Episode 37 // Oana Aristide: The Accidental Hotelier

May 12, 2021

“… if you spend a lot of energy on something you do just once in your life, you can’t make it perfect for everyone or maybe perfect for anyone else, but you want to do it so that you feel completely at peace that you’ve done the best you possibly could.

Oana speaking to Judy from Greece via Zoom, April 2021



Oana Aristide was born in Transylvania, to parents of Romanian, Greek and Yemeni background. After the fall of communism the family emigrated to Sweden. She has worked in the City of London as a macroeconomist, and as an advisor to the Romanian prime minister. In 2018 she took on the task of converting a heritage villa on the Greek island of Syros into a small hotel, and now divides her time between Syros and London. Her debut novel Under the Blue, a literary thriller about a pandemic, the rise of AI, and how – or why – we might save the human race, is published in hardback and eBook by Serpent’s Tail.












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