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Hi there, and welcome to my blog, photo gallery, CV website and just a general opinion dumping ground of a neurotic college student from Michigan. Like you can probably guess from the website title my name is Ethel. Just kidding, 🙂 , I'm Daphne, but I don't want get into who I am at this point. There's a short author byline in the sidebar to the right, and a full write up in the About me section. Suffice it to say I'm a student with a love for good food, good coffee, good wine, photography, tech, the usual I guess for us edgy Millennials. In my spare time I like to use high quality HD camera drones to capture photos of nature. Flying drones is very exciting, I recently even got my FAA Part 107 knowledge test license. So now I'm a certified drone pilot 🙂 Also, I like to cook good food and watch a lot of TV. If I could live a life filled with nothing more than photography, good food and wine, I'd die a happy man, or should I say woman. Unfortunately, very few of us are lucky enough to lead lives like these, so I'll probably have to do a couple of other things besides the aforementioned favorites of mine.

My name is Daphne Christakos, and I'm a college student from Ann Arbor, Michigan. My college of choice was University of Michigan. GO Wolverines!!! I study history. Soon I'll be graduating and hopefully finding a job as a history teacher somewhere. My many hobbies include photography, cooking, traveling and going out with friends. On my travels I take photographs of nature. My parents are Greek, and therefore I'm as well. I don't know if you watched the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but if you have, that's been my life growing up. I wouldn't change it for anything, I love you mom and dad. That's it from me.

Daphne's Greek Cafe

So I guess I should start by explaining just why exactly did I launch this website. Having a blog seems to be so old fashioned nowadays. We're living in the era of social media profiles and racking up follower numbers. I was actually told by a person I know that having a blog is so 2000. Progress, what a great thing, don't you agree? Anyways, there are 3 reasons that compelled me to go through the arduous task of setting up Daphne's Greek Cafe. First of all, I needed a place for organizing my collection of drone captured photography. There's no way of saying this without sounding paranoid, but I don't trust social media profiles with something so intimate as my photographs, so I'll share them with the world here, where I have some semblance of control.

Latest articles:

Food
Places to find Greek food..

Have you ever wanted to know where to find ideas for delicious Greek food and meals? Well wonder no more. In todays article we take a look at what are good places online to find.....

Nature, Air
Quick photo gallery to start..

Well I've offically began to upload my gallery of photos. For the time being it has only been a single post, but hey, it's a start. Soon I'll be adding more, but for the time being you'll only have .....

Photography, my one and true love

My primary goal was then to use this website as a web gallery of sorts. Even though I have a lot of photos, and I'm planning on buying better photography drones, or even some foldable camera drone in the future to expand my collection, having a website dedicated solely to nature photos would probably be boring to people who aren't into photography. Then I thought why not cover some of the other cool interests that I have. I'm sure people would like to hear about those, right, right? Hence the reason why I decided to go rouge and add two more categories to my website. They cover food and drinks and I also included a general purpose blog where anything and everything will go.
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
ansel adams
Ansel Adams
Photographer

Recent photo shoots

Michigan shots

I was taking photos of the lake side coast one weekend two years ago and this is an image that stayed since then. It just looks so serene, a solitary tree on top of a hillside. Great representation of those moments when you feel so alone..

College life

Here is a great shot I took of my friend Cindy. This photo captures the essence of what college life is all about, at least for us history grads. Starting at a book for hours on end, trying to understand and memorize what you're reading about.....

Greek food and recipes

Food has always been a great passion of mine. I come from a Greek family, so there was always great Mediterranean food on the table back home. I learned to cook at a very young age, and I've been doing it ever since. The only difference is that later on, as I got older, I got more courages and started experimenting with my own recipes, setting up special menus when I had friends come over to my flat. Cooking is also something that takes up a lot of my free time. I spend a fair amount of my evenings thinking up new recipes, but sometimes, I should I say most of the times, I'm lazy and I just hope over to somewhere like the Greek section of Food.com and find new interesting recipes to test out. It's cheating I know, but you're never going to grow as a cook if you're only eating food that you prepare yourself.

Doing the blog thing in 2017

For the blog I'm not entirely sure myself what I'll be posting there, what kind of articles. I guess it'll be whatever I feel the need to rant about at a given moment. It'll be a mixed bag of topics if I have be honest. I'll try to keep close to the theme of the website, meaning photography, food, drinks, etc. I might also take advantage of the blog to present myself a little to potential employees, make a profile of me, Daphne. I'm graduating this year, so I'll be needing one of them jobs that I hear people have. Maybe I could make this website a CV of sorts. Anyway, keep in mind that there's also going to be a blog available, with lots of different topics covered.

More photos made by me

My future and the impending employment of Daphne

As I have already mentioned, I'm graduating college soon, in a couple of months. What this means for me is that I have to starting thinking what I'll be doing for the rest of my life. You'd think that this is something that I should have thought about before college, but seeing how I decided to study history, my employment prospects don't look all that well, at least not here in Michigan. What can I say, I happened to be in love with history at the time of choosing my major. I'll have to broaden my search and move should I insist on working within my field. To say that I regret my degree would be an understatement. It'd be a better idea to just study something equally as useless like photography, seeing how it's something that at very least I like and enjoy doing more than history. 🙁

What gives me some comfort however is the fact that I'm not alone in this predicament of mine. Other people being in the same bade situation as you isn't something to be happy about, I know. Misery loves company and all that. I realize just now that when I'm writing the way that I'm writing, I'm painting a picture of myself as someone who hates and is bad at what their chosen profession is. That's not the case at all. I'm an honor student, and I have hopes of someday being a history teacher. It's not the same thing to have regrets and to hate something. One can have regrets about something without hating that something.

Starting this website might have been something that I did on a whim, but hey, looking at it now that it's nearly finished, I have to say that it doesn't look half that bad. YouTube is a great teacher I guess, there's lots that you can learn there. Maybe I could start a career in building websites, that'll be a twist. Well I better wrap things up. I don't want to talk too much about things here and now, then I won't have anything to fill the rest of the website with. Thanks a lot for visiting and I hope you come back again some time in the future. I'm Daphne and I'm signing out.