Finding Santa

Originally published in Alternatives Journal blog, Think Global

It’s December 6, and we are on the island of Kos in Greece. The stores are closed for the celebration of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, but the sun is out and the cafes are doing a brisk trade. A band approaches and then a procession bearing the icon of St. Nicholas sweeps through the square on its way to the church where the service is being held. The procession passes, and the square is empty again, save for the Christmas tree and Santa Claus display. Continue reading

Do De Canese!

Rhodes (1)We can’t come to Greece and not visit at least one island. Can we? Of course not. So, from Athens we jumped on a small plane and headed for the island of Rhodes, which is one of the Dodecanese islands (the furthest east group of Greek islands). We had contemplated taking a boat but when we learned that it would be an 18 hour ferry trip (and did we mention that Eva gets motion sick?), and would be almost twice the price, it was a no brainer. Continue reading

Servou With a Smile

As they say in the Bugs Bunny cartoons, “I knew we should have taken a left turn at Αλμπουκέρκη”.

I love the Greek alphabet and the joy of translating it into the Latin alphabet and then deciphering the word. That green sign above the door in restaurants that says “ΕΞΟΔΟΣ” which decodes as EXODUS, and that “aha” moment when you connect the Exodus in the Bible with the Greek word for exit. Or the Greek name for Zeus is ΔΙΟΣ which is pronounced Dios, and the connection to the Latin Deus becomes clear. Continue reading