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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING


 

LIVING                                                                            OCTOBER 2016
  

NEW BEGINNINGS

 

Apologies to all loyal readers for not delivering the goods recently but the writing was supposed to have been penned by child number 3 during her pre university three month long summer holiday; a child to me but a young woman to everyone else who has a wealth of experiences to share and a gift for writing down her accounts in an amusing manner.

Still unfinished and stored on her laptop, she is now ensconced at university with an overwhelming number of essays to write on classical history and has no time to think of finishing her LIVING article.....so, it is back to me folks and we will have to shelve the idea of becoming the female counterparts of the Humphrys dynasty. (John and Christopher Humphrys.. Blue skies and Black Olives)

So just before the summer holidays, we flew back to Greece together. Having planned to spend an evening at Hotel Anita in Piraeus; the outward flight had been delayed, so any hope of eating at our favourite local taverna was dashed; and as we both consider it unfair to pitch up near midnight on a Monday evening and expect to be served freshly cooked souvlakia, we decided to have some delivered.

Kyrios Yiannis greeted us at the hotel and once we had settled into our room, we gave in to the hunger pangs and returned to reception to ask him to kindly phone an order.

Taka Taka, our faithful local taverna was to deliver 4 chicken kebabs and a salad (no carbs).

“Could we have a bottle of water please K'os Iannis”? asked my daughter. He reluctantly pulled himself up from his seat and slowly but deliberately, went up a few steps to the kitchen, huffing indignantly as he walked. He returned with a large bottle of chilled water. We thanked him and mentioned we would eat outside at one of the wooden tables and wait there for our souvlakia. Soon after, a dispatch driver arrived with our aromatic wrapped chicken cubes, hot and steamy, the salad of sweet tomatoes, sliced onions and olives cold and crisp in a plastic container. We needed drinking glasses though...so. back to Kyrios Yiannis, we asked if we could have a couple. “Heh girls, he moaned, do you think I am a gymnast? I am 60, years old, not twenty”. He looked at number 3. “You know where they are kept in the kitchen, don't you? just go up those steps and left into the kitchen, you will see lots of cupboards.  Open the second one on the right where you will see lots of glasses...take whatever you want! there’s a good girl”

Child number 3 returned clutching two glasses, a wide grin on her face, glad to be back in Greece.

We strolled around Piraeus after eating our delightfully cheap yet nutritious meal. By then it was well after midnight yet the streets felt quiet but safe, no threatening drunks, just a few murmurs of conversation emanating from balconies and the click clack of suitcase wheels, the late arrivers seeking out their hotels. As we returned to our hotel, we saw that the tables outside were occupied by such late arrivers who on seeing us earlier must have realised what a great idea it was to eat outside in the warm evening air.”you see Kyrios Yiannis…we have our uses”, we joked, “we have started a new trend!”. He raised his eyes to the ceiling and bade us goodnight.

I travelled to Aegina alone the next day as number 3 had friends to catch up with in Athens and I had a home, an office and a husband to sort out.

Mr. L, as usual waited at the port for me and as I was getting off the ferry, I observed a huge delivery lorry reversing off and it was heading starighttowards him...he who was intent only on successfully meeting me was oblivious to the fact that he was about to be crushed, an accident in the making and I yelled at him to get out of the way, to ‘move, MOVE, MOVE. MOVE”!!!! A port employee took over and pulled him away. .”You have already started, moaned Mr. L...not off the boat and you are nagging at me”!!

“You do NOT realise what you have just escaped from! I shouted. You should be grateful”!!

But despite his ingratitude, his disgruntled dissatisfaction with life, his rudeness and brutal honesty, I was actually quite pleased to see him and I have to admit that now that number 3 is settled and is well on her chosen path, I have started to reflect on my own choices. I realise that the UK, like Greece, has an uncertain future and I have grown tired of the monthly flights, the constant motion. My miserable husband needs me at his side, we have 3 terrific kids who love to holiday in Aegina and you know what? I want to be here when they visit!

I am lucky to have feet in both counties!




Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2016

 

 

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