“Η θάλασσα τα δίνει κι η θάλασσα τα παίρνει.” * “The sea gives them and the sea takes them back.”

 

One of my favorite photos of the trip. An alley that ends in the ocean.

One of my favorite photos of the trip. An alley that ends in the ocean.

I want to return to Mykonos when the tourist season is at its peak, and the summer heat makes is necessary to go for swims. Visiting Mykonos on the off season meant a lot was shut down, and the little town tucked away on the corner of the island was sleepy, and still. Not that it took anything away from it’s beauty and charm, but I’d like to see it when the stores are all open, the boats to Delos are running at full speed, and all restaraunts have their doors open. As it is Greece has been having a weird week weather wise and that means we got shut in a lot, and Delphi was cancelled, as well was Delos.

We did have an amazing meal at this place by the old port, Antonini’s, I had a lamb casserole cooked with amazing tomatoes, and greek cheese, and potatoes. Amazing. Malka has this sea bass that was also fantastic. Finishing the meal off was a cappuccino and a shot of ouzo. Ouzo is new to me, and probably will remain something I don’t drink very often. I like the sweet taste of it, but it is pretty strong and I’m not a big fan of sipping liquor. But it still went nicely with the cappuccino.

When the weather cleared up on Friday we woke up early, got coffees at a tiny coffee shop, and went exploring on the beach. During the off season the boats to Delos only run on the weekends, and we weren’t staying that long unfortunately. But exploring was so much fun. We allowed our selves to get lost, wander off the path beaches, and walk along the rocks. I picked up a rock from one of the beaches, but I can’t say I know where that rock has gone too  now. Possibly lost in my mess of packing.

View from our hotel room.

One of the many churches.

Another church at the edge of the ocean

While walking through the tiny alleys, we watched as the locals started preparing for tourist season that would start in a month. Painting their walls, doing inventory, just prepping themselves.

We picnicked in our little hotel room with cold cuts and cheese and crackers, our balcony doors open so the light and wind came in. So beautiful.

When the town woke up from it’s siesta we found a place to go eat where we got pasta and vegetables – also amazing. Then the waitress (the Greeks love to serve you after dinner drinks apparently), gave us a shot of tequila mixed with coffee liqueur.

I got amazing photos, and besides that it was just nice to take a break, explore the town which is really just a bunch of old white buildings, and narrow little streets where cars aren’t allowed to go.

There’s a church on every corner, I’m not even kidding. And at mass time you can hear the bells ring all over the town for ten minutes at least, if not longer. The air is fresh and salty, and the people are kind and helpful.

But I would like to see this island in full swing, maybe get on a boat to Delos. Actually this goes for all of Greece. I’ll be back, in the summer when it’s overrun by silly tourists like me, and enjoy the heat of Greece. But for now I’m glad to have had it when it was quiet, rainy, and still.

Cactus growing on the side of a cliff. I didn't know cactus grew in Greece?

One of the famous Mykonos windmills.

We are on a ferry boat headed back to Athens for the evening, will rest up, then are on a plane in the afternoon back to London.

I’m looking forward to being back. I want to start rehearsals, get cast, and sink my teeth into a role. Leo really gave us some amazing tools for Shakespeare, and I’d love to take what he gave me this semester and really attack a role and show people what I can do. I know I can do something amazing.

It’s also the final stretch to home, five weeks only then I say goodbye to London for a very long time. I can’t think about that now. It makes my heart hurt a little, and I already start to get freaked out about moving my life back into reality.

For now, I’m going to focus on saying Goodbye to Greece, and getting settled back into good ol’ London.

Greece was amazing, and I’ll be back. I’m not nearly done exploring this amazing country.

 

Goodbye Greece, it's been amazing.

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  1. Dani, I’m so glad to see that you are having a great time and that you have been provided with this wonderful opportunity to travel and visit so many wonderful locations. You are a very fortunate young woman. And as for the picture of the alley, ending at the ocean — it is truly one of the most beautiful pictures you have post by far. Enjoy your last five weeks there and as always, looking forward to seeing when you come back home. Love, Tia Rox


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