I think Greece today has turned a major corner in its history as a nation. The home of traditional democracy, the seat of reason, and the home of the classical gods, Greece has faced foreign occupation, invasion, and civil war and still survived as a proud people with a culture the envy of the modern world. It doesn’t hurt that the country is in many places scenically breath-taking and culturally exhilarating. The problem here, however, is that with all these qualities, it is still a country whose economy is in serious straits, so stricken by debt that it stands on the verge of being kicked out of the eurozone for defaulting on billions of euros owed to the IMF and the European Central Bank. Seventy-five percent of the Greek economy depends on tourism and bailouts from the rest of the world, of which Canada is a lender. Getting a 61% no-vote in a national referendum will not succeed in forcing the eurozone from changing its stance of repayment terms. If Greece and its socialist government under Tsipras thumbs their nose at the money people, four things will certainly kick in: Greek banks will run out of money; Greece will be forced out of the EU; nobody will want to trade with it; and pension funds will continue to be decimated. As far as I can see, there is no way out except to yield to the harshest of financial terms that will probably amount to Greece being put on life support while it tries to get its house in order. My wife and I still want to visit the Greek islands but realize that with the removal of the special government subsidy for tourist operators in the area, travel there will be more expensive.