‘Kalimera’ : Demetris

Once you meet him, you will observe that he does not talk a lot, especially if you do not speak to him. One can say that he comes in, does the job and gets out! However once he feels that your intentions are pure and genuinely good, he then relishes a very friendly and sweet personality that has always something to add. In that way we find ourselves laughing with things that come out of his mouth, especially when they are least expected. He is originally from beautiful Salonika, Greece, he lives in Amsterdam for the past 5 years and he is our A-Bikes’ Magician. Let’s see what he got to answer to our colleague for himself:

What is your name? 


What is your nickname?

Dimi, usually people who don’t know how to pronounce my name call me Dimi.

What languages do you speak?

English and Greek

Why people tighten the remote control more strongly when it is running out of batteries?

I don’t know, I think they are angry and they want to squeeze and change the channel.

What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up?

About food and water.

Which is your favorite place in the world? 

Halkidiki in Greece

How do you start a conversation?

Hi, how are you? I just introduce myself. Normal and simple stuff.

How do you end one?

‘Bye!’, and sometimes I also say tot ziens (see you later in dutch).

What is the longest you have gone without sleep?

Two and a half days. I was partying and drinking with friends. We just wanted to be awake without a reason.

What’s your favorite food?

Of course moussaka.

How does a bike work?

With your feet, using your legs. Doesn’t it? How should I know this? Am I working with bikes?

How many times do you breathe in a minute?

Between twenty and twenty-five (Demetris was actually counting the times he breathed in a minute but he was laughing and it didn’t work out).

Beach or mountain?


Warm or cold?


What’s your favorite word?

I don’t have a favorite word I think. Oh wait! I know! ‘Disgusting’. It just sounds very cute.

If I tell you the world will end in 24 hours, what would you do?

I will eat something for sure and I will call my mum.

Beer, wine or cocktail? 


If I told you that I know your future what would be the first thing you would ask me?

When will I die and how?

What is the first thing you did when you came to Amsterdam?

I bought this blue card for the train to move around. I don’t remember the name. I used it for a couple of days and then I bought a bike which I use ever since! Not the same one of course as I lost my bike a couple of times since then.

What is the weirdest thing about you?

I don’t think I am really a weird person, maybe it is that I am not very social.

Airplane, car , space ship, boat, motorcycle, walk, bicycle, hover, subway or teleportation? 


Do you like your job and why?

Yes, I do like it. I am doing something that I like that it’s fixing bikes, I can listen to my music. It helps me to focus and that reflects on my daily life as well. It is like meditation. There is a good environment as well and team, which I think it is also very important.

How does internet work?

I don’t know, Internet is too complicated, I don’t understand how it works.

What makes you wanna sleep?

Feeling tired, I want to rest and relax.

What is the average number of sips a person needs to drink a pint of beer?


Catwoman or Superwoman?

Halle Berry

A penguin comes in the shop and asks to rent a bike, what do you do? 

I will give him the bike, I will take a selfie and I will ask him for his ID. I would like to see how a penguin ID is.

Why is the sky blue? 

Because the sea is blue……?

Do you feel lucky or unlucky and why?

Lucky. I am healthy and strong I am doing what I like to do… 

What inspires you? 

I have my plans and I am trying to achieve my goals, that’s inspiring.

What is your favorite fruit? 


What would you say to Jesus Christ if he came in front of you right now?

I will say to him, hello and I will apologize for sure that I thought he did not exist.

Which is your favorite video game?

It was on a very old Nintendo, but the game is Super Mario Kart.

Mario Kart still exists on the new Nintendo.

Really? I want to play!

Have you ever date a customer?

Yes, but not while I was at A-Bike, it was in my previous job……. (maybe)

Do you believe in time machines?

Of course, I have one at home. Actually, I am coming from the future (laughing)

How do you define stress and what do you do to tackle it?

Stress is stress, there is no way to describe it. I usually go running when I am stressed.

Which would be the next three countries you would like to travel to.

The Czech Republic, I am really looking forward to going to Prague, Hungary, and Germany.

What do you think about Dutch people?

They are nice, they are yellow Yellow?   Well… blond I mean. They are blond. And they are always smiling, which sometimes is creepy… (Laughs)