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LIVING                                                                          FEBRUARY 2010

 

CARNIVAL TIME AGAIN

I love this time of the year, when hedonism rules just for a short burst of time before settling down to the abstinence of lent.

We spent the Friday night of Apokreas at a function organized by our daughter’s school. A local affair it was fun to be out socializing with people from the surrounding villages. The highlight of the night was the raffle. For 5 Euro, we could buy a fist of 5 tickets, one of which was a winner. We bought twenty and from this, we won a bottle of liqueur and a box of cakes from a local patisserie (still to be collected), a very nice sage green, lady’s jumper, a set of amplifiers for an i-pod and an oil-change for the car. Not too disappointing but nothing like two years ago when we won a leg of rolled pork and twenty tickets to sail on the Agios Nektarios!

I sprayed Mr. L’s beard bright yellow to match the equally garish yellow plastic baseball hat complete with long flowing lemon hair. Due to my chaotic lifestyle( I told him), I didn’t notice the next day that he still had a strong hint of yellow in his beard but fortunately, customers and colleagues did and they kindly informed him.” Ah well, it is still carnival time”, I reassured him as I tied my green hair behind my ears.

Island life amuses me in some ways, particularly the culture of gossip. “Better to be talked about than ignored!” I cheerfully tell my children as they complain about my behavior.( I refused to wash out the green dye)

On Sunday, 14th February, the eve of lent, we went to Eν Aiγινη with some friends whilst the children stayed at home and enjoyed each others’ company.  The programme of excellent bouzouki music started at 11pm and by 01.00 hrs, it was well under way and the venue began to fill up with more and more people. By 02.00 hrs, I began to feel very hot and curiously odd, what with a ringing in my ears and everything appearing gold and black. When nausea gripped my stomach, I hissed to Mr. L that I needed to get out immediately as I felt dreadful. I hadn’t eaten since lunchtime and I am not particularly good at coping with hot, crowded interiors. Being on the wrong side of the table, I was the last to get up but I focused all my concentration on getting to the stairs and hopefully out of the door.

I remember the steps, how reassuringly cold they felt against my face; I could have stayed there all night but being essentially British, I was not going to allow anyone to pick me up, so somehow, I managed to get myself into the upright position and continue my journey to the refreshing coolness of the exterior.

The next day was ‘Clean Monday’.  We flew our kites in Agia Marina where the wind blew violently and the kite string cut through our clothing and ripped our hands so we finally abandoned the feat and retired to a restaurant in Alones where we had a most delicious meat free meal with relatives.



 

Alison Lorentzos                                                            copyright 2010



 

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