Drinking mate with José – Marrickville

“In Argentina I never had mate by myself because I was too lazy. So when I came to Australia I started to realise what I left behind and what I missed. I met this Argentinian guy in Cairns and he invited me to drink mate and we spent hours drinking mate. He was particular about […]

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Blurring Imaginary Lines at Parliament on King

Have you ever been to Parliament on King? You should – I will tell you why. Ravi, the owner has one of the biggest hearts on King Street. Everyday Ravi, and his wife Della, open the front room of their home, not only to serve the neighbourhood but to help cultivate hospitality skills among asylum […]

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Andreas and Jaana of Amaryllis – Kos, Greece

Andreas met his wife Jaana in 1989, while she was in Kos for a week holiday from Finland. Andreas had moved to Kos from Tripoli in 1982 and was originally working as a waiter in hotels, until he bought Amaryllis (named after the flower) in 1987. In 1991, Jaana moved to Kos permanently and has […]

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Coffee with Michael from Lab Art Cafe – Kos, Greece

“In Greece, when we say let’s meet for coffee, we don’t just mean to drink a coffee and go. We mean to sit around, discuss, talk for hours. And have a coffee as well”. This cultural insight, from a friend Irini, articulates the role of coffee and cafe culture in Greece, and its central position […]

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Toast Special – Socratis and Stamatia in Kos, Greece

“At the beginning of every pay month, one of my colleagues brings us toast from here to the office. It is a special tradition to celebrate the work of the previous month”. Dimitra introduced me to the small, inconspicuous snack bar catering to her office’s monthly celebration. The snack bar is located underneath Agia Paraskevi Church […]

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