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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                             FEB 2015!!!!!!! 


TOO BUSY TO  WRITE

We had the most wonderful Christmas back in December; it couldn't really have been better. It was enjoyable because we were all together as a family, for the first time in three months and it felt richly delicious to be able to lie around chatting and eating and just being together
For us, Christmas is the time when we try to simply relax, enjoy each other and make time for our friends and family.
So here we are in February and I am finally writing about Christmas but this is because I have been savoring the memory and in addition, I just haven't had time to put thoughts to paper or to ipad. It doesn't seem a month has passed since we sat and ate the most divine spanikopitta produced by my sister in law. She brought a plate full to our house on Christmas day and I could have eaten just those rather than boring turkey. Why DO we have to eat turkey? It is so dry and uninteresting. Next year we are going to have pork and nut roast. Our Greek family love our crackers though; it is an English tradition that I strictly uphold, to have 12 gold or red crackers on Christmas day, positioned to the right of each dinner plate...and each year, our nephew's girlfriend collects up all of the trinkets that pop out from each exploding cracker and takes them home. I don't know what she does with them but she is fascinated by the whole concept of the cracker and it is great to see her scream with delight! She is incidentally over 30 years old.
We were invited to Mr. L's sister's for lunch 3 days later so that she could provide a feast for our children, a gift from her to them before they left for the UK. There are advantages to one’s children living abroad and this is one of them. She must have been cooking all day. She had made pork chops, tzatziki, salads, pastichio, kokikinisto (beef cooked in tomatoes and spices).

At one point in time, I was trying to convey a story to my brother in law and nephew. “Ella, Alison, stop talking and eat your food, it will get cold”. I was silenced and quite shocked but then I thought deeply and quietly about why they had said what they had. Was it because my Greek was painful to listen to? Have I become a middle aged eccentric babbler? Was what I was saying uninteresting? I thought and chewed and mulled and looked at them but they didn't see me because they were intently concentrated on the whole act of eating, tasting and enjoying food...and then it occurred to me that actually, they were possibly trying to be nice, that they wanted me to enjoy my food at its best whilst it was fresh and hot, that they were not being sexist or dismissive. I will ask Mr. L one day what he thinks.


On another occasion, we decided to invite some of our international friends for dinner, which for us at least was a success. It is lovely to spend time with people who all share a love of the same place, whose love of Aegina has brought them together and inevitably shapes the International community that Aegina has become.
We finally learnt how to drink vodka, Russian style. In our house, we have a steady flow of vodka, generously brought to us by our dear Russian friends; this is mainly placed in our traditional wooden Greek cupboard, situated to the left of our dining table. Nowadays, it stays there until we fancy a tipple but in the past the bottles would mysteriously disappear, whole armies of them....until that is we learnt about the social habits of our children. The vodka turned up in jellies for parties, as ice cubes alongside jugs of orange juice or it was just taken as a gift to be shared a party. Anyway, back in the summer, number 3 had bought two packs of shot glasses from IKEA, mainly for her friends but I decided that it would be a great idea to use them at our dinner party. We learnt that vodka should be placed in the freezer and something salty should be available to eat immediately after downing the vodka; well that wasn't difficult; we have numerous containers bursting with black olives!
When the vodka was sufficiently chilled, we passed around the shots. Children two and three looked on amused, watching the adults play the game that they were so well familiar with and they were amazed to see their abstinent parents finally drinking spirits.
Conversations rang in French, German and English but what is really admirable are the conversations in Greek between our French and German friends; Mr.L was suitably impressed and as the shots were thrown down our throats, the level of happiness and the sense of abandonment grew.


So here I am, courtesy of Easyjet finally with time to write. Three weeks of UK based work behind me, a tired twitch in my left eye, on my way to Mr. L and three stray cats; his new best friends and business partners. I hope that the house is clean and I am sure that he will have cooked. My life for the next few days will be a diatribe of how the new socialist government should and might work and the TV will argue loudly with Mr. L who will shout advice at the screen and as the arguments in parliament become more hysterical and heated, he will, turn up the volume so that I can hear them from the kitchen; he really is so considerate!


 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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