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Today - Sunday - is my last day in Lechovo. It was a long day. Church began at 7:15 a.m. and finished at 10:45 a.m. I'll spare you the details. Suffice to know that my role during the Divine Liturgy was maximized as the rubrics permitted.
After another wonderful lunch and needed nap, I was given a private tour of Lechovo’s museum by the mayor and vice-regent of the "county." It’s a collection of local artifacts ...
... where "a Pappas" returned to his rightful place and serve the village. It was a moving moment and it even wasn’t 7:00 a.m. yet.
The priest, bubbly as before, embraced me with another warm welcome. We discuss “rubric strategy” on how the service is to be conducted. He provides me a place in honor at the altar and the service begins and lasts for hours. More on this later. At the conclusion of the service, the priest introduces me to ...
... running along what looked like the a street. I will go and investigate tomorrow.
Riding around this town was a bit of a nightmare and there seemed to be loads of boy racers at every street corner. On a number of occasions I am heading around a roundabout and see cars coming towards the roundabout and simply just do not slow or stop on approach, they just keep coming and on a number of occasions I almost got knocked off. I later found out that in this area of Greece they do ...
In this northwestern corner of Greece, the roads approach to within a couple of kilometres of both Albania and the Macedonian Republic, but there is no access to either country. The point at which the three countries meet is in the middle of Lake Prespa Major. The area has the back-of-beyond feeling that always appeals to me.
The main population centre in Greece is the historic but very small village of Agios Germanos. We stayed at the Varmous Hotel ...
... a headache so bagged any alcohol which was not the end of the world. The LB tried to pour some wine for U/K with the top on. Favourite cities was the topic to conclude things. Dinner dragged on for more than two hours. Half of them, with nothing better to do, are still in the restaurant.
Ian had been able to get wifi but I've tried near reception to no avail. Will try in Greece tomorrow. Need an aspirin and a good night's sleep. Bagged out after 2130.