Christmas Day, Stealth mode pays off.

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Today is the day, I wake early and get caught smoking a cigarette on the step outside as Nikoleta is sleeping. Her mother takes me into her house for coffee, horrified that I am out in the cold. It is only the two of us and with a lot of charades and mixed small amounts of Greek and English we have a lovely conversation about all sorts of things.
Once Nikoleta is awake and we've said our various versions of Happy Christmas I'm on my way to my mother to give her a big surprise and hopefully a happy one on this special day.

When I arrive they are just on the way out to give a Christmas treat to the next door neighbours pony so I have the chance to have a little visit with my old friend Copper and Martha who has a Taverna in the village. I think I surprised Martha as I have been practising for two days how to say the Christmas greeting in Greek, I had already surprised Nikoletas mother with very satisfying results.

My poor mother she was so shocked to see me, my Dickdad was convinced I would turn up and also my aunt had told my mother I would arrive as she was serving dinner.

It was lovely to walk into the house and smell that cooking smell that can only be Christmas dinner, delicious, lunch was complete with brussel sprouts and the my mums speciality of homemade bread sauce. Pierre had a lovely time and really enjoyed his dinner as well.

I had a great relaxing time with them, viewed all the modifications since my last visit, sorted out the debris in my car and managed to offload some for my trip to mainland Greece. I came away with some clean clothes, properly clean, not laundrette standard of washing.

After what could be considered a full day of Christmas by most standards it was time to head back to Nikoletas, I had a very good idea that I would be fed again and didn't overindulge at lunch. I had a very happy late evening with Nikoletas mum, dad and son, I was fed leftovers from the dinner earlier and was introduced to Tipero, similar to Ouzo but much, much nicer and very authentic to the area of Greece Nikoletas mother comes from.
It was obvious that Nikoletas father was still concerned about us driving to Larissa in the morning, it became apparent that snow was forecast and this causes problems on the mountain part of the route. We traipsed out to the car and he was happy once he knew he had snow chains to fit my car and that after some demonstration I may have a small idea of how to fit them. I make no apologies if I am in any doubt we will play damsel in distress and some kind man will be coerced into being a hero and fitting them for us.

Nikoleta has left it until late in the evening to break it to me how early the ferry is, 5.45am, we have to leave Acharavi at 5am latest to stand a chance of getting it. OMG! At 1am she is still packing. We make the decision to try for the 6.30am ferry instead.
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