Aegina Home & Living - Living in Aegina

 

 

 


LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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 LIVING                                                                  JULY/ AUGUST 2014

 

ECCENTRICITIES OF LIFE


For some obscure reason, I like odd numbers more than even and I favour left to right.I prefer some letters to others, based on their shape
My favourite number is 9 and multiples of but only if they are odd. Talking of odd, perhaps because I hail from the land of druids, I have an inbred code of superstition which is possibly why I always salute a solitary magpie, love the number 27 and have respect for letters of a certain morphology
On my recent return to Athens, I had been so busy that I hadn,t booked my seat and because of this, I had been allocated 25 B. Hmmm, I pondered ( rhymes with yonder, a great druid word) 25 is a decent, odd number but B!!! B for big and boring, too fat, not an elegant letter AND I,d be stuck in the middle, between two other passengers, plus I was hungry! How was I going to eat my sandwiches privately, without burdening A and C with the annoying sound of peeling back paper and then chewing? I hoped C would not be one of those annoying people with a weak bladder and restless legs. Anyway, A turned out to be A for Alpha male, sophisticated and angular, a great letter, classically mathematical, some symmetry. He tap-tapped on his laptop from London to Athens. Annoyingly, I couldn't fathom what he was working on...lots of graphs and numbers and despite putting on my reading glasses, I still couldn.t work out what his job was, perhaps an economist or a fund manager! I suppose I could have struck up a conversation but I don,t particularly like talking to people when I travel as I am worried they won't shut up when I want to sleep.Women in particular have a habit of sharing the most personal information en flight that in the past, I have ended up fulfilling the role of pseudo therapist.
To my right was seat C. C for cute and cuddly was just that, a young exhausted mother who occupied the window seat,an ideal co passenger with a strong bladder who was on her way to stay for 2 days with a relative in Athens, a birthday treat, a break from the children. I offered her my glossy magazines.
Twenty minutes into the journey, Alpha male started to eat the remants of a muffin. i took this as an opportunity to start my sandwiches. Quite slick, the seal peeled back silently and the roar of the engines drowned the sound of my chewing. I pulled up the top of the water bottle and squirted some water into my mouth just as we hit turbulence, the action of which diverted water into my trachea. Wanting to appear cool and sophisticated, I tried hard to play down the need to cough but it wasn't to be controlled and instead, the cough came out in high pitched paroxysms which created its own form of turbulent activity. A and C bounced sharply beside me with each fit of coughing.
I then decided to unwind the ear phones looped around my i- pad so that I could listen to some music...yes, an i-pad! Look A, look C, I have an i-pad. i really am cool!.....except that I'm not, because as I selected a tune, Jake Bugg's voice resounded rather loudly and I couldn't find which side the volume button was on, then I remembered to push the ear phones' connection firmly into the little hole at the top where ear phones plug in. A and C politely tolerated me...........,,B...for Barmy, B for Bothersome B for Bloody annoying !

It was hot and balmy in Athens and too late to take the boat to Aegina, so I made my way to Hotel Anita where my beloved daughter was waiting in a delightfully air conditioned room. Hungry and thirsty, we made our way to 'Taka- Taka, our favourite souvlaki haunt. It was completely full, so the owner unfolded two stackable chairs for us to sit on until a table was
free. The chicken kalamakia were deliciously fresh and tender and went well with the astringent coolness of the local salad. The time being a little after 10pm, we decided, once we'd finished our food to walk down to the limani, along the base of Kastella. At midnight, we were sat at a cafe enjoying a Home made ice cream, just watching the lights twinkle on the sea whilst chatting about things in general. A special moment, I wanted to crystallize it and stick it in my pocket but hopefully it will remain filed under M in my memory, M for Memorable Moments, quite a comforting letter, M.
 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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