Agathonisi Continued …

7-6-2016—Agathonisi, Greece

Another quiet day in something approaching paradise. Hiked down the coast only about half a kilometer and found a nice little beach, “Cave Beach” (there’s a little cave behind it). Great little swimming hole, calm, sandy bottom, hardly anyone there even though it’s close to the main settlement. I spent the morning and early afternoon there, swimming, sunning, reading … and trying remember my name, amongst other unimportant stuff. Went and had a frappe after that. Then I went back to my room and read some more, took a nap, and now I’m having a pre-dinner drink, an ouzo, at a tiny café maybe fifty steps from where I’m staying. Big decision now—where to eat. I only have an hour or so to come to a conclusion. How will I ever handle the “real world” again? Shit, how will I handle the hustle and bustle of 700-souls strong Lispsi? Maybe I should head to the island of Arki instead (it’s nearby). I think its population is something like 60. You’ve gone thru a attitude change when 700 is teaming …

While I’m on the subject of destinations … I’ve decided to give Athens a miss this trip. This run has been designed to be an islands romp. Heading into to big crazy Athens would just threw off the basic vibe of what I’m trying to do here. Also, I’ve decided I don’t just want to rush thru Athens. There’s a whole bunch I want of see there—it’s almost a trip in itself. For awhile now I’ve had the idea of doing a winter trip to both Athens and Rome, an indoor trip, museums, etc. The prices are cheap then, for everything airfares, hotels, etc. Plus, there won’t be any crowds. Yet another cool thing about teaching college—Winter Break.

Skipping Athens works well in another way. I’m realizing the urban part of my trip is already going to be fairly substantial, in that over the last several days I will be spending time in three Cretan cities: Iraklio, Rethymno, and Chania—any more would probably be overkill. It also gives me a few more days to wind my way thru the islands. So the only specific goal I have now it to be on a plane from Kalymnos to Iraklio by no later than the morning of the 16th. How this happens doesn’t matter too much …

 

Notes:

I’m at the moment (literally) making an attempt to like ouzo. I love the raki down in Crete (a bit like grappa, but … good). Ouzo, though, has never worked too well for me. It’s way too sweet for my taste. I might like it more as a winter drink, but for summer it just isn’t refreshing enough. I got to do it, though. Disliking ouzo makes you few friends here; it almost makes you a bad person …

Something on this island is setting off my allergies. I’ve been sneezing my butt off the last couple days (he says, while his wiping off the iPad screen).

The mosquitos on this island are pretty gnarly; they’re biting the hell out of me. Big welts too, not like those left by ordinary mosquitos. Japanese filmmakers have missed out on these guys. Godzilla, Mothra, MOSQUITOR!