Category: Personal

Impressions of Crete

• September 2, 2004 • Comments (0)

different shades of green from yellow to blue spread like an ocean’s rainbow in the greenery of Almirida bay where the trees bear flowers of the brightest pink and reggae music is mixed with Greek for the tourist pleasure in the pool: children splashing playing swimming shouting off key but in the distance, calmly the […]

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Knossos and Heraklion

• August 31, 2004 • Comments (0)
Knossos and Heraklion

The problem with Knossos is that Sir Arthur Evans, the British architect who bought it at the end of the 19th century, had parts of it reconstructed, and in concrete at that. It’s hard to know what’s old and what’s new. Even old pots have been mended and brought to a whole from the scraps […]

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Almirida

• August 28, 2004 • Comments (0)
Almirida

The light breeze turns the 30 degree heat into a nice warmth. Add frequent swims in the 25 degree water, and it’s perfect. Almirida is a very small village (only 25 people live here in the winter) in north-western Crete, about 10 kilometers east of Chania. We arrived at 23 last evening after a very […]

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Off to Greece

• August 27, 2004 • Comments (0)

In a couple of ours we’re off to Greece. We’re going to Almirida, a small village on Crete, about 10 km east of Chania. The trip has dinner included in the price, which means we’ll have three course meals every day. Niiiice. A lot less nice is that I’ve had to terminate the lease of […]

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A Minor cat problem

• August 21, 2004 • Comments (0)
A Minor cat problem

Minor is cute as ever in her new harness. K is just cute as ever. Minor, in the box for once. Minor is giving us trouble. It started when she wasn’t well, and she started to pee on the library chairs. When I found the pee and wiped it off I noticed there was blood […]

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Criminals taking time off

• August 16, 2004 • Comments (0)

Hooray! I’m off for seven days! Time to sleep, enjoy life, clean the apartment and meet people. The Olympics are on. To the great joy of so many people… but being more or less forced to watch events that you care zilch about isn’t fun. Even if I must admit that my colleagues’ enthusiasm for […]

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Pride parade

• July 31, 2004 • Comments (0)
Pride parade

Today has been a nice, stress-free day. Much welcome. Also good weather for once. Me like! I and K met Gitta, Chris, Hastur and Karin at Berzeli Park, where they were picknicking. K went and got coffee and we sat in the grass watching a fitness couple throwing eachother in the air. The Pride parade […]

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Summer drought

• July 26, 2004 • Comments (0)

No news is good news, they say. Well, not if you work at the news desk and you just want the day to go by quickly. I arrived 1 hour 10 minutes early this morning, planning to leave early as well. Or that’s what I thought. It turned out I had read the schedule wrong, […]

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Cruising

• July 18, 2004 • Comments (0)

The wind heavy on my face We sail above the waters Gulls underneath and a sure death should you plummet This summer’s first all blue sky and a sun failing yet to give warmth in the early hour and the breeze Children running, playing, elated by the wind the height the movement out to sea […]

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Traditional Midsummer celebrations

• June 26, 2004 • Comments (0)

I’m not a great fan of the Midsummer holidays. Mainly because of the pressure, growing up, to go to some great party on Midsummer’s Eve, get really pissed and preferably make out with some great looking guy. But most of all, the notion that unless you do those things, you are a failure. I’ve always […]

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Dublin in sunshine

• May 26, 2004 • Comments (0)

I’m sitting on my bed in the tiny room at the Charles Stewart guesthouse in Dublin. It’s a twin room, strangely organized with the beds head to head, a wall protruding in between them. The room is so small that in order to open the wardrobe you have to remove the chair from the desk, […]

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Unexpected Scotland stopover

• May 24, 2004 • Comments (0)
Unexpected Scotland stopover

Henceforth I shall stay at hotels which have spas within the facilities, I proclaimed to mother earlier today, after having gone for a swim in the hotel pool. There’s also a hot bubble pool in one corner. Very relaxing after a long day on the town. Afterwards I pampered my body, applying bodylotion provided in […]

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