, Sicily, when late in the night we felt a terrible shake. This was the latest eruption of Mount Etna, the most famous volcano in Europe. After the initial shock, I turned to see my companion only to realize he had fallen asleep which was an even bigger shock to me... Men! I left the room, went out to the street where a small crowd had started to gather around an old Sicilian volcano amateur who would guide the crowd to the heights of Etna. I felt obliged to join. In the middle of the night and in the middle of huge clouds of ashes (in the villages on the foot of the mountain, buildings, streets and cars were covered by a giant dark dust), we set up to start ascending Etna, first by car, and then on foot. On our way to the top, we sneaked through the checkpoints installed by the local police. By dawn, we had reached a point so high up the mountain that we could contemplate just on the cliff next to us the lava eruptions of 200 meters high. On my way back to the hotel, I found my companion still sleeping. I never told him what happened that night, even when later he became my husband and the father of our children. Maybe he will find out now...
I love Home Exchange as it is a way of holiday free of forced consumerism. It is also a great way to take a peek in the other person's way of living and get integrated into the life of a local community. So along with a house you don’t just end up with walls, windows and huge savings! but you gain access to a true local experience. On top of that, you are bound to end up with new connections and friendships with people you’d otherwise never meet.