“If this was a dream, it would be epic” – Emilio. Meteora

“If this was a dream it would be epic – but it’s in real life” Emilio


Meteora – cliff top monasteries in Central Greece.










The rocks were wonderful, with epic views on the way as well as from the monasteries. I felt really confident on these rocks, more than I do on some rocks and there was so much space around. It was good to have a long morning walk, then get into the car and rest. We had a well deserved icecream at the end.
By Tobes


imageThe rocks that we went on today were very spectacular. I was ahead and when I was waiting for the others, I was climbing the rocks. To get to one of the monasteries we climbed up one hundred and twenty five steps. After the best walk I was sad to get into the car because walking was so lovely. Walking long distances makes me wild with energy.


imageWhen we were in the car we stopped somewhere for photos and Toby and I hid under a small rock overhang and got Zoi and Emilio to ask mum ‘Where are Toby and Kalika?’ She found us. After that we had an ice-cream – I had a cookies and cream magnum. Then we went to a cafe and mummy and baba had a coffee. We saw two rock climbers on a big surfboard shaped rock I said ‘ that it looked like two tiny ants on a huge surfboard’. imageAfter that we played in the park. And now we are driving back to the village. Bye bye.

By Kalika




imageHello this is Emilio, on these rocks we were having an epic time. We went inside a rock with stairs. We went to a monastery and then we went back down to our car. We went back down to the town got our car and drove up a rock. We were stopping at lookouts and climbing rocks. Then we got an icecream. Then we went to place for mum and dad to have a coffee and a treat. They shared it and we shared our icecream. imageWe saw climbers on a big surfboard shaped rock a long way away. It looked like there was a big surfboard and a tiny guy surfing. We found a park and played. Then a boy came over to ask if we wanted to played soccer. Toby played with him. But the ball went a long way down the road. So then I got hurt and so did Zoi and then the Greek boy walked back up with the ball and Toby said ‘preppi na figo’ – ‘I need to go’. We got in the car, we’re still in it, it’s a long drive.
By Emilio

imageIt was so nice to get out on the road again in a more independent way. Christos and I always remark on how good it feels to be ‘getting out’.
imageWe have come to a place called Meteora. It is an area of cliff top monasteries and nunneries about 3 hours drive from the family village in northern Greece. There are six main monasteries on the map with hundreds of crosses, worshipping places and the like in hidden crevices, all accessible by car but also walkable for a much more inspiring experience.

imageIf you look at the map Christos has copied, we stayed at Kalambaka in an awesome little place.



It was the best shower I’ve had since being away and I would’ve taken photos of it to mark this memorable occassion if all the tempting bits worked: like the shower head didn’t work nor the holder for the handheld shower head. But most importantly the water was hot, with good pressure, the whole bathroom didn’t get wet in the process, it wasn’t freezing getting out and the hot water didn’t run out! Wow I didn’t realise how much showers mean to me. Needless to say neither the shower in the village or our home in Crete can offer the pleasures of that shower on April 21!
Anyway, I was writing about our ‘ekdromi’ excursion wasn’t I?

image image Amazing rocks. Composite in nature and Toby swears sedimentary also. Although we haven’t read about their formation the lady in the coffee shop said they were once at sea level and that as the sea withdrew at the end of the Ice Age, the softer rock has slowly been eroded and washed away. The path ways too and from each monastery are worth long pondering and marvelling minutes. The intricacies of rock work and use of wood create an inspiring aesthetic. Christos and I took many photos- the dreams we have of evolving more creative space outside in our Whitfield home are cumulating.
We don’t know much about the cultural or religious history here sorry, but I did ponder the sacredness of places in different cultures, we discussed Ayers Rock and it’s size, what is sacred and how different people/cultures/beliefs mark sacredness. We also discussed prioritising and ‘timing’ for jobs and things we want to do when we get back home!
imageIt is not unusual that churches and monasteries have prime real estate. The views were impeccable, as for location however I don’t think they would fetch a good price due to commuter difficulties.

Hmmm where was I ?
We left the village which has been cold to the point of quite heavy snow a week ago, to being too hot for blankets as we fell asleep last night.


The rocks behind our colourful ’50’s meets antique Chinese meets rustic with fantastic bright feature walls and dark chunky wood’ guesthouse were stunning and inspiring ( how many colourful walls veto the concept of a ‘feature’ wall- every wall including the chimney were brightly painted – it had a fabulous feel with coloured glass lights and groovy tidbits all over the place).
imageBack to our little jaunt; great to get sweaty and feel calf muscles under strain. Also nice to still feel relatively fit. As I think back to our early walks in Oz, sometimes there were complaints at the thought of a few hours walk (admittedly it was hot), comments were made by friends saying ‘goodluck on hikes’ about certain kids… now I am happy to report that the whole Miliking team are excited about getting out bush, it is a guaranteed hit. ‘Epic!’, and ‘I feel alive on rocks’ are the most common response now. It is so nice to hear, Christos and I love a wander and a bit of hard walking for that exhilaration of getting immersed and ironically ‘stopping’ in a way – and sharing this passion with the kids fills our souls.
So the walk for the day over, there is not as much sleeping in the car as I would have imagined. There are not a lot of opportunities to get out of the village or our town in Crete, hiring a car is a luxury, but we relish every moment.
I hope you too are relishing your every moment today.

By Mama Miliking


I can’t believe it snowed for Easter!

imageWe’re are at our village now and on Wednesday it snowed. It was my favourite day in the village ever. I didn’t believe that it would snow because it was Spring and it didn’t even snow here when we came in the winter.




imageWe made snow balls and threw them at each other. We collected snow in plastic bags to show Toby. That’s because Toby was at a place called Patras on excursion with his soccer team and hadn’t arrived yet.

image Zoi and I started to make a snowman. We made the first ball but when we had finished the first ball we made a pot full of dirt and put a stick with flowers in it. Emilio threw the dirt on the snowman. It was annoying. We wore plastic bags on our feet and hands cause we didn’t have thick socks or gloves.
By Kikibelle

imageIt was exciting in the morning when we woke up and it was snowing. We were sliding on the road cause there was too much snow and was slippery so we were kind of skiing – lucky we did have gum boots to wear that aunty Seve gave us.

imageWhen we were in the boots all of our feet were getting cold. Then we put more socks on and it was still cold. Then we put plastic bags on our feet. When Yasi was playing in the snow she fell over.
By Zoi





imageThe kids would go out for 10 minutes and get cold and wet then come back in to take off socks and dry everything then they would go out again and this cycle happened again and again.


imageWe were slightly underprepared for snow! It was beautiful to see the muddy chook pen and entrance to the house enveloped in fresh snow. Makes everything look clean and fresh.
Yiayia was like a little kid – she was so excited by the snow.

By Sandy

imageI made tiny sleigh models in the snow and was outside for a play for ages. Then I got back in and got into warm stuff then I went out again. Kalika and Zoi did the same and followed me. Then we went down to Uncle Mihali’s and had a play there to see how much snow they had in their yard.



imageWe played throwing snow balls and playing chasey and lots of fun stuff as well. I was warm at night time because a tiny bit of snow melted and I was wearing my Spider-man onesie which is really warm. I wasn’t cold. All I heard was the rooster in the morning probably cause he didn’t like the snow. And there were lost of dog noises. They are loud and woof a lot.
By Moochie

imageThe snow was so cold and not that thick but it was still fun. We hadn’t seen snow for ages and it was the first time in the village that we saw snow. I dressed the tree in the snow – I covered the tree in ice and then put some clothes on it made from the icecause I thought it may feel a bit cold and naked. We had lots of snow fights and got very wet and cold. Every twenty minutes we had to go inside and get changed and be dry again. Everything around, including the mountains were covered in snow. That day we were going to go over the hills on a picnic adventure to see some countryside but couldn’t because there was snow everywhere.
By Yasi


imageAfter my Patra soccer trip, baba picked me up and we caught a train back to Florina. When we were getting close it was dark and I thought I saw lots of sand on the side of the tracks – it looked really weird but then we realised it was snow. It was pretty exciting. The next day when we woke up there was still lots of snow around but not as much as the day before. I was a bit sorry I missed it – especially all the snow covering the road.

By Tobes


image imageThis year was very strange for our village as it only snowed about 3 times and didn’t stick around for very long. When I was growing up and indeed the few times I visited in the winter there was lots and lots of snow – I remember having to shovel a small path to get to church on Christmas Day back in 1986. Anyway, Sandy and the kids were pretty keen to see the village in snow ought sadly on our post New Year visit this year there wasn’t any snow at all. Careful what you wish for – we got snow at Easter. Hope you’ve had a lovely Easter.






Moochie and Kiki’s pre-Easter fun

George, Manosari, Manoli, Manos, Nikola, Dimitri, Angli, and Georgios are all my friends at school.


This is me and Toby and our friend Alex - we went to the Luna Park together and Alex had a sleep over

This is me and Toby and our friend Alex – we went to the Luna Park together and Alex had a sleep over

School was really fun when our teacher was making the red eggs. Zoi’s teacher ripped the old shopping bags and tied the string which she put some plastic bags around. The teachers were making lots of stuff that we helped decorate.
We were playing and eating and making stuff. We did that for lots of days before Easter. We had fun and went out to play. There was exciting stuff because it was raining at school – we could play with so many things.

Sometimes my baba carries me home from school on his shoulders if Zoi doesn't ask him first!

Sometimes my baba carries me home from school on his shoulders if Zoi doesn’t ask him first!

They bulldozed our beach

They bulldozed our beach

By Moocha

















I love playing games when the little kids don't knock them down

I love playing games when the little kids don’t knock them down

We made Easter cards at school and lots of working. We get so much homework. We get lots of maths and sometimes we get homework where you have to learn how to write something for the next day’s warm up.
Also sometimes we get something that we have to write in our book. Like a story about birthdays and lots of other topics. At Greek school there are five sessions and four breaks for 10-15 mins each. The first two sessions we always have two different subjects. The others we have only one subject. Mum says it’s like high school cause we have to move around classrooms – but if we are doing a subject with some of our teachers it is in our normal room. For example I have English in my classroom and ‘friendly exercises’. Friendly exercises are when we read books, draw pictures and colour-in pictures.

This is Isabella and me at our favourite ice-cream cafe - cousin Cara sent us some money to go there and have a treat

This is Isabella and me at our favourite ice-cream cafe – cousin Cara sent us some money to go there and have a treat

At play time I sit and eat things from my lunchbox and sometimes I talk to my friend Isabella.
Almost every weekend we see Isabella and her brother Alex and we play on the beach outside our apartment. Sometimes Manolis also comes to play especially when his mum is at my baba’s Bowen Therapy class. This weekend we caught 13 little fish at our beach. Manolis caught the most. I didn’t catch many fish – once when I caught one I didn’t see it in the bucket and I tipped it out by mistake. Alex told me that I tipped it out. When the others caught their fish I had to catch them in the buckets so the water didn’t overflow in the bucket. They were really hard to match. At the moment we are driving to the airport to go on a plane to our village for Easter. Manolis is going with his mum and dad to Ireland for Easter because his mum Dara is from Ireland.

My Yiayia has come to visit us from Australia

My Yiayia has come to visit us from Australia

We are now on our way to our village for Easter and I hear it might snow

By Kiki





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When I first heard about this soccer trip I didn’t want to go and was very nervous about it. About a month before the trip my dad got me whipped up excited about it. Then I didn’t think about it till a week before and I got nervous and started regretting that I was going to go. I’m so glad I did. It was just really fun, the hotel was good, the helpers were very friendly, the coach was nice, it was fun to hang out with the boys and it really helped my Greek language.

I kept a diary while on the trip and here it is. I also wrote a little bit in Greek and I will put that in at the end for those of you who can read Greek, or whoever dares to try.






So…. We spent a night on the boat, and we didn’t have dinner until 9:30pm. For dinner I had bolognese. We didn’t all finish until 10:30pm then our coach told us to get some snacks to have for the ride to Patra. So we did and by the time everyone had got in to their PJ’s and had got something for the bus ride it was 11:00pm when we started to get into bed. I was in a nice small room with two bunks – I was on one of the top beds. I went to sleep at 11:30pm. (my latest night since 2010). My friends in my room had alarms on from 6:00am-6:30am, so guess what time I got up??!
We got to the bus at 7:00am and their was another team going to the same hotel! So went together. There was a rest stop after 1 hour where we stopped and there was one of those machines where there were soccer balls that you have to get with a small crane. There was at least 10€ used by all the kids in that machine, plus at least 5€ of food for each kid. It took another 2-3 hours to get to Patra. The hotel that we’re staying at is called ‘ASTIR Hotel’. We found out who we were going to share a room with, I got put with a boy that is good soccer player, he’s from the 2004 group – that means the kids are born in 2004. I thought that I was put with him because his mum was with him, and she was the only one out of four adults that spoke good English. However I tried to speak manly in Greek.
We saw our rooms at about 11:30am and lunch was at 1:00pm so we chilled out. For lunch we had rice with chicken hidden in the rice and gravy. So what happened next??? We had to wait until 8:00pm for our dinner. Some people went to the super market to get some things for us for tomorrow. For dinner we had spaghetti bolognese again. So now it is 9:20 pm and time to go to bed. Good Night.



Since we had to go to breakfast at 7am most people were up at 6:30am. I was in a rush so for breakfast I had bread with some kind of chocolate sauce and salami. We then went to the football ground at 7:30am. The bus that we took to get to the football field was a double decker. First up was the 2004 class against a 2003 class!!! I played with the 2004 class and we lost 0-4 after the 2004 class played the 2003 class played we lost again 2-3. I was glad that I didn’t play in our 2003 class because they didn’t play well, our coach was angry and they played against a good team. We went back on the same bus as before with another team which I think was from Heraklion. On the bus it started to spit?! The pitch that we played on was a very good one.
For lunch we had pastichio, (but not as good as my yiayia’s) they give you like a whole plate full of food so I’m getting fed well! We had another two games at 4:00pm and we WON BOTH!!! The 2003 team came from 0-1 after half time and won 2-1!!! The 2004 team also won 1-0. I played in the 2004 team and got a few touches. At 6:00pm we got back and at 8:00pm we had to be at dinner. For dinner we had chicken and potatoes. It’s 9pm now and we have to be up by 6:30am. Good night.



Another 6:30am wake up call! I noticed today that when we go for breakfast the sun has not even risen yet!
For breakfast today I had some kind of a chocolate cake and a croissant with chocolate sauce. After breakfast we waited for about half an hour for the bus that would take us to soccer field. Today I played with the 2004 group again and I was put in my favourite spot – Right hand side – the 2003 group were really impressed with a run that I did.

imageI got the ball at about half way and dribbled it all the way close to the goal line. On the way two people tried to get the ball off me and they stopped the ball but I kicked the ball through their legs and continued my run. I also did a scissor kick from a corner but it did not go in. Today both teams won, the 2004 team won 4-2 and the 2003 team won 1-0. On the way back their were four teams on the bus including our two teams. Both teams are going well, the 2003 team were third before the match today and they have another game in the afternoon and the 2004 team were second before the match today! For lunch we had pasta carbonara. At 3:00pm the 2003 team played and the 2004 team went along too but we did not play. They won 3-0, and there were some good goals. After we waited for the bus for half an hour it came at 6:00pm. We got back to the hotel at 6:30pm and went to get the keys which we left in the reception. I left the key when my room mates were out and they came to get the key while I was gone. When I got back one of them was there but the other wasn’t and the one that wasn’t there had the key! So everyone but me and one or two other kids had a bath before dinner. For dinner today we had rice with beef. Well, I better say goodnight.


I started off the day by waking up and being ready by 6:45am and we were going to breakfast at 7:45am! I got the wrong and thought that my coach said that we have a game at 7:45am. Today we played for first place and we won! But for some reason we got put in the third place. Not sure how that worked out. So after that we hang around for a bit and at 10:30am we got the news that at noon the 2003 group was to play the 2004 group and guess what happened next?! The 2004 group cracked it because they knew that we were a good team. We played games until the match started. I got put with the 2003 group and we won 6-1! We finished at 1:00pm to find the final of all the 2003 teams ended with a draw – and guess what they were doing – penalties! ΣΥΕΛΛΑ won the penalties and there was another game doing penalties! That game was played by about 15-18 year old kids and guess who won – ΣΥΕΛΛΑ again, and after the last penalty all the teams of ΣΥΕΛΛΑ and a few fans all ran out on to the field to celebrate the win.
After we had to wait for at least half an hour until the medal presentation. All the players from my team got a medal and the team got a trophy and all this just for both teams coming third! After the medal presentation there were lots of photos. Even my coach got every kid for our team to get a photo with one by one the kid holding the trophy and we had our medals on. By the time the bus came it was 2:45pm we got back to the hotel at 3:00pm. We all went up to get our bags ready and to maybe have a shower. We went to our doors to find that they wouldn’t open because we had stayed longer at the hotel than expected and the key had expired. Then the cleaner came and opened all the doors so we went in got our bags ready and had a shower. We went down to the bus, but about a quarter of the bus was full and we were 30 all together so some of us had to squash up! We are now on the bus about half way through the trip to Athens. We did not have lunch so our coach gave us bananas and sandwiches. We had a break for about an hour away from Athens and I didn’t get anything but I was given a doughnut. When we were on the bus again the man sitting next to me gave me some of the dark chocolate in blue wrapping that Baba often buys. Then my team started singing the bus down. It was very loud but also fun to hear all the songs they knew. It was nervous but it was lots of fun.

By Tobes




Σήμερα είμαι στην Πάτρα με την παρέα μου. Χθες πήγαμε στο κρεβάτι μας στις 11:30μμ.


Σήμερα έπαιξα με τα παιδιά του 2004. (Αλλά είμαι στη ομάδα με τα παιδιά του 2003). Τα παιδιά του 2004 και 2003 έχασαν όλα 0-4 και 2-3. Στις 4:00μμ έπαιξα πάλι το απόγευμα και στις δύο ομάδες. Κέρδισαμε 1-0 και 2-1.


Παίξαμε ξανά σήμερα πάλι και οι δύο ομάδες κέρδισαν 4-2 και 1-0. Η ομάδα του 2003 έπαιξε και πάλι το απόγευμα και κέρδισαν 3-0.


Παίξαμε ξανά σήμερα και κέρδισαμε ξανά 4-1. Μετά έπαιξα με τους μικρούς και κέρδισαμε 6-1.

Από τον Τόμπη


I was really excited about meeting baba at the port in Athens. One of my friends spotted my baba first and then all the team kept yelling – ‘There’s your dad!’ I had a sleep in and now we are having breakfast overlooking five monuments that are at least 2000 or more years old – including the famous Parthenon. I’m excited to go back to our village for Easter. I can’t believe it’s snowing in the middle of spring when it didn’t even snow in the middle of winter when we were there. I can’t wait to see it.



Two days in my life in Agios Nikolaos

Two of the days in my life in Agios Nikolaos:



7:00: Wake up and get ready for school.
8:00: Go to school until 2pm.
2:00: Start to go home and eat lunch.
3:30: Have a Greek lesson until 4:15pm.
4:45: Start to go to athletics until 6pm.
6:30: Have dinner.
8:00: Mum starts to read to us.
8:30: We go to sleep.




7:00: Wake up and get ready for school and soccer.
8:00: Start to go to school till 2pm.
2:00: Finish school and go straight to soccer training.
4:30: Start the fifteen minute walk back home. (4:30 finish at soccer only on Fridays)
4:45: Walk to athletics.
6:00: Finish athletics.
6:30: Watch a movie with take away pizza from Apostoli down the road.
8:30: Mum reads.
9:00: Sleep time.

By Toby


Agiofarango Gorge – finally back on the rocks – where I belong!

We went to a gorge with my family but my dad didn’t come cause he was in London seeing our Uncle George.


My dad & mum’s friends from Scotland came with us to the gorge. They were Rebecca and Andy and their boys Jonathon and Sam.











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My Greek teacher Krystalenia and her boy Iannis, also came with us. The gorge was a long way.











imageWe dropped off Yiayia at a friend’s house – Antoni’s parents – Luisa and Stelio – so she could meet them.





From our home it took 3 hours. When we got there we put our bags on and started the walk. It was lots of rock scrambling and jumping over rivers and logs. Like all the gorges in Greece, it had a church. The older people, I mean the parents, were behind us kids so we waited for them at the church. I was in front of everyone cause I had been there before.










We did some rock climbing, when the adults got out some lunch, on a cool mountain of rocks. We almost got to the top but we had to come down for lunch.






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So we had lunch or sandwiches and then we climbed over two or three mountains of rocks to where the sea is and we were climbing down a cliff – it was so cool. Everyone went swimming but I didn’t cause I forgot my togs.


image imageIannis was a very good rock climber – he’s just a month or two younger than me. It was really cool how he just helped by taking some of our bags and ran down the cliff – he was very good.










imageJonathan and Sam were very helpful with helping me get the little kids down the cliff – I was holding the little kids’ hands and they were telling me which rocks they should put their feet and hands on.






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Lots of the adults were sitting in the sun on the sand near the sea – I was climbing up a cliff to a cave. It was very dark and there were lots of goat droppings everywhere. I was very amazed how the goats climbed up the mountains.














imageAt 5pm we all started going back to the cars. When we got back to the cars we decided to go to the village for an ice-cream. The ice-creams were humungous and delicious.


imageThen our Scottish friends had to drive back to their hotel to pack cause they were going to go back to Scotland in the morning. Iannis and Krystalenia came back with us to Agios Nikolaos and we had such a good sleep cause we were tired. It was a very good (and hot) day.

By Yas