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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING
 

                                              AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2008

                                  

       BEACH CULTURE. 

My first experience of the local beaches was in 1982, when I first travelled to Aegina alone to visit my mother and father –in-law.

Being a rather lovely  ( then ) 22 year old alone, my mother-in-law and her sister decided to escort me to the beach one morning for a swim. Walking along Angelopoulou, we must have looked like a set of weighing scales; me, tall, thin and golden in the middle, flanked by two short, large bosomed women, each of whom had hold of one of my arms as they  waddled, scuffing along in their worn dusty sandals, their cotton house-coats bursting at the buttons. They shouted eager greetings as they passed various neighbours  and  once we reached the beach, they busied themselves collecting shells whilst I enjoyed a cool, unaccompanied swim.

Today, this very beach is throbbing with noise. Disco music blares from loud-speakers and garish inflatable platforms and toys bob on the waves, trying to tug away from the ropes that anchor them to the sea-bed.

Sun loungers and umbrellas populate the beach from which extravagant sun-worshipers order pizzas, alcoholic drinks and iced coffees from the kiosk which arrived two years ago from the mainland  and seems likely to stay.

Gone are the days when the locals would congregate under the pine trees and spread out blankets to enjoy a communal picnic, where the only background noise was that of the heaving waves and keen chatter.

Today, our local beach is a den of flirtation by night, where beach parties are the norm and cars and motor-bikes glisten in the setting sun

We however, have found our own little cove which admittedly is peppered with plastic bottle tops but when we clear our cove of its debris, it becomes a magical haven where we are able to lean against the rocks, listen to the sea   and swim to the rhythm of natural noises.

Its location is a secret ….until it is discovered by commercial sharks.

Meanwhile, I will leave the commercialized beaches to the beautiful young people who obviously enjoy them for the specific beach life they provide, fun and entertainment!!

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                                     copyright August 2008

 

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