For the past weeks, we are staying at our friends in the mountains at Saraktsani Stani. I wrote a blog about this place for Discover Greece, read here more. We have parked our van on a beautiful spot under the trees, next to their taverna. After Kalamos with 30 degrees Celcius, we had to get used to the cold. At night temperatures drop to 5 degrees Celsius... Luckily we found out how our heating in the van works! And we make a fire every night at the taverna to heat up.
But we do not have hot water. Yes, you just take a shower under the hose outside with freezing cold water. Maybe not the most comfortable but you get active. Before you take a shower, you just make sure you are warm. I either go running, biking or do some other things around the place. After that a quick cold shower is oke. In the end a good way to loose some weight.
The local shepard that lives around the corner during summer takes care of 130 cows that are walking around free. He drops by almost every day for a coffee or tsipouro. One of the first days he offered me his horse to go riding. All of a sudden I found myself all alone riding through the mountains with no one but some cows. A dream came true I guess. Whenever I want I can take his horse to go. Some days I also kept both of his horses at our place. It is big enough for them to walk around free and mow the lawn. It feels like I am in "Villa Villekulla" sometimes. With two horses walking around, 4 dogs and a cat in the middle of the woods. Back to basics indeed. Taking care of all those animals, doing your laundry by hand and cook, fills a big part of your day. In the meantime I started working, which means writing business blogs after a short interview by phone. This doesn't sound that hard, but if you are in an area without any phone reception, it is kind of a challenge. Thank God they have satellite internet at least!
The time of the wild mushrooms has also started. We try almost every day to find some for dinner and to fill the deepfreeze for the winter. I never knew anything about wild mushrooms, but now I can distinc three different kinds that aren't poisonous. And if we can not find mushrooms, we search for apples, raspberries, cranas, mountain greens and wild roses.
I love being here. It is so beautiful and piece full. We are in no man's land but still there are visitors every day, friends that stay over for some days or the local shepard or the (only other) neighbour passes by for coffee. Somehow you are never alone, here in the middle of nowhere...