One of Tinos’ most memorable features is its rockiness, demonstrated very clearly by the giant boulder/mountain outcropping that dominates its southeastern side. It’s called Exomvourgo, and also gives the island’s municipality its name.
The strategic spot overlooking the island was chosen by the Venetians for fortification, and is also the site of a Catholic and an Orthodox monastery, reflecting the island’s mixed history. On days with any clouds in the sky, they all seem to migrate around the rock, so every time I’ve been there at least, it is very moody.
The Cycladic island of Tinos is probably one of my favourite places in the world. Objectively, it’s not the most beautiful place in the world, but it’s one of the few places I have been coming back to for my entire life. Also because it’s primary attraction is a church, it has managed (at least until now) to escape massive development and tourism.
When I was a kid we only visited Tinos in the summer, but since I’ve lived in Greece I’ve had a chance to visit in the spring and in the autumn, when the island has a different appeal. Last year I went only for a few days in September – didn’t even manage to swim, but did do a lot of exploring. Perhaps one of the best parts about visiting that time of year – pomegranates!
It is hard for me to believe that we are already well into April. Spring is definitely on its way in Athens, and it is visible everywhere. This is my favourite time of year – the weather is perfect, and people are out and about again.
While I wrap up my coursework before Easter holidays, when I hope to process and share photos from recent travels, here are some promises of what is soon to come!
Last spring, on the way to Ancient Epidavros, we stopped for probably no more than half an hour at this oasis on the side of the road. I had arrived in Greece from Edinburgh a few days earlier, in preparation for a month of dissertation research. Sun-deprived and stressed, this excursion brightened my spirits. From the rainy grey of April in Scotland, this little monastery with its colourful signs of spring seemed like a magical apparition. Today it’s raining in Athens, so I thought this was an appropriate reminder of what is to come when the clouds clear. (Also, don’t miss the nun in the final photo!)
I may have missed the 1st of January to announce a resolution to revive my blog, but I’ll pretend like I was purposefully waiting for Chinese New Year.
Whenever we say the year starts, I’m choosing now to get back to the blog. I’ve been using perfectionism as an excuse for a lapse in creativity, but not anymore! One post a week, minimum, so prepare yourselves. :)
It’s mid-September, and I find myself again on the porch at my aunt’s house in an Athens suburb.
One year in Edinburgh, and a Masters degree under my belt, and I am back in Greece for more. Here for at least another year to do (another), one-year Masters programme at the University of Athens.
So far, I’ve spent my time eating (as usual), tackling bureaucracy and logistics, and looking for a place to live. As a result, I haven’t spent much time really thinking about the year ahead of me, and what I hope to achieve while I’m here. Mostly I’m enjoying the family, the food, and the life of this city, while wandering the neighbourhoods and continuing to explore.
There is something about the unpredictability of every block and turn of a corner that is irresistible to me, and I am so excited by the possibility of continued explorations. I’m not sure what this year will bring, but I am determined to make the most of my time here, as well as to use my blog as a more medium for documenting and processing my experiences. Travel, food, photography and musings – nothing new or terribly exciting – but I hope you’ll join on this next piece of my Poseidon Adventure. :)