Short stories

Greece

Sweet dreams

Dreaming about Greece this summer.

May my greams come true.

Looking for a job since december.

No job in Paris for me this winter.

Maybe tomorrow? Hope for tomorrow.

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Euboia, Greece, nature

Archampoli

This name of the place in South-Eastern Evia is translated as the “ancient city”. There is no city, and even no village, only some remnants of the old mines and the polis that existed long ago. And a church. It takes about two hours by car (50 km) from Karystos to the tiny village Thymi, composed of around five houses. You have to leave your car on the ground road just above the village, and to walk down taking more water with you because this part of the island is wild, dry and waterless. Do not even dream about taverna or something like that – you will find neither a place to eat nor a shop. This land is completely abandonned, and that’s what attracts me so much in it.

It seems that the houses in Thymi look and are built exactly according to the ancient houses’ model. This is a small bit of the Classical period lost in time. There is a marked path from Thymi. There’s nothing difficult in following it, going towards the rocks over the sea. However, when you go above the rough dynamic sea, beware of the wind. It is really strong. And if you’re not gone with the wind, your sleeping pad has all chances to fly far and deep.

It takes one hour to get to Archampoli.

There’s a beach, and there’s no one on the beach.

Only the wind. And the deeply excited Aegean, ανακατεμένη η θάλασσα, and you rock on the waves and cry and laugh in purely childish joy.

You spend the night amidst the elements, and wake up with the sunrise, and realise once again that you’re a small human creature in a postcard that became a real reality.

food

Habits have to be changed

You are what you eat

Since December 17, 2018, I’ve enjoyed liberty from my everyday work at Mavrommatis, liberty from the Greeks-in-Paris, liberty from my gastronomic passion I satisfied every day at Mavrommatis – Chypriote vegetarian sandwich.

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half self-made sandwich

Now I’ve got so much spare time (temporarilly, because I am looking for another job), and it’s a great pleasure. THIS is really, divinely Greek: NOT to work (work is the slaves’ and merchants’ business only). Well, while I’m a perfect Greek noble woman having nothing to do but enjoy her leisure, I think to seriously change my nutritional habits. The daily 75% of herbs and fresh vegetables.

Here’s the second day of my serious intentions:

P.S. Sorry. The ingredients are as follows: spinach, persil, mint, coriander (70%), 1/5 avocado, 1 red pepper, ginger, 1/5 lime, salt, water

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Greek yogurt

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Do you still buy yogurts and other milk products in the supermarkets?

I am not a food designer, but hope this pic will attract and persuade you.

This is local yaourti made of sheep milk. We buy it at one kafenio in K., in Evia. It is different from the one made in Evia, Gimno, and sold in the supermarkets and small pantopoleia. 

It is more tasty, more fat, more liquid, with a slight flavor of cinnamon. I would only eat the scum of it… A little bit more expensive: 5 euros for 1 kilo.

One kilo for two persons is almost nothing, because we finish it the next day. Find the same yogurt on your island and enjoy it!

Non classé

Some thoughts far from Greece

Never stop: dream, work, take a rest, play with kids, meet friends, stay alone, travel, keep going. I came back to my home country for a few weeks. I have not seen the sun for two weeks already, and Kyiv is so dark, and the days are so short. My dear little friend Leo, 5 years old, asks me after his siesta, if it is already night or just evening…

When I am alone here, this dull sentiment of sorrow comes so close. These moments I think Paris is the best place to escape the so called negative emotions, because you work all the time, and there’s no leisure. Kyiv is wonderful because you see here people dear to you. Greece is different: your doing nothing is full of sun, you are different emotionally and physically, you stay with nature, in the real, your attention in turned into the real, instead of the continuous escapades from it into the digital.