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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

A Passage to Aegina July 2007

Health professionals state that whenever people experience major life changes such as death  of a close relative, divorce or emigration, to name a few, the key to alleviating the trauma is to ensure that life maintains a pattern, that the presence of familiar items and the preservation of routine habits help to create a semblance of normality.
So when I arrived at Pireaus port and saw the majestic ships lined up, slightly swaying against each other, mouths open to receive a feast of vehicles and people, I chose to make my voyage to Aegina on good old faithful Agios Nektarios.
Not as flashy as many of the newer, faster versions, Agios Nektarios stood proudly, like a wise old man in his Sunday best. I wanted to hug him and realised that my overwhelming joy at seeing him there waiting for me was true to the theory of familiarity enhancing ones feeling of well being and sense of security.
I have known Agios Nektarios since 1982 and apart from his annual absence when he undergoes a short holiday; he has never let me down, always faithfully transporting me to and from Aegina.
His staff, who were dressed in starched white clothing which matched his exterior, shouted to each other as they competently controlled the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic into and out of  the dark green bowels of his vessel.
Once the steep stairs had been negotiated, I pulled the tightly hinged door of the smokers lounge and stepped into the chilled, air-conditioned area where the purser’s office is situated at one end and the bar which continuously serves refreshments to passengers and crew at the other. The door sprang back in place behind me, creaked and slammed as the hinge sharply returned it to its resting place.
The parquet floor squeaked beneath my feet as I made my way past the screwed up faces of the smokers, philosophising with each other behind clouds of cigarette smoke and gingerly wound my way past a group of Scandinavian tourists, patiently waiting for the delivery of their cappuccinos, the aroma of which permeated the air as the coffee hissed its way into white polystyrene cups.
Entering thenon-smoking lounge was like putting on a pair of old slippers and it is there where I first really relaxed since leaving England.
I kicked off my shoes and stretched out along the whole length of sofa, noting as I positioned myself that the upholstery of the furniture was the same Byzantine blue as the carpet, an appropriately soothing colour for a trans-Saronic voyage. I absorbed the details of the curtains, 2 shades of blue sporting images of shellfish and fossils in a shade of pale golden brown.
To my left, a burgundy carpeted staircase regally swept up to the lounge above, a secluded seating area which had the air of a proud and dignified old library but I preferred to stay in the lower one which felt then as it does today like the protective embrace of a favourite grandfather, smelling slightly of stale cigarette smoke and old cardigans but conservatively clean and respectably tidy. I relaxed into the familiar sanctuary of Agios Nektarios,s care and took comfort from the reassuring chugging of his engines as he masterfully propelled me towards Aegina island where my family awaited my arrival.

 

Alison Lorentzos   copyright 2007

Agios Nektarios ferry boat runs between Aegina and Pireas. See the following page for details of cost and an up to date timetable

Current costs are 7 euro per foot passenger and 20 euro per car.

TIMETABLE 1/06/2007- 31/08/2007
FROM PIRAEUS

MONDAY

8:20

12:00

16:00

 

TUESDAY

8:20

12:00

16:00

 

WEDNESDAY

8:20

12:00

16:00

 

THURSDAY

8:20

12:00

16:00

 

FRIDAY

8:20

12:00

16:00

 

SATURDAY

8:20

12:30

16:30

 

SUNDAY

8:20

12:30

17:00

20:30

FROM AEGINA

MONDAY

10:00

14:00

18:15

 

TUESDAY

10:00

14:00

18:15

 

WEDNESDAY

10:00

14:00

18:15

 

THURSDAY

10:00

14:00

18:15

 

FRIDAY

10:00

14:00

18:15

 

SATURDAY

10:00

14:30

18:15

 

SUNDAY

10:00

15:00

19:00

22:30


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