Do you know where I would just love to go back to, especially right about now when the rain is falling and the breeze is still too cool to be comfortable without a jacket on? Greece. I would very much like to go back to Greece, to the islands, to explore new parts of the mainland, to spend more time on boats and on beaches. I would like to go back to eating all the fresh food of the islands, and spend many warm nights sipping wine through the sunset, with that warm Mediterranean breeze caressing my sun kissed cheeks. I would like to spend time feeling the heat of the earth and the ocean against my skin and spend the evenings dancing with the locals. I would like to spend more time in the markets and the town squares, immersing myself in the language and the local flora.
I shall revisit Santorini and Ios, Paros, Naxos and Amorgos. I shall visit all the fingers of Chalkidiki and sail on boats through the Aegean Sea. I shall eat alllllll the food and stretch my lithe, destressed body out on all the beaches. I shall take my child to everywhere I have been and discover new places together with him. I would like him to see what I saw, so he can understand more who I am, what I enjoy and what made me be the person I am today.
I would like to spend entire days walking along the narrow cobblestone, whitewashed alleyways of the clifftop towns and entire nights gazing out towards the never ending azure ocean waters. I would like to meet more locals, and more foreigners and show my child how similar we all are. I would like to hear their stories and know where they came from as well as what inspired them to come to the exact place I find myself as well at this exact time. I would like to spend time wearing bathing suits and cotton dresses that flow gently in the wind, and be able to walk miles of beaches without footwear. I would like to go back to zipping around the geography of the islands on scooters, feeling that warm wind through my hair (from under our helmets because safety first) and I would like us to find our new perfect beach to eat spanikopita and sip locally crafted beverages.
Greece was the first place I came to find happiness and peace after a very tumultuous time. It was the first place I felt the muscles in my body un-tense for the first time in years, and it is the first place I truly laughed hard after days, weeks and months of crying for the things I had been through.
I shall have a home on one of the islands in the future, of that I am sure. And until then I shall recall back all the memories that are stored in the dank and musty corners of my brain when things become all too much.
To feel the warmth of the sun, sand and people I met on the shores of Greece.
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