No Gas Til Tuesday (2)

_Blog Review Ikaria 2012 # 10 The Explorers (1b)_


Hello readers!

I hope that some of you are by now familiar with my idea of reviewing a selection of blog entries about my island. I also hope that my most faithful followers have read «No Gas Til Tuesday (1)» -the first part of selected entries from an entire blog dedicated to living in Ikaria written by jandcfox. Jackie has been undoubtedly the best of that category of bloggers who I have decided to name «Explorers». Don’t misunderstand me; there have probably been a lot of people who have taken risks and had many interesting adventures in Ikaria. The difference with Jackie is that she shared her experiences with the world. And she did this through a well-written and frequently updated blog wonderfully enriched with many great pictures!

I am a mother of three and a teacher by trade. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and now, my family lives in Lancaster, PA. For the next year we are going to live in the village of Karavostamo, Ikaria, Greece. My philosophy on life? Check things off of your bucket list! What are a few things on my bucket list? Speak greek fluently Live in Greece Enrich my children’s lives

We are in the middle of September so time falls right for the second and last part. It is about living in Ikaria «off season» when the island empties from tourists, visitors and relatives; that is, living in the Ikaria of the all-year-long residents, which, some say, is The True Ikaria

What was it like? Has she won the bet? See for yourselves. Read my selection of blog entries of Jackie in Ikaria, September 2012 – June 2013

(As always, a selection of the blogger’s own words appear when you move your mouse over the highlighted links and photos. VERY USEFUL TO HASTY READERS!)


















Until Next Year! Και Του Χρόνου!

Indeed, these people have set a good example. Yes, a good example.

How unlike me, that’s all I have to say, and that says it all.

Note : As I have said many times before in my reviews, comments and credits should be adressed to the bloggers, not to me! As far as I am concerned, all I want is to send more readers to these amazing people -my explorers. All I wish is that my choices are good.


Eleni Perforata in Ikaria 2 (March 27, 2006)

Oh wouldn’t it be dreamy nice if these ancient terrasses refilled; if not with vines (take so much time, work and money to grow), why not instead with Johanes Perforata?

One thing I know well: where I work they’d drink it by the gallons; they’d have it in samovars, one in every room and all around the place.

Then the economy of Ikaria …

… but again, isn’t it perhaps wiser that it stays as it is now : just a few vegetable gardens and the rest covered with white daisies? Who am I to advise on «island economics»? I am critisizing and blaming me for my weakness. I find me guilty of ‘imperialism’. But I won’t send me to the firing squad. The gods will intervene and say: «Let her go; she doesn’t mean to rule the island and change its ways. It’s just that it’s blooming spring and she is feeling lonely; there are so few people around her age there now to share this beauty, the acts and the ideas that go with this wealth. Let her go. This week she will only listen music by Chopin, next week it will be Schubert and the last week before Easter she will listen Bach’s Passion«.

I Imageshake hands with me Imageand I go free again. I have all those CDs. This has happened before, so I know and have taken my measures.


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Ah, viniculture ! After the next episode of «The Story of Life», I challenge you: make an attempt to ‘see’ how it could be revived. Use the medieval parable of the dying vinegrower, his reluctant sons and the alleged treasure in the vineyard to help you start. ‘See’ a new set up, invent a new motivation. Or everybody in Greece will be public clerks on 400 euros a month.

Tuesday March 28, 2006 – 10:44pm (EEST)

Even heaven

Spring make me happy and fool. How can you be sad when the sun shines and the perforata blossoms?
living everyday in a «concrete jungle» I really wonder how can you only think to any antidepressive, there on the island perforata.
I know, even heaven is boring.

Tuesday March 28, 2006 – 11:27pm (CEST)

Yes, ‘see’ grapes growing Elle. The terraces were made for vines, were they not? And spring blossoms to make people happy fools!

Tuesday March 28, 2006 – 09:07pm (PST)

so, it’s 2-2 for spring blues. If the one of the two who don’t understand, (let’s say, Jimmy -lol) was Adam in Paradise, God wouldn’t have created Eve. Then again if Eve didn’t understand too much, there wouldn’t be all that mess afterwards.

-> oh, the grapes… I’ll see what I’ll ‘see’.
(how much does a finacial advisor make, btw?)

Wednesday March 29, 2006 – 09:53am (PST)

Cheer up Sister, if you are sad, I am too.

The Tuft of Flowers
I went to turn the grass once after one
Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.

The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
Before I came to view the levelled scene.

I looked for him behind an isle of trees;
I listened for his whetstone on the breeze.

But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,
And I must be, as he had been,–alone,

`As all must be,’ I said within my heart,
`Whether they work together or apart.’

But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a ‘wildered butterfly,

Seeking with memories grown dim o’er night
Some resting flower of yesterday’s delight.

And once I marked his flight go round and round,
As where some flower lay withering on the ground.

And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous wing came back to me.

I thought of questions that have no reply,
And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;

But he turned first, and led my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,

A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared
Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared.

I left my place to know them by their name,
Finding them butterfly weed when I came.

The mower in the dew had loved them thus,
By leaving them to flourish, not for us,

Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him.
But from sheer morning gladness at the brim.

The butterfly and I had lit upon,
Nevertheless, a message from the dawn,

That made me hear the wakening birds around,
And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground,

And feel a spirit kindred to my own;
So that henceforth I worked no more alone;

But glad with him, I worked as with his aid,
And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;

And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech
With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach.

`Men work together,’ I told him from the heart,
`Whether they work together or apart.’

Wednesday March 29, 2006 – 11:10am (PST)

of my taste, of my heart (and the rythm which sounds and beats like a song) –thank you –thank you

(btw do you type or copy-paste; hope it’s the second; if the first, ah ah, very very obliged…)

Wednesday March 29, 2006 – 12:22pm (PST)

Happy Adam

What a sad world if the both Adam and Eve were sad! So let Adam be sad and Eve be happy, or Adam be happy (let’s say Jimmy) and Eve be sad. This is the secret of love (and happiness), no matter if you’re in heven or hell.

grapes and happiness everywhere in every season

Thursday March 30, 2006 – 12:32am (CEST)

veuillez excusez my cyclothymic girlfriend; her psyche swirls on a spiral course.

-good poem that – thank you ‘face carved on stone’ for sharing

Thursday March 30, 2006 – 11:22am (EEST)

Elle, this one was cut and pasted for sure and yes, isn’t it lyrical?

Nana, notice that the face in stone, he’s winking 😉

Thursday March 30, 2006 – 07:58am (PST)

Ελένη στην Ικαρία (April 25, 2006)

what kind of time did we have in Easter? That’s in:

Oh, I forgot ! You have to be a member in to access this file.

I’m evil Imagehehehe

Ok, if you don’t join us, pls don’t feel *excluded*. There are no *hot babes* in these 5 photos. Just good old «très village» chaos and smiling faces. I wasn’t there. I was somewhere very similar. Reality tends to duplicate. I *see double* as they say.

πως περασαμε τη μερα του Πασχα στην Ικαρια; Ενα δειγμα στο:

Α, ξεχασα ! Πρεπει να γινεις μελος στο για να εχεις δικαιωμα και να δεις αυτο το φακελο.

Ειμαι εντελως διαβολικη Image ετσι;

Ενταξει κι αν δεν γινεις μελος, δεν πειραζει, μη νιωθεις *αποκλεισμενος*. Δεν εχει *καυτα μωρα* σ’ αυτες τις φωτος. Απλα ειναι το παλιο καλο «très village» χαος και πολλα γελαστα προσοπα. Εγω δεν ημουν εκει. Ημουν καπου αλλου παρομοια. Η πραγματικοτιτα τεινει να διπλασιαζεται *Τα βλεπω διπλα* όπως λενε.

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Thursday April 27, 2006 – 10:46pm (EEST)

«Easter Eggs red-dyed herbal and Ikarian-wise» -3

Step 3

When dry, polish them with very little olive oil.

Add a daisy.Image

Now everything is «village» : the eggs, the dye, the bowl (made of local clay in a local pottery), and my tablecloth (woven on a local loom). Only the tea came from China.

NOTE: They told me that the eggs like this do not smell of oignons and tea. I am not in position to confirm this, though. I haven’t tasted them yet. We are not supposed to crash and crack our eggs before the priest sings ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ (Christ Resurrected) at midnight sharp. But they look good, don’t they?

Très *village* Image ? muddy and dirty and cracked (and my kitchen was a mess). But at least the came out R-E-D ! So I love my Easter eggs ! I’m not going to show them to the nice person who told me what to do, though. I’m afraid she will scorn or scold me.

But I can show them to you…

φιλακια  Image φιλαρακια

!!! ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ !!!

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Ahh red eggs!! This is one of the very few Greek traditions that has survived to my generation (4 times removed from Greece). Every Easter we’d gather round the family table with the red eggs and crack them together in a sort of tournament, all the time saying «Χριστος ανεστι» «Αλιτος ανεστι» (no idea if that spelling is correct).

Unfortunately this is as close as I’ve been to red eggs for many years since my schools have given the Catholic Easter off as a holiday, but not the Orthodox one.

Happy Easter, El & all.

– Matt

Sunday April 23, 2006 – 11:44pm (EDT)

The Orthodox Easter school holiday in Greece is 2 weeks !!!
Jealous, eh? Well, don’t be. It’s like in theocratic regimes. I return for those long religious holidays, the schoolchildren have to attend long, boring and absurd Religion courses for several hours a week. Parent have to declare that they are e.g. Buddists or Marxists, so that their kids are excused from attending them.
Meanwhile yesterday we had the craziest 12 hour long parties (and I can hardly make out what I’m typing right now)

Monday April 24, 2006 – 02:58am (PDT)

They look superb! Αυγα Πολλά!

Monday April 24, 2006 – 05:37pm (BST)

Happy Orthodox Easter!

But when Condi gets to Athens, maybe someone can throw some rotten eggs her way, or a cream pie maybe…

Tuesday April 25, 2006 – 09:39am (PDT)

Flying red eggs would «write» on the TV cameras. No doubt the city will be under martial law, worse than during the German occupation.

Tuesday April 25, 2006 – 11:00pm (EEST)

«Easter Eggs red-dyed herbal and Ikarian-wise» -step 2

Step 2When the water has turned dark red, take the eggs out.

Leave them on a plate to dry. Do not sweep with a towel.

«My Eggs…», oh no, wrong… «Some Eggs of mine…», wrong again

Ah, I got it:«Easter Eggs red-dyed herbal and Ikarian-wise»

Step 1

Take some eggs from chicken that you know they haven’t messed around with swans in the marshes of Turkmenistan.

Boil them (the eggs, not the chicken) on slow fire together with many dark tea leaves and as many skins of oignons.


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«good machine»
but did the egg flesh smell of the tea and the oignons afterwards or not?

Tuesday April 25, 2006 – 12:14pm (EEST)

My own unphilosophical, untheological, unecological and secret Greek Easter


About the Greek Orthodox Easter and an Orthodox Easter in general you can find loads of info and personal accounts just about anywhere in the press, in books, on the net even in the National Geographic and the French ‘Geo’. Because I live in a remote island village (the epitome of the so-called ‘authenticity‘), oh, readers, don’t expect me to tell you about it. This is a task young apprentice TV reporters are usually given to do. That’s Imagenot me. Zap off and type «Greek+Easter» in Google images.

My own ImageEaster in Ikaria :

1) Color: lush green, sometimes Imageorgiastic vegetation (doesn’t hold too long -sniff) with brown patches of freshly ploughed gardens and vineyards.

2) Sound: (a) nasal psalms Imagefrom the church loudspeakers and both on TV and the radio the voice of our «super saint» (*Ayatolah* ) Archibishop ImageChristodoulos performing «the top of the pop(e)s». (b) «skyladika» music from every cafe and ouzo joint, (c) very loud explosions of firecrackers, and finally (d) delighful bass chat-chat of old people and sharp shouts of children -visitors from the city.

3) Images: (a) red Imagemeat (heads of lamps with the tongues sticking out, guts, slices of fat, darker red liver e.t.c.) (b) flowers, countless flowers to decorate the epitaph (the portable simulation of the «grave» of Jesus)…


My own Imagepersonal Easter is …the visitors’ clothes !
I’m looking at them, in fact I’m devouring them, I imagine myself wearing them. I even went to the beach Imageto spy on the visitors and see what swimsuits are in fashion this season. I will go to church tonight and tomorrow just to seeImage the outfits and the looks. I’ll break my profile and dare ask a few friends «Where did you buy that?» and «How much?». Most of all I’ll admire the shoes and the hairstyles. I’ll pretend I attend the mess but actually I’ll be trying to guess my neigbour’s perfume or after-shave brand. I’ll be looking at men and wishing wishes and (who me? the «experienced» cosmo?) blush and feel shyImageImage.

That’s Image me. That’s my Easter. I’m getting rough hewn here –village girl. Yet I know that when I go for a short Imageshopping visit in Athens next month and while I’ll be trying on the wonderful shoes, I’ll be Imagethinking of my flower pots and my vegetable garden. I’ll also be Imageworrying about who’s going to remind my old neighboursImage to take their pills. It seems I am the only one who’s used to depending on a watch in my neighborhood.

That’s my Easter in Ikaria.

I wish everybody, believers or not, Christians or not
KALI ANASTASSI (ΚΑΛΗ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ), which btw literally means…





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Hi Eleni, just to let you know our swallows arrived here in Northern England today; Jude and I saw them on our trail in the hills, a little party of six, and we greeted them with thoughts of you.

Friday April 21, 2006 – 11:25pm (BST)

Yes, and we found a fairy too…Either Tragos or I will post the picture on flickr. We commented that you would love it. Kalo Pascha.

Saturday April 22, 2006 – 12:02am (BST)

swallows are messangers; there are so many Greek folk verses about them asked to carry messages of love and affection to distant lands. You may understand ‘swallow-ish’ because they were carrying a msg from me; this is why you thought of me.
(I must stop now because the council of the senior USDA are waiting for an answer in their comment on the previous entry.)
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Saturday April 22, 2006 – 04:04am (PDT)