WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER

As I mentioned in a previous post, this June I got my first job as a web developer. I was excited but at the same time I was scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the rest of the team. And I admit, at the beginning it was hard because I had to learn so many things, but I think I got the hang of it. I love having a daily routine. I am the kind of person that needs to plan everything (my middle name is list-maker). During this two months I didn't feel the need to take a vacation leave, so I didn't plan on going on vacation. Some weekends I would go to Chalkidiki where our country house is, and that would pretty much be it.

For the past 3 years, me and my family would travel to Ithaki, which is a Greek island of the Ionian sea. My family planned to go this summer as well, and my mum persuaded me to go with them at the last minute. And it was a great decision! I had the time of my life.

Ithaki is not one of this cosmopolitan islands like Mykonos. It is a small and quiet island. It is a blessed land! The turquoise water, the greenery, the sunset view... I cannot describe it with words. It is a destination for anyone who wants to spend their days at the beach reading a good crime novel. At least that's what I do. It's the only time of the year that you'll find me holding a book. Agatha Christie's Poirot is my favorite series to read at the beach. This year's selection was "Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly" and "The adventure of the Christmas pudding". I also spent a lot of hours paddling on the canoe (me and my sister Alexia are officially explorers) in search of caves and small private beaches accessible only by water.

The best thing though that Ithaki has to offer is its people. Hospitality is a Greek thing. I made so many friends this year, I am so grateful. I am quite the shy person, and I never was the one to have a lot of friends. But everyone there was so nice and since we were all sort of the same age, we got to hang out all day. We would meet at the beach during the day, and we would go out at night. The friends I am referring to (I won't write anyone's name down cause I don't want to forget anyone by mistake, but you know who you are if you're reading this, so dilly dilly!) are either from Australia or from the UK - that english degree got very handy I can assure you. Their grandparents were from Ithaki but they had to leave to pursue a better future. So now their grandkids are returning to the island every summer for vacation. They have a strong bond with this island. I got to tell you it feels like my home too.

On the 5th and 6th of August Ithaki throws its annual paniyiri at Stauros, where everyone gathers, they eat and drink and dance. And it is considered the peek of summer. So I ate and drank and danced until 5 am. I would stay longer if I could.

The days went by so fast that I didn't even realize it. The last day at the beach I was so sad and that was pretty weird, cause I only knew this people a few days. We are friends for life now. And next year I am sure we will all be coming back to Ithaki. It was the best summer in Ithaki ever.

I am currently in back-to-work mood. I hope summer is ending soon cause I can't take the heat in the city no longer! How was your summer so far? I hope you had fun.

See you soon,

MK