Store owners in the Plaka

Communication Observation

One thing that I have noticed in my time in Athens so far, is that in the Plaka especially, that almost all of the "polite" norms I have been taught my whole life are ignored. At home, when you walk past someone in the mall, Americans think it is weird and even rude to just ignore someone and walk past. Here, they do not find it rude. However, they seem to be much more aggressive here than they are in America. For example, people have come up to our group and physically grab your hands to sell you a bracelet, but that would never be okay in America. It is interesting to watch people interact in the Plaka and it is so interesting to see how cultures react totally different to each other. They are much more relaxed and time does not have as big of a press on them as it does on us.