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The Sea

Greece before the global lockdown

Watch this video made in the beginning of March, 2020.

Don’t forget that I give Modern Greek language courses online, and that it’s you who fix the price for the lessons, however the minimal amount is 5 euros per hour (confinement survival measures…).

Thank you for watching and reading me! Take care. Stay in good mood.

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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.

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Routine of the creativity

How to write? Not at home. There’s always obstacles to work. Your room-mate, yourself… So you escape to the most noisy cafe in the city, with loud music, and suddenly you become the best writer and the most efficient researcher.

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A lifetime ago – 1

There was the Analog before the Digital era. And there was our Crimea before the russians’ invasion.

Here’s me in Tauris at the very beginning of the XXI century.

Cape Aja, a unique, sublime rocky place. And deadly, because the rocks fall from time to time and sometimes crazy people staying in tents there under the rocks die. Aja Cape is on the shores of the Pontus Euxinus. Closed territory since 2014, exactly as it was during the soviet period.

Yes, we did all this way up… We still do it sometimes, but not in the Crimea. In Greece.

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Eleven turtles of the Aegean

By the shores of a pretty little island that we call Yste, an island bathing in the waters of the Aegean, there were many sea turtles this summer. One just had to be a quiet swimmer or even an attentive walker.

They were eleven. Early in the morning, we went to the seaside. Early in the morning, the sea was calm, it was like a mirror, and if you looked all around you paying special attention to the blue and turquoise surface of the waters, you could see something.

You suddenly noticed a small head in the water, it looked like a very small human head, but while you tried to understand what was going on, the head felt that someone was watching it and disappeared… in order to appear a little further and a little bit later.

They were all different, slow and fast at the same time, curious and cautious, green or like sand, brown or nearly black. The turtle shells were incrusted with shells, forming always a new design. Followed by an escort of gray and green little fishes, the turtles were at grass, searching food in the rocks, at the bottom of the sea and on its surface.

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Night sky

When did you see the night sky last time ? the sky incrusted densely with the stars so that it becomes white, so that you don’t need any light?

Well, if you do not remember this moment, you have to take a boat from Kymê on Euboia which will take you to Skyros, Sporades, and after arrival head to its north-western part. You will go south next time, first enjoy the pine forest that covers the nothern half of this tiny island the port of which meets you with pompous (and funny) orchestra music.

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Go ahead and find a place on one of the beaches, and spend a night or two there. Listen to the sound of the wind in πεύκα, pine trees, to the waves, look deep into the sky – it is extremely generous during the night – and try not to fall asleep as long as you can.

And after all, the next morning, visit the miniature church by the sea, Κυρά Παναγιά.

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Find ticket prices and timetables Kymi-Skyros-Kymi (+ other Sporades islands) here.

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My part-time job

Meanwhile, I work at Mavrommatis Trocadéro. As a waitress. Who has to take care of about theoretically 36 people/18 tables simultaneously. I was hired 3-4 weeks ago. Some days are extremely hot hot hot, just because the weather in Paris is still sunny ))) and perhaps all the people are more hungry when the weather is wonderful…

Most of my colleagues are Greek, and we speak Greek, and it’s nice, I practice the language, I integrate into a new community, into a totally new sphere of life… I’m 40 years old in a few days, and it’s the first time that I try myself as a waitress… I seem to myself so fast over there, every day I do 5 kilometers around the tables and clients in 4 hours. Today I’ve run 7 km. Isn’t that a sign? Don’t I try too hard? Should I slow down? We were very few today, and I needed help… The Greek way, it’s the slow way. But we’re in Paris, man… There’s a collision. Running Greeks (forget ancient Olympia!)?! it’s not possible, it doesn’t work, so everything looks like a catastrophe. And it was a catastrophe today, but I am still laughing. The best way to cope with that, is the sense of humor.

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