Out of the city, and into the country...
Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
82Trip End Dec 13, 2012
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On the way there, we would be returning a whole slew of clothings and belongings to her newphew, Jason that lived close by. Just before arriving in Nafpactos, you have to take this monster bridge that is brand new and very modern. The bridge its self is like 3kms long.....Don't quote me on that though. We were going to meeting up with Jason at this Caslte that over looked town. After a 5 min climb on some very bendy roads, we reached the castle entrance. The view from the top was spectacular. You could see the sea for miles, with very nice mountains all around you. We snapped some quick photo ops and waited. Jason showed up on a brand new scooter that his brother had just bought. Of course, after all the greetings, Anna wanted to take it for a spin. A few more funny moments with some pics taken, luckily....the test ride went fine
When it was time to get some food, Anna took me to this restaurant that is off the highway, and hidden among some of the homes. When you walked into the place...It was a very nice building, but it didn't feel like a restaurant. It felt more like a big family greek kitchen home that anyone could come and eat at. In true Greek style, the whole table was covered with food shortly after we sat down. At one point the waitress came over to ask us if everything was alright. Atleast so I thought, but Anna and this waitress talked for almost 4-5 mins. I mean, it didn't bother me in the sorts, but I was wondering....what the heck can they be talking about. When it all ended, I asked Anna if she was a person she went to school with or something. She told me no.... people are just very talkative in Greece. I did work for a greek man once....so I do know they love to talk :)
To end our first night off in town (if you want to call it that....it was just a few homes.), we stopped by one of Anna's good friends homes, Makis
Anna's uncles place where we spent the evening was a very large summer home. It was at the base of a small mountain, and a 5 min walk to the sea with orange trees surrounding the home. As we were unlocking the gate, a concerned neighbour came over to ask who we were and what were were doing there. He even went as far as to call the uncle...to make sure that we were really who we said we were. I thought that it was nice to see. Once we turned on the water to the home and made a fire, it was time to crash from our busy day on the move. There was more exploring to be done tomorrow.
Now if we had not slept in this sunday morning, I would have been treated to join Makis to see how olive oil is really made...the home style way. It was a little dissapointing that missed it, but I think I may have to make a return visit for that one
Our day ended with Makis having us stay back to his place for dinner. It was a tasty tasty treat. Now traveling on the road, it gets very tough to eat properly all the time. Sometimes you just have to settle for what you can get. I had not been getting my craving satisfied for vegetables. But the dinner Makis prepared for us, I think everything in the salad was so fresh as it all came from the garden a few hours earlier. Even the olive oil on the salad was home made. I was getting spoiled to have this great home cooked meal. It was delicious. Makis, thank you so much for inviting me into your home, and making me feel welcome the second my foot set place inside
These two days that I spent in Nafpaktos were an amazing and special time. My mom had told me about how much I would love Greece. I must say that she hit the nail right on the head with this one. Thanks Ma. :) Thank you to Anna, who this whole trip to the country side would not have been possilbe...or even known about to be honest. You always showed me a great experience, and did it all with a smile. I really enjoyed my last couple days in Greece chilling in Athens, but wasn't looking forward to saying good bye to all my new friends. This part always sucks, but its inevitable. You just have to stay in touch. No matter how long its been since we have spoken, we should talk like we never missed a beat. Bye from Greece....
Next stop on the list is Valencia, Spain.