Sunday, June 19, 2011

Life in a Little Family-owned Greek Hotel

Hospitality and family love abound here! We are at hotel Kaiafas Lake in the beautiful region of Kaiafa, Olympia. The Ionian Sea is very close and the air is cool and crisp - much like an early October morning in Arkansas. The hotel is owned by a very lovely Greek family who have tremendous respect for each other. Yesterday afternoon Grandma and I had a brief "conversation" and I got to take a photo with her. She understood exactly what I was saying when I told here we were both gorgeous in the picture. Her laughter and slight push of the hand reminded me of how I would respond in much the same way. I am finding that the ability to carry on conversations without knowing the language is very important! Grandma sat at the pool yesterday and relished the sight of our students laughing and enjoying the company of each other. I imagine this is much the way it must have been in America when generations of family members lived in the same household. When it was time to eat, Grandma's son and daughter-in-law seated her and served her the evening meal. Lovely. I wish I could post the pictures I have of the family, but the computer will not accommodate a flashdrive. Late yesterday afternoon I watched from my balcony as Grandma weeded the garden. This afternoon I will help her. I believe she will understand the love I have for flowers just as much as I understand her love of gardening when I look at the roses that grow near the front of the hotel. Karen Wells


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Adventure Details

Duration 15 days
Destinations Athens
Focus Biology
Earth Science