I was born in Skiathos and I will tell you what school was like then. We were in Bourtzi.  We went when it was cold, it was windy, we had no water, phones, nothing. No tablets to talk on. No sweets to eat.  We had no kiosks to get chocolate.  There was nothing there.  First of all, we had no light.  We were in the dark.  We lit lamps in our homes.  We also had no running water.  We had nothing to communicate on.  All we had was a bell, the village’s bell.  Which rung in the morning very fast.  In every occasion, this bell sounded differently.  The morning it went “din-din-din-din-din”.  We ran for school, it was 8 o’clock.  That is how we knew that it was 8 o’clock.  The village was small, it was that small.  It was different than it is today, with all its villas and numerous houses. And we heard the bell and we all ran to get to school in time, so the teacher wouldn’t lock us outside.  And at noon, we would go to school, we said our prayers, had all the courses, and then the bell would ring 12 times at noon. “Ding-dong”.  We would all say “it is noon”.  And the people would gather at home, the workers from the fields, to eat their lunch.  When there was a fire, now we have the fire department.  We didn’t have these things back then.  The bell would ring and the people ran. “Fire, Fire”.  They ran with the buckets to put out the fire in a burning house.  We had no car, no fire department, nothing.  We couldn’t even get candy.  There were only 3-4 grocery stores in Skiathos, shops. We called them ‘bakalika’.  One of them was ours, my father’s.  You couldn’t find much to buy there.  The only sweet was chickpeas with raisins.  That was our sweet.  We ran to get the chickpeas.  And somebody made ice cream.  And we ran to get an ice cream cone in the afternoon to cool down.  And they sold everything without any packages, not like now. Spaghetti, pasta… they were sold in bulk out of drawers.  The housewives would bring a towel.  No nylon bags, no bottles to drink water. We didn’t have this bottle.  We went to the school and we had no water.  Our mothers would give their towel, and the grocer would put rice in, and you would say “A pound of rice, a pound of spaghetti”. And they put it in the towel, so the mother could take it to cook at home.