Tuesday, May 26, 2009
George and I got to know eachother pretty well during our trip to Zakynthos since I was in his car whenever we would go anywhere. I had hung out with him in the states before, but now he lives in Greece so I had many questions about his life now, etc. We both baked in the sun together and had fun on the car rides. He made stops on the street for me to look at sandals, bought Tim a soccer team shirt and made me laugh the entire time. George is the mafiosa brother you always wanted, a talker and always knows "a guy" for whatever you need. Cheers George!The entire Lichounas family has been so welcoming, sweet and again, generous. From family meals to gifts from Greece, they have welcomed me in like one of the family. Angeliki, Angela's Grandmother is not in the above photo, but I believe she derserves her own photo, she is 96 and was at the family meals at Maria and Christos house (Angela's Aunt and Uncle - Grandma lives with them). She has had a long life and I just loved looking at her thinking, what I am going to be like at 96? Incredible to see everyone all together.
I love you all and you will all be in my heart and mind with each day that passes. I will keep you all in my prayers and I know I will see you all again, so no good-byes, just farewell until next time...
PS - Thank you Greece, I love you, I love your people, your food, your weather, your beaches, your language. I love that everyone here thought I was Greek and would speak to me in Greek and I would look at them with a blank stare and it was OK. I love being in a place where I look like the people, you made me feel at home as like Malta, I fit right in. I'll be back.
Monday, May 25, 2009
- The ferry ride, I am like a little kid on a boat, have to walk around and check everything out.
- The color of the water blew my mind, I have never seen water like this before.
- The hotel pool/bar - frappes in sunchairs...yes please!
- Frankie's speedo
- "Sallaba Beach Horn!" - inside joke
- Mexican Food at a Greek restaurant, I ate Greek food
- The cook at the restaurant
- The drivers of the horse drawn carriages
- Cake on my leg
- Christos wanting to get into the pool the first night but couldn't because they added cholrine to it.
- Baby lizard in my hotel room
- St. Dionysius church - seeing his body after 400 years preserved in a glass tomb
- Walking 5 miles in the heat in Zakynthos town (maybe 2.5, felt like 5)
- Christina's ability to get us into the Byzantine ruins 20 minutes before they closed - awesome!
- Palm Reader machine
- Me drinking way too much carrot apple juice and getting sick - ooops!
- Taxi Driver (movie) with Greek subtitles
- George baking in the sun
- Peter, "what's up dude?"
- Diving off the end of the dock at St. Nicolas Beach with Angela and swimming back to shore
- Mistaking a moss covered rock at the bottom of the sea for a turtle and freaking out a little bit
- Laying in the sun spacing out watching the sea
- Eating at Windmill restaurant - the view was incredible
- Ferry back to Patra - talking with Peter about islands and the sea
- Singing with George and Peter on the way back to the house
- Sleeping in today after being drained by the sun
- Life is good and I am in heaven!
Friday, May 22, 2009
- You are an optimist and I try to be most of the time, but you influence me to be that way more often.
- You put up with my craziness, mood swings and emotions without judgement.
- You always are ready to lift me up when I crumble to the ground.
- You eat everything I make even if you don't like it.
- You make me laugh so much especially when I need it most.
- You are super patient and even more so when I am antsy for things to happen.
- You are my anti-anxiety medication - you always say the right things to make me feel better when I am freaking out a bit.
- You love my family and friends as much as I do.
- You call me in the afternoon to check on me at work.
- You let me come to Greece with Angela - how about you introduced me to Angela as well, for that I could never thank or love you enough.
- You love with all of your might.
I love you babe and miss you and can't wait to celebrate our anniversary when I get home.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
If I had packed the suitcase of my dreams, this is what I would be wearing to dinner at Angela and Christina's Aunt's house for dinner tonight.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I have to give a shout out to Angela because last year in May, I had just found out that Vietnam was closing to US adoption and our adoption may be in the toilet and we went on a roadtrip to move her to Colorado - she took me out of my life then when I needed to get away and the same thing has happened this May as well. I was feeling very sad at home, depressed, overwhelmed from SO many things and the timing of this trip was perfect. I hope that one day I will be able to reciprocate in some way because these two escapes from life have been very healing and beneficial to me in so many ways. I don't know how to explain it, but that is the best I can do. I hope you catch my drift - timing is everything and I don't know how Angela does it, but the safty net she has put under me two May's in a row has been a life saver.
PS - trying to download photos here is a little slow, I may try more later tonight.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
People here are crazy for him - you should have seen everyone RUN to the livingroom last night to see his performance and screaming when he dances. Angela and I were just sitting laughing at his chest popping moves. I call him the Greek Ricky Martin. I love the passion of the people here, if they love something, they really love it and are not afraid to show it.
Enjoy this clip from the other night.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It is siesta time and we are just lounging, drinking frappe (Christos is drinking ice cold ouzo) and sitting outside getting ready to put up tables for the party tonight.
Slept until Noon today after being up until 3 in the morning with both Angela and Christina.
By the way - we all have nicknames (Frankie names) here:
- Katie - Tsi-see
- Christina - Eena
- Christos - Toto (like the dog in the Wizard of Oz)
Anyway - I am out of here - getting ready to help set up for the party!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Back at home now, with a lightly baked crust from the beach and getting ready for dinner. Tomorrow will be busy, we are having a party tomorrow night here at the house so we will all be getting ready - I can't wait. My nights here have been epic, staying up with Christina outside talking and smoking (yes, I am on vacation)! We are waiting for Angela to get caught up with sleep and Frankie back on a schedule and she will soon be roped in on the all night talk fests.
A shout out to my sister Emily, get on a plane pronto and get your booty here! You would love it and we are missing the other piece of the sisterhood of the traveling Mediterranean's. Opa!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Anyway, day one here has been so great!
Last night we had pita for dinner with souvalki (soov-lah-kee again with the spelling, it's all Greek to me), tomatoes, onion, tzatziki and frech fries! Anywhere that puts french fries on a sandwich is good in my book. We stayed up pretty late drinking beer and hanging out at the dinner table on the veranda. Angela's Dad (Savvas) was here most of the evening and Mavra arrived later (his wife) followed by George (brother) who worked until 10 PM and then came over. Frankie was asleep, but the adults stayed up around the table talking - it was so nice to see Angela with her brother and sister hanging out with their Dad. I thought I would feel a little out of place, being the one person not in the family, but I am fitting in just great and it helps that I have met everyone except Mavra and Christos in the past and we have all hung out before. After Savvas and Mavra went home Christos went to bed and the gals and George stayed up chatting. Angela then decided to go to sleep, George went home and Christina and I brought up the rear and stayed up until about 12:30-1 AM. With almost no sleep and lots of beer, it was pretty funny. I slept so good. Read about one page of my book and passed out until 11 AM today.
When I got up Christina was up, Christos (it's his Birthday today) was out running errands and the others were sleeping still. Low and behold Angela and Frankie slept until almost 2 PM! Good for them, I think after tonight we will all be caught up with sleep. I know I could use some more but don't want to miss anything, eventhough I missed siesta today and ran errands, but it was fun! I saw downtown Patras with Christina - we drove Savvas and Mavra home (they came by this morning for a couple hours). It was nice to see the city and the old fortress. Believe it or not, the city reminded me of places in Vietnam, the building style, the narrow streets and don't get me started on the rules of the road here, because there arent any. Frankie spent the afternoon riding his new bike - motorbike thing that you push a button and it drives itself - how on earth does he know how to steer it without ever having riden one before? Must be a boy thing. Most of today has been spent lounging on the veranda, it is HOT!
As I write it is about 8 PM and we are getting ready to have a BBQ for dinner, Christos' Mom came over and brought him a beautiful Birthday cake that we will have later. Perhaps George will come over later as well when he is done with work - we will see. Angela is getting Frankie ready for bed, he had a busy afternoon riding his bike, feeding the chickens (behind the house) and running around the front yard kicking the ball. We are trying to get him back on a schedule starting with bed tonight on time.
Anyway, I am giving a complete run down in case Ang can't update her blog as much because I know Brian is reading and maybe others who want to know the play by play.
Brian, I have to tell you that I installed the car seat with Angela today and you would be proud, I cranked that thing so tight in there (not as tight as you do, I am sure) but we did a good job! Had to let you know, I think it would pass your inspection.
Tomorrow the beach, I think, depends on how late we all sleep again. Today all we got up too late but needed the sleep. I think next weekend we are going to one of the islands Zakinthos (I spelled it like it sounds).
OK, going back to sit at the table on the veranda, I love that everything happens outside here! I am in for a rude awakening when I get home and have no where to sit outside at my place.
Christina is the best hostess ever, I love her to pieces!
Until next time...
PS - for those of you who want photos, I can't post them. I need the CD to my camera in order for this computer to load the driver, I tried the drivers on the computer and Canon is not listed, neither is Sony (Angela's camera). Poo! UPDATE - problem solved - the USB port we were tryig was not working, Christos is the MASTER.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Toronto to Frankfurt = 7.5 hour flight
Frankfurt to Athens = 2.45 hour flight
Athens to Patras = 2.5 hour drive
Arriving in one piece, luggage in all, priceless.
Drinking my first frappe made by Christos incredible.
Ready to swim tomorrow in the sea and party for Christos birthday on Saturday - so many amazing things to look forward to.
I am beat, need to shower and drink more frappes!
I will keep blogging when I can - there is a computer here at Christina and Christos' house.
PS - please do not mind the misspellings, everything comes up as misspelled, it is a Greek computer!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Work has been a little nuts to say the least. On top of a crazy work week, I had jury duty all last week so every evening I would have to call in and see if I had to report the next day (with fingers and toes crossed of course, I did not want to miss a day at the office this week). Anyway, in the end I never got called in! Thank God!
Anyway, this weekend is going to consist of running around - already went and got my luggage out of storage, going to Target to get some last minute toiletries and going to do my laundry.
I will blog from Greece so if I don't post until then...sit tight.
Wish us safe and smooth flights and say a little prayer for us while we travel.
Three days until Greece!
Monday, May 04, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
I super love it and hope that one day I will have similar space to keep my things organized. I won't even embarrass myself and show you my embroidery basket. Scary!
PS - for a larger photo, head over to All Sorts (link above) and click on the photo.
Friday, May 01, 2009
I can't believe I didn't really post anything this month besides my photo a day. I mean, there were a few in there, but nothing really. Truth be told...I am overwhelmed right now. Overwhelmed by life itself, which sounds really stupid and maybe will help me put things in perspective by getting this all out...you like things you think you feel and then when you say them aloud they sound entirely off base and silly? Truth is, I have occasional depression. It is horrible and I have the capability to psych myself out of it most of the time. I remind myself that is chemical and I can get out of it, but wonder in the back of my mind, if one time, that won't work - scary! Yes, I have taken medication for it, etc. but have been off of it for about 2 years now and am doing OK except for these little bumps in the road, which I can (so far) manage. I am blessed to have that little voice inside of me that says, just get out there, be active, you will feel much better and boy is that the truth. That voice is just starting to come out now. The entire month of April, I really only found solace in the thought of folding into myself and totally letting the entire low feeling envelop me but just before I would start to sink, life would throw me a curve ball that kept me from that and I am grateful. When I start feeling like there is too much, I make a list of what I have to do and when it is due and on the flip side I make a gratitude list - things I am thankful for at this moment. I keep those lists in my journal and when I need to go back and see that things aren't so bad, I read them.
Anyway, I do feel better putting this out there. Maybe some of you get this same way too, I don't know. I am a little embarrassed because I try super hard in my life to be really positive and optimistic but I have to say that even the people with the shiniest positive sheen sometimes get a little tarnished.