I won’t be around much for the next two weeks, because tomorrow I’m setting off on an adventure through Turkey, Serbia, Croatia and wherever else I end up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be spending five days in Istanbul, then going on to Belgrade, Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Skopje. I’ll also be celebrating the big 2-3 in the homeland (i.e., Serbia), which is kind of neat. (Anyone know any Serbian birthday traditions? I just know how to say “cheers.”) I’m hoping to make it down to Montenegro for a day, but I’m not sure there will be time. And then it’s back to Athens, and from there a long trek back to New York, including a night in Zurich. Any suggestions of what to see/visit/eat/do in Istanbul, Serbia and Croatia are most welcome!
The fabulous Ms. Lauren will be guest blogging while I’m gone, so I’m sure you’ll all thoroughly enjoy my absense — and I’m sure you’ll appreciate a break from the Tom-Waits-dominated Friday Random Tens, and will embrace Lauren’s infusion of coolness back into the FRT. I’m crossing my fingers that Merle will make an appearance, too. And of course you’ll have Piny and Zuzu to hold down the fort. I’ll be popping in every now and then for some navel-gazing posts and maybe a few picture updates. I’ll also be showing up to guestblog for a day on a blog that, for now, I will keep secret (when that blogger makes the announcement, I’ll let you all know). I’ll just give you all the teaser that this blogger has a series of all-star guestbloggers lined up, and it’ll be an exciting week over there.
So now, it’s time for me to say yassas (or is it yassou?) to Greece. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, and I’m sad that it’s gone by so quickly. It’s not a bad life, going to the beach after work to read in the sun; going to Mihalis, the one restaurant in town, for Greek salad or fresh mussels or souvlaki for dinner; walking through the village as the sun sets, and getting an ice cream from the little shop owned by two sisters, where their kids play in front; then going to my little room and either reading or watching horrible American action movies on Greek TV (and I mean horrible: last night it was Cyborg Cop III, no joke). I spent my last Saturday going to Athens to buy tickets to Istanbul, then Sunday hanging out on the beach during the day and going to the Temple of Poseidon in the evening to watch the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful, and a nice way to spend my final weekend.
I will certainly miss living across the street from the beach, going swimming in the sea whenever I feel like it, wearing flip-flips to work, and night skies that are full of more stars than I’ve ever seen in my life. I will not, however, miss the bugs and getting so tan that my skin starts to peel off my face, despite my allegiance to sunscreen.
Last night all the interns went to the local restaurant, where the owner, Mihali, had promised to make us spaghetti with sea urchins — and he plucked the sea urchins fresh from the sea across the street. When we got there, though, it turned out that Mihali wasn’t the best with pasta — so one of the Italian girls and her boyfriend took over the kitchen, and made us an amazing meal. Spaghetti with sea urchins may be my new favorite thing. It was a nice way to end things.
And by 10am tomorrow, I’ll be on the train to Istanbul.
Now, pictures. The best of Greece:
As always, more here.
I’ll be in and out, and back for good sometime around August 17th.