It’s been almost two months since I last posted and I missed this blog and the blogging world a lot! The initial plan (you know, the one that always go awry and we need plan B and C) was to keep posting from Greece. I do have a lot of spoilers to show you today (like the top photo of a sunset at the beach) and a small explanation on what kept me from blogging for that long.
I got sidetracked from posting (even deterred at the beginning) because of the news. How shocked I was, seeing and discussing the difficulties people experience on this side of the world. Not only the Greek people but the refugees as well.
There I was, ready to blog about beautiful balconies and majestic seas, flea markets and ancient sites, having just beauty and smiles in my mind.
One can’t help but being overwhelmed, by the sadness many locals expressed for their financial worries and by the sheer tragedy of war-fleeing refugees. It is crashing to hear on the news, every other day, that yet another child lost its life trying to reach a safer land. How could I write about beauty with all the ugly that I was seeing on the news? I simply felt embarrassed writing about decoration plans and beautiful sites.
I noticed how many people were forming informal small groups, organisations and teams in order to help other people.
And I started seeing beauty again.
There is the beauty of Greek families (hit by the ongoing crisis themselves) that steadily cook and take food to hungry refugees. There is beauty in the too-many-to-count volunteers that opened free clinics, free pharmacies and free kitchens.
There is beauty in the migrated Greeks that send medical equipment to the free clinics and beauty in the tourists that come with luggage full of medicine to donate to the free pharmacies (for the record, most recently it was Germans).
All this effort, which mostly comes from private people, mainly assists the immigrants (whether refugees or illegal ones) and to a lesser degree, the ones from the local population that due to unemployment have lost their benefits. This is not a political thesis, it is how I have understood the situation. I might be naive or clueless but nevertheless, it makes me warm inside, to see private people (from several countries) trying so hard to help others. And I have this deep need to seek and focus on “the nice” in every situation and person.
And so, I did my own little contribution, learned lessons from the generosity of other people and started noticing the beauty again. (I wonder how many times I used the word “beauty” in this post…).
All of the photographs in this post, have a story to tell and are spoilers of the posts that will follow.
Some of them are completely off season I guess, like the beaches and the fun we had there
but, I hope, you’ll still enjoy them!
ps. Oh, we also did some cooking (in an old marble sink that I will show you how it holds after 50 years in another post):
PS. The top photo is a spoiler for My happiest day as a mom!
The 3rd photo from top is from visiting a Greek farmer’s market.
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