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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                   SEPT/OCTOBER 2017
  

THE MINI BREAK


 

Not fond of holidays, but definitely fans of the mini break, we decided to meet a couple of old friends in Spetses.

I chose the hotel, called Seven Islands because it was quite far from town, so no motor bike noises to annoy Mr. L and I liked that breakfast was to be served from 08, 00 until midday, a sensible service in line with my philosophy of a break, that is, to wake up late and to lie in bed until one can be bothered to get out. In addition, I liked very much the description of the hotelier, a kind family woman (who hails from Aegina) and likes to bake pies and biscuits for her guests. She picked us up from the port when we arrived and took us back when we left; she and her daughter were polite, professional and eager to provide a good service..Bravo tous!!!

So the next day, after a solid night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast of thick cold yogurt with treacly honey and linseed, fresh fruit, good strong coffee and home made biscuits, we were fortified to face the day. I knew that our friends were compatible with us in not wanting to lounge on a beach but I had forgotten that they were GPS freaks who overdose on step production which they monitor on one of those wrist thingys.  B wanted to walk across the island to the other side where the caves are situated. Of course, Mr. L moaned, least of all because visually disabled people have a hard time as it is navigating their way around the world but this difficulty is compounded on a hill with irregular stony tracks which wind upwards. I decided not to walk with him as I knew that he would moan, so left him to M, a no nonsense, hardy Irish woman who can only see the positive merits of walking across hills, visually impaired or not and besides, it would be great physiotherapy for his ex smokers restricted airways disease. Anyway, when M caught up with me, leaving Mr. L to her husband for a spot of ear bending, we amused ourselves by imagining how we would deal with our men folk in the event of a medical emergency on the desolate hills.

Not trusting the GPS too much, we encountered an old turkey farmer and I asked if we were walking in the right direction; we were! And when I heard the barking of a stray dog (or was it a pack of dogs), I could feel fear in my mouth and I knew MR L would blame me for any such confrontation. Nevertheless, I was finally grateful that he was with me because he really is fearless and will take no messing around from any creature, so I walked next to him hoping that his aggressive pheromones would overpower my fearful ones. Fortunately, the dogs were tied, so I skipped off again to join M. She switched on her i-phone playlist and we decided to pacify Mr. L by playing some of his favourite music, infact we finally stopped at a derelict building to drink some water and nibble on some short bread biscuits from Morrissons. Mr. L loves “I’m Only Human”, by Rag and Bone Man I told M. Within seconds, she had located it in her playlist and we danced for the mountains, the hills, the sea and all disgruntled husbands. Sure enough, Mr. L was smiling and then laughing, an unusual sight!

Continuing on our journey across the hills, we were on the way down when the sky clouded, heavy drops of rain plopped on our heads, our shoulders and down inside our T shirts and trousers, the lightning flashed threatening to kill us and the thunder echoed the threat. We knew it would be stupid to have sheltered beneath a tree but we couldn’t have done so anyway as vast areas of the forest had recently burnt in a huge fire that ravaged numerous trees, so we picked our way through the skeleton of a black forest, rushing past precarious telegraph poles that hissed and clicked with abnormal electrical sounds until we reached a tarmac road that glistened in the sunlight and winked the promise of civilisation

And finally, 3 hours later ..our oasis at the end of the tarmac road…the only taverna in Agios Anargyri,set at the sea edge; we sat and enjoyed ice cold beer, chicken kebabs and a traditional Greek salad.
We all agreed to return to Spetses town though by bus!




Alison Lorentzos                                                       copyright 2017

 

 

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