Monday, October 14, 2013

How could Crete get any better

How can a Monday in Crete get any better? The weather was warm with a slight breeze and three new friends drove along, experiencing a new adventure. The day included visiting with a tailor of Greek men’s traditional costumes and his father. The tailor showed us how to wrap a scarf around Perry’s head to make him Greek. Down the road from the tailor shop was another village. Yes, a store going out of business had a 50%-off sale on jewelry and accessories. (Betty took a long look in that store.) Down the road further was a monastery that was a true treasure. The complex included a large museum of church and local artifacts. The number of historical icons on display was breathtaking. The complex included a nunnery, a very old beautiful church, a gift store, a hospital, a home for aging nuns, and an orphanage for about 60 children. And yes, further down the road was our original destination, the ancient ruins of Festos. We were able to wander around in such an amazing piece of history.

The students at school continue to make us laugh as they enjoy being kids. It seems their opportunity to speak English with English-speaking strangers is not really difficult but very welcomed and getting easier even within the few days we have been part of their lives. Tonight as we were leaving, one girl called out, “Tootles.”

Message of the Day: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yates