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Mad Aunty Dessie comes to Crete – Again! By Dessie herself

Well here we go …….

Arrived Thursday via Brisbane, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi, Athens, Heraklion then on to my other home – Agios Nikolaos.

imageOne day to rest then off to climb a mountain with the MiliKings near Chania to meet Joelle (Bowen family) and Lopez. I had never rock climbed or experienced a mountain before – it puts a new meaning to the song ‘Aint no mountain high enough’. Their was snow on the caps and I was proud of myself for conquering amazing fear of heights. What about those goats! It was like listening to a symphony of bells.


imageThen back down to Joelle’s paradise for sleep over, amazing Cretan food and a sing song with Lopez. Donkey riding with the kids and a fab yurt the Milis slept in. I slept in the resident caravan with Joelle & Seleni (that’s the dog) – funny! Thanks Joelle for a great experience.

 

 

 


imageOn the way home a lunch stop at the famous Store 311 cafe in Rethymno – home town of beautiful Bowen buddy Antonis Xiroudakis part of the 3 Stooges.

 

imageBack to Agios Nikolaos for Greek cooking lessons and drinking Ouzo with Vasiliki (Christos’ Mum).

 

 

 

Thanks Vass you are beautiful, the food was great as well.

Walking the children to school each day became a highlight – never a dull moment. In fact sleeping in the kitchen suite was a hoot in itself! – especially living only with a cat in Australia.
Saying good morning 8 times over and having someone ripping into clean their teeth while sitting on throne was a hilarious event that eventually became the norm. Keeping in mind there were 9 of us in a two bedroom apartment – but that’s what you do in Greece – love it!
imageMy adventures daily revolved between school, swimming and Gymnastiki – not to mention the many coffee’s at the Irish convention – ‘Bits and Bobs’ – Valerie’s tourist shop – where we would all congregate to discuss life, passion, the universe and maybe how many wines we may have sampled. Thanks Girls – Valerie, Sandy, Dara, Nicky, Jene and Iro and of course Orion the dog. Thank you also to Iro for the beautiful healings and introduction to ‘White time healing’.

So now it’s Wednesday which is market day. Our week ritual started first with a coffee with my beautiful Christos and Sandy took us at least an hour to make a list and sample the Bougatsa (cheese and spinach pie). Then off we go with Yiayia (the name that Sandy gave to her cart) to buy the freshest fruit and veggies, cheese and olives – Yummo!

imageYasi and Toby had their birthday while I was there and we had ice cream at Dodoni – it’s unbelievable how a whole cafe can revolve around ice-cream – every kids’ dream. Definitely only for special occasions. Not to mention the delightful screaming from Yasi when she opened her One Direction DVD which I bought from Australia – knowing that she’ll be going to the concert in Paris with mum and sister Kalika.

imageToby was just as impressed with his too cool sunglasses and white T-shirt. To my amazement all these children share their clothes with love. What a beautiful teaching.

 

 

 

 

imageChristos saw my competitive side when we went to Heraklion to watch Toby play soccer. Same rules as hockey. Christos couldn’t believe how much I was into it. I’m so competitive with my sport.

imageKalika became my resident Greek teacher correcting me with all my attempts. I started off saying calamari when I meant kalimera (that is good morning).

 

 

 

 

Zoi and Emilio delighted me everyday as we still looked for those dolphins (on the way home from school) that never seemed to appear – we did see some nice fish though.
Emilio constantly hiding my toothbrush and toothpaste in the Ouzo box. Whatever else I had missing I found in the most unusual places. Thanks Emilio. And thank you to my little Zoi for her helpful hands pegging washing and also for introducing me to miniature strawberry heart ice creams from Melissa Cafe – which often interrupted her lunch but it was so much fun.

imageSandy is an amazing person who taught me how to juggle life in many creative ways. When all else seemed to be coming undone just her presence could put things together in a heartbeat. Thanks so much for the late night cuppas and wines at Tutu cafe – when Christos was working and we had to be out of the apartment. We solved the problems of the world. Girl power!

 

imageNow what about my friend Christos – thank you for bringing me back to Crete. We never made the conference but thanks for letting me co-teach your amazing class in Crete. What a fantastic opportunity to broaden my skills in another culture. The village Laconia – where we had module 7 – was an experience in itself.

Thanks to everyone for the cooking – sitting down to a late lunch feast was a great end to each day. Big shout out to Christos for teaching and inspiring some excellent Bowen Therapists to paver he way for Bowen to grow in Agios Nikolaos.

imageOur two bus trips to Ierapetra were sensational. While I so busily sat on the beach or shopped Christos saw his clients – but then we always wound up with a delicious lunch and an odd wine only to sleep all the way back to Agios Nikolaos on the bus.

imageOur Bowen meetings in Heraklion with my buddies Christos and Antonis were crazy and enlightening to say the least. Antonis taught me how to eat traditional snails – that was a first. We didn’t see much of Heraklion – we just sat and talked and ate and drank ouzo and laughed till we hurt. Unforgettable.

imageWe had an awesome day in Agios Nikolaos when Antonis came to visit us. We shared a ‘Yiayia banquet’ of fish chowder, stuffed peppers and Greek salad saturated with olives of course.

 

Lots of fun with the kids, a beautiful dinner at Gargadoros – which has the most amazing outlook and food. It was also Yiayia’s last night (after a two month stay) before leaving for Northern Greece. Miss you and miss your cooking. We can still hear the laughter and banter between Antonis and Yiayia. So fun.
imageKaraoke and pole dancing will never be forgotten – Christos was silly enough to put our name down for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and I’m sure no one will ever forget it. There were scratch marks on the ceiling from trying to reach the notes. Even the DJ said ‘I imagecan’t believe your going to try this’ – I just laughed and said ‘We’re Aussies mate – we try anything’. I said this whilst swearing at Christos under my breath – thinking ‘I can’t believe we are doing it either’. Not to mention my mate Christos singing ‘Karma chameleon’ – one lady at the bar said to me ‘that guy with the hat has just restored my faith in karaoke’. Had my first experience with pole dancing at another bar on the way home. Could probably have hurt myself if we stayed longer. Left while I was ahead.

imageJean (who is Australian, Kiwi, English lass living in Agios) introduced me to the many bars that I didn’t know existed in Agios. Thanks for the many laughs and my introduction to salsa. I think my legs are still platted and my glutes are imagelooking great. Thanks Jene and Kursheed Irani (Bowen therapist from Australia) for teaching us some moves that made us look good – I’m sure I’m going to continue in Australia. So much fun.
I will miss the early morning swims in the beautiful beach. Freezing cold. And the perfect days of lying on the beach soaking up the Cretan sun and reading my books.
Last day now in Athens with Christos – have ticked off all our traditions.
imageWine at the airport (even though it was 10am)
imageCoffee and ouzo and late breakfast at Athens beer bar.
imageShopping for hat (tradition that I buy Christos a hat each time we see each other – no shoes this time thank goodness).
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Spritz overlooking the Parthenon on the roof top of the Gand Bretagne hotel (almost needed a loan to pay for them) – we used the toilets so it made us feel like they were worth the money.
Now on top a the biggest hill in Athens (waiting for that sunset we missed last time) where our beautiful Greek friend Antonis recommend us to come.

We are actually right now waiting for the sun to go down – drinking margaritas – and we are three hours early – last time I was here in October Christos took far too long deciding what shoes he was going to buy and we missed the sunset! So this time we are here early – but I still might miss it cause I’ve had two margaritas – could pass out waiting! Ha ha!not to mention we still have to get back down the hill in my slippery shoes.

Thank you to the Milikings for a fabulous holiday AGAIN. Love Crete, love Greece, love all the people I’ve met. Bye for now…….I’ll be back!

PS – I’m going a serious detox when I get home!

By Mad Aunty Dessie

(Late edition after an incredible surprise by gorgeous friend Antonis)

Ok – the last night in Athens we have just watched an amazing Sunset at the Sky Cafe thanks to our friend Antonis for the heads up on where the best sunset viewing place is. Then we get a taxi to dinner at a place Antonis also has recommended. When we arrive, Christos shares that our Greek friend has organized to pay for our dinner as a parting gift – he had left for Istanbul on an earlier flight that morning as he had a Bowen course to attend.
As we are ringing him to thank him I hear a voice saying beside me ‘Can I help you?’ – When I look up he is standing beside me laughing with squeals of delight and Christos chanting ‘But you are in Turkey !!! From a Facebook post we had read earlier in the day!’ He even went to the effort to post a photo from Istanbul with the location of Turkey! Very sneaky! Perfect perfect twist to finish my stay thank you so much Antonis – You are amazing and funny I sooooo love surprises and that will be counted as one of the best. We finished a beautiful meal and wine with the three stooges together in Athens – just perfect!

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PATRA SOCCER TRIP

PATRA SOCCER TRIP DAILY DIARY

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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.

 

 

 

PATRA SOCCER TRIP Diary.

Saturday

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.

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Sunday

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.

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Monday

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.

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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

 

PATRA GREEK DAILY DIARY.

12/4/14

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

13/4/14

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.

14/4/14

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.

15/4/14

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

Από τον Τόμπη

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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.