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LIVING IN AEGINA

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LIVING                                                             MARCH/APRIL 2014         

SOME CLEAN FUN

Apokries, carnival time is a great excuse for anarchy and fun here in Greece, lots of meat eating and a splurge of final indulgence before Clean Monday and the ensuing abstinence and purity that lead up to Easter. The Greeks are not unfamiliar with abstinence; it is what most people have been practicing for the last 6 years, particularly abstinence from spending!

This year, the weather was awful, particularly on Clean Monday which didn’t stop child number three from celebrating big-style with her friends. The school president, it is her job, in the final year of lykeio to motivate and encourage her peers to fund raise so that they can finance the school trip, which this year is in Crete. Hence, the Saturday before Clean Monday, yet another school party was arranged, the proceeds of which were to go towards the school trip fund. The theme was aliens. We left them to it, the gaggle of girls, silent in their concentrated artistry, the table laden with face paints, glue, glitter and brushes, told her to be back by 03.00 hours (early by Greek standards)

We met our friends at the Cretan restaurant and invited our Russian guest/friend so that we could educate him in the ways of local islanders celebrating carnival time.

The music was enjoyably heart- felt, perhaps a little too loud but who needs conversation when there is music to feel and aromatic red meat to eat.

At one point in time, Mr. L, a relatively considerate nicotine addict skulked out to indulge his disgusting habit and returned with Koutalas, Aegina’s very own spoon man. Feeling shy, he was desperate to play his spoons but felt too self aware to come inside. Mr. L though, insisted he came in to join us and so he sat at our table, our very own personal musician, a man of no words who communicates via two silver spoons that he insanely clicks with feverish speed. Sometime later, when completely overpowered by the spell of the band’s music, he stood up, placed his right foot up on his chair and swung his spoons lasso like around his head, click, click, click, click. Our guest watched bewildered, possibly amused. Koutalas, I want to call him the egg and spoon man; his head is shaped exactly like an egg, bald and shiny, tapering to a rounded point at the top; it seems very appropriate that he should play the spoons. The band seemed not to mind his clickety contribution and he was blissfully happy, sharing the ovation of the grateful diners.

Music being the conveyor of thoughts and emotions, several of the diners got up to translate their feelings into dance, perhaps to forget their problems or simply to enjoy the moment. We love listening to music and watching people dance. After many years of being here though, I still don’t know the dances but I hope to attend classes in Kipseli on Sunday mornings so that I too will be able to speak the language of the dance in future.

Hours went by and we hadn’t heard the mobile phones ringing. It was 4am when we finally decided to leave. We opened the front door quietly but no sooner had we got inside when we heard number three. “There you are, she yelled.”I have been so worried, wondering where you are!’ why didn’t you call me to let me know when you’d be coming back?!” “Sorry, we mumbled, but we hoped you’d pass by and join us, after all, you knew where we were!”

Clean Monday was a complete wash-out, spent with Mr. L’s sister, no kite flying this year. We sat by the log fire and enjoyed an indoor picnic of taramasalata, dolmades, prawns, curried vegetables cooked by number three, served with rice…delicious and the ubiquitous halva.

Easter is fast approaching…so watch this space….

Number 3 in one of her guises….
 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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