Twenty for hours after I left my house door in Aberdeen, and I have finally arrived at my sister’s house in the beautiful city of Volos in Greece. Even though it takes four hours to cross Europe by air, the actually journey is close to twenty four hours counting the connections and delays. Needless to say how exhausted I am. So after they picked me up from the bus station, dad and mum had this fabulous idea of driving to a small seaside village, called Kala Nera, to watch the sunset and have a quick dive in the warm sea. Ironically, Kala Nera in Greek translates as ‘great waters’, which couldn’t be more appropriate, given that the sea is crystal clear and deep blue coloured. Just perfect!
Instead of making a schedule what to do with our evening, we decided that we’d just follow our noses and do whatever we fancied. And seeing as I am the special guest and with a (long) list of things I want to see and do, everyone was happy with my plain, relaxing schedule of just playing around the beach, drinking iced coffee, reading books, eating sweet phyllo pie pieces (mum bought a takeaway box from the nearby bakery) and of course taking pictures-my dad LOVES photography, he is even worse than myself when it comes to capturing moments.
At this time of the year there are not many tourists left, so it sort of felt like having the beach to ourselves. We found a nice place just in front the sea, dad put an umbrella in the sand/gravel, mum spread out a few straw mats, my sister unfolded two mini beach chair and there we had it, our mini garden for the day! I sat back, relaxed and absorbed everything in. How much I’ ve missed being close to the sea, smelling the waters and finding seashells. Life is all about the little things, isn’t it?
For most of the part it was peaceful, we let ourselves enjoy the fact that we got reunited after a year and a half apart, and spent a good two hours catching up on everything and anything, but mostly talking about Cruz. That little beauty, he is always the centre of attention even when I am miles away!
Just before sunset, I decided to go for a swim and I can’t even tell you how good the water felt! My body was in desperate need of this kind of natural relaxation. The water was crystal clear and warm as bathwater. And as the sun was going down, I stood there watching tiny flashes of light reflecting on the water and thought of never returning back to Scotland.
Have you ever been to Volos?