Recently we have been hiking on the weekends. There are two hiking clubs here and they go every Sunday, rain or shine. And as hard-core as that sounds, it may or may not surprise you to learn that it was a very relaxing hike. The hiking was a total of about 6-7 hours, and that included about an hour or so picnic. There were about 35 of us total (this time it was both groups together) and we pretty much stayed in a casual line. We all chit-chatted but I never really connected or made any new friends. At one point, we stopped to let the rest of the slower hikers catch up, but while we waited for half an hour there was a handful of “hikers” that decided it was a great smoke break time! Isn’t this ridiculous… I could not get over the fact that they actually lit up while so called “intense” exercising! I was even more baffled when one guy was arguing how smoking has never truly been proven to be harmful to your health.
Uh, what? HELLO… are you freaking kidding me?! This is a reason that the cigarette companies actually post flagrant warnings about just HOW BAD smoking has PROVEN to be for you and others around you. Labels reading “Smoking kills” “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death” and “Smoking causes cancer”. Really dude, really?
But the only other thing this same guy said to me in English when he found out I was America was, “Did you know that 40% of Americans think chicken comes from rubber?” and I answered, “What? I don’t know anyone who (ever) that thought chicken came from rubber”. He then proceeded to try to argue his point and I sincerely ignored him. That, ladies and gentlemen is NOT how you make small talk or should hope to meet a new friend!
The view was actually pretty amazing, and we decided we would walk back alone. So, Vasilis, Meli, and I walked back casually while we explored anything we might have missed. We stumbled upon a mother goat who had escaped from her home and fenced area, but now eagerly wanted back. I tried my best to help steer her in the right direction, she simply made a lot of noise and ignored me and my stick. Meli on the other hand was very intrigued until the goat head butted her when she crept too close.
PS. I want to brag on my husband for a moment. Beyond his amazing talent in sketching, he also has a passion in web design and computer illustrations. He initiated and lead the participation for his school in a country wide competition for building websites of various subjects. The kids researched information and Vasilis created, designed, and finished each website himself. It turns out that all of his hard work paid off because it was announced this week that all of his websites placed – 1ST, 2ND, 3RD places out of ALL of primary schools in Greece!!!!! He is leaving for Athens this weekend to represent his school and bring home the prizes!
Here is a link to his school webpage (he also created) and you can find the competition links: Here is the translation of the topics:
Olives (2nd place)
History (3rd place)
Kalloni Lakes (1st place)
School website: CLICK HERE
Click on the colored rectangles and you can have the pages translated through google translator if you are really interested!