Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Greek night - A non-Greek's experience

When non-Greeks go to "Greek nights", they expect to have the authentic Greek experience. Unfortunately it's more like a show that is put on for them. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the experience you get is really fun but erm, hardly authentic!

You get an impressive meze of food, of course. The normal meze course is about 7 courses, so I'm not sure you will get ALL of it where you go, but it depends on the place. The tables are laid out in rows with a dancefloor in the middle and a band. 

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The entertainment is the funniest bit! You will probably be given an enjoyable display of plate smashing, a belly dancer and some Greek dancing. Then they will grab people up to join in the "dancing" This is what always cracks up the Greeks! As much as we love to see non-Greeks enjoying themselves and making the effort to take part (as we know, everyone wants to be Greek anyway) the dancing they get them to do is hilarious! 

Hands on shoulders, step kick, step kick, step kick, step kick and repeat until the music stops. Sometimes they bouzouki player feels adventurous and will pick up the beat meaning you gotta kick those legs faster, but that's all you get to do! I love that non Greeks leave feeling they know how to Greek dance after that experience! 
Come 11pm you're truly exhausted and stuffed that you head on home, dreaming of living in Greece where you get to eat loads and dance every day...

If you go to a real bouzoukia night, as opposed to a taverna (which is more of a restaurant with some entertainment) it's a slightly different experience! For one, it doesn't even get close to getting started until after midnight! I'll save that for another post, so stay tuned for that!

So, I want to know, what are your experience of "Greek nights"? Leave them in the comments below!

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