Election day in Diafani was a quiet affair - austerity is pounding down on working people and few villagers working away could spare the time off work or the money to return home to vote.
Whilst the TV in the bars and restaurants dutifully covered the elections, nobody showed much of an interest.
A few glossy leaflets and torn posters flapped in the incessant wind, known hereabouts as maestro, but there were no arguments or discussions; no arms were waved and no voice was raised.
The people here are proud and independent and have always felt that tomorrow lay at their disposal. Now, as they quietly filed in to the church hall to vote, there was silent, passive resignation.
Villagers are opposed to the austerity measures imposed by the previous government
I have been part of this village for more than 30 years. We are far from Athens, but in the mainstream of Greek politics.
I can remember in the early 1980s, when parliamentary democracy was taking root in Greece in a new and exciting fashion, the arguments in the local cafe, the establishment of a women's group and the excitement of the mayoral elections when a socialist won.
Following the dictatorship of the colonels, Greece returned to parliamentary democracy and power swung between the left party, Pasok, and New Democracy on the right.
Locally the vote split 60:40 in favour of Pasok, with only a handful for the communists or the far-right parties.
The ritual here as elsewhere in Greece was always the same - citizens returned to their place of origin to vote. Given time off from work, their fares were often paid for by the major political parties.
So, at election time, the village came alive as young and old returned from Athens or Rhodes or even the United States, to argue and shout, party and vote.
This time the mood was different and the village had a sombre feel until late in the evening when the results trickled in and the villagers realised what Greece had done.
The ruling parties were punished and maybe destroyed: New Democracy has been returned as the largest party but with less than 20% of the popular vote while Pasok, with a little over 13%, has been kicked into third place by Syriza, a leftist party.
Suddenly, with the faint hope that austerity is not the only way forward, the people were drinking ouzo and retsina, laughing and arguing once again.
The arithmetic does not lead to any possible coalition and there is little doubt that there will be new elections in June.
The villagers expect Syriza to gain even more seats then, and perhaps form a government. Syriza is in favour of the euro, but opposed to the terms of the bailout. This may seem a contradiction but logic has never been a strong point in Greek politics.
Many of the newly elected candidates are popular figures: singers, actors and comedians. A commentator on the BBC described the new parliament as "a circus of madmen".
When I explain this to my neighbours they seem content with the description.
A variation of this article first appeared May8th onhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17993965