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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING


 

LIVING                                                                      JULY/AUGUST 2013
  

 AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
 

The bus to the airport was late; I was still in Surrey. The time was 12.55 and my gate was going to close at 13.50. Seasoned traveler, even I was feeling nervous about possibly missing my flight to Athens. A delightful couple from Tipperary was waiting with me. “No, it is not usually late”, I answered when the woman anxiously questioned the reliability of the service. She phoned National Express and someone explained that the bus was certainly held up but should arrive within 10 minutes. "Want to share a cab”? I asked. Of course they did! The Asian taxi driver arrived at our stop within 5 minutes. I frantically garbled that we HAD to be at Gatwick airport in 20 minutes and hoped he’s be up to the challenge. He was!

Mu nameless co-passengers had been to their daughter’s wedding and their flight was due to leave for Dublin half an hour after mine. They asked why I was travelling to Greece; was I going on holiday? I wish!! I explained that I live mainly in Greece on an island called Aegina; I almost suggested they Google my name as I get tired of explaining my life and sometimes I feel that people might believe I am fabricating a tale, that I might be a weird middle aged woman living a fantasy life.

We were almost at the exit leaving the M25 for the M23 when the traffic stood still; it didn’t move. Three minutes seemed endless and my voice was edged with panic as I explained I HAD to get back to support my daughter during her exams which were to start the next day. What subject is she writing tomorrow enquired my co-passengers? Ancient Greek translation into Modern Greek I gushed. I suddenly realised how impressive that sounded And where does she go to school? Oh just the local island high school I answered, swelling slightly with pride. Wow! Chorused co passengers and driver. Despite the panic that had now reached my throat, I was able to consider where in the UK would she have the chance to study such subjects. Harrow? Eton? Not the local state schools for sure! And as for the maths!!! Only a couple of weeks earlier, the class had been taken to Afais temple to measure the pillars. They were to compare these to the dimensions of the Acropolis, to see whether the formula was a standard one that could be applied to all temples but what really interested me at that time was the relationship of time over speed to get me to Gatwick.

Suddenly, the traffic started to move and I thanked God, any God and all gods for helping to move me on in my journey. The co passengers and driver were silent and I wondered if they were pleased to encounter a God grateful Anglo Saxon, a rare commodity nowadays. We were delivered to Gatwick departures lounge at 13.32 and I threw money at the Irish couple thanked them for their company and apologized for running off. But you’ve given us too much! It doesn’t matter; I’m so pleased to be here. Give the excess to the driver. I thanked him too for his excellent driving skills and off I ran, like a mad hare. I finally got through security and to my gate by 13.48 which included stopping to buy a newspaper too!

What a wonderful feeling and such an accomplishment to be sat on that plane destined for Athens. Finally I could relax.

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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