Finally, in 1965, they decided to leave. The healthiest and more economically robust part of the Greek diaspora was gone. Others left for their homeland, Greece, others for the North of Europe, Australia, America, South Africa and all over the world.
The conditions of settling in Greece were very hard, since people had to start again from zero to build a new life. Abandoned by everyone, especially by the Greek government, left at the mercy of God, they tried, on their own, but also with ploys, to rescue what was left.
Our grandmother, Victoria Dova, used to stuff the bars of soap she made herself and the meatballs she fried, with 2 – 3 gold coins, without any of the family knowing about it. Exporting gold, valuables and currency was then punishable with heavy penalties. The ships landed the Greek people from Egypt at the port of Piraeus where they were crammed for days, homeless at first, until they found someone to put them up. Finally, with God’s help, our family settled in Platanias, in South Pelion, where our mother, Evanthia Dova, comes from.