Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
She's one lucky duck to get to backpack from Venice to Rome and all-over in between for the next couple weeks. Zhaina said she wanted to go to Italy too, but I had to break the news to her that we weren't invited. Then she said that we should go ask Papu for some more money to buy some tickets. A pretty advanced thought for a 3 year-old I think, but still I had to tell her no, Melissa gets to do this alone.
And then just before Melissa left I asked her one thing; to bring us back a present (nothing crappy) wrapped in 50 Euro bills. That should make up for us missing Italy.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We spent the day playing in the sand, eating snacks on the beach, honing my Racketta skills (I'm improving exponentially I must say), and enjoying the waves of the sea. Oh and of course we took out ample time for photo ops.
But my all-time-most-favoritest part of the day was on the trip back to Pythagorio when the Captain of the boat announced that we'd be anchoring in an alcove to go swimming! After a brief hesitation I stripped down to my bandeau bikini, handed Zhaina off to Chelsey, climbed up on the boat railing and dove in!!! I was the only female on the boat to dive from where the men were diving and Zhaina couldn't have been more proud. I surfaced the water to hear her clapping on the boat and yelling "Bravo MaMa!!!"
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
By Beast, that is the Mercedes; diesel style.
At the last minute before I left the States I stopped by AAA and got myself an International Drivers License. I wasn't sure I'd use it, I've had this license in the past, but I thought to myself, "just in case." Well for a last minute thought it has turned out to be a Godsend. Me and my license have got us all over this Island this summer. Okay, it may not be glamorous, and sure the windows don't roll down (and for sure there is no air) and it weighs about a million tons, but it's free and it goes. Most Greeks (and some Americans even) cannot believe I know how to drive a diesel stick, and I secretly revel in the shock on their faces as I drive on.
Now that I think of it, it IS getting to feel more and more like home here every year afterall.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
For an avid reader of mine I will share one of my best. And as a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur I can guarantee this coffee is my best.
This recipe calls for an esspresso machine so if you don't have one, run out now and get yourself one, you need one, I promise you'll love it. (but if you're in a bind try using instant coffee but I cannot promise it will be as delicious).
1 or 2 shots of esspresso (depending on the pick-me-up neccessary)
1 1/2 t sugar (for medium sweetness)
1 ice cube
fresh milk (as opossed to condensed milk, which is the coffee milk of choice in Greece)
oh shoot, I forgot to mention, you'll also need a hand mixer, so while you're at Target pick up one of those too.
collect your esspresso shot(s), sugar and ice cube in a glass, froth with hand mixer, add milk to the brim of the glass, insert bendy straw and sip away!!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It all started with a big celebration in Pythagorio last week when the archbishop came from Athens to give a speech (which was strangely followed by fireworks and a concert the next night). We had mini-donuts and and cotton candy, and even a parade. I'm not sure exactly what we were celebrating, but it sure was fun! Look and see how much fun Zhaina had! Okay, so maybe she wasn't such a fan of the fireworks, but we sure thought they were spectacular!
Then this past weekend we were so lucky to get to go to a rock festival in Ireon. The Stranglers were playing and we shook our groove thing all night with only a break to buy a T-shirt Melissa had been eyeing up all week (photo with Melissa wearing T-shirt inserted here, via imagination). We met up with Dad after the concert and reminisced about the old days at the Cove where they played only good music but all the girls were ugly. Okay, maybe only he reminisced and we just listened, he always has been a good storyteller. Wish you coulda been there too!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Seeing the Light
*see "I got a pocket, got a pocket full of Sunshine"