Friday, February 18, 2005

Short Update

Short update.
The nights are starting to get a little warmer now although I had to go out and purchase a small wood fire. That also brought some joy as we were driving round for ages to get wood!
It was actually a lot of fun until we got back and I had to start cutting the wood up into small pieces!
Had some pretty major thunderstorms but i guess that is part and parcel of living out here. Still great though.
Been getting further into my course work now, I think I am enjoying it but due to a small error on my part (not reading the details correctly!), I spent the whole first week doing the wrong thing. So, now it is playing catch up.
The Greek lessons are coming along well and we are using it more and more. I can now ask for 6 kebabs instead of one....just joking.
Still unsure when we will get back to the UK, may well be after the summer now. Time will tell.
We found a really nice taverna which is close by, apparently they slaughter the animals there daily so the meat is very fresh. Delightful.
The picture above is our small house, and even smaller car! How things change. It goes to show that size is not everything. The smallest house (and car) I have ever had but the happiest I have been.
Anyway, for now, keep safe

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

A few words

As you would expect, I am not really in the mood to do too much on here but I wanted to say something.
A lot of people have said that I am lucky in life. My normal response is "it is funny, the harder I work, the luckier I get" but, it dawned on me today. I am lucky.
I am lucky to have the best friends and family. Whether it is my parents knowing when to give me space and when to be at my side or, my friends who seem to know the right things to say (particular thanks to Tikay and Clare).
I am lucky.
Thank you, you are special to me, even if I do not say it enough.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Penny - My Best Friend

R.I.P 1993 - 2005

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The real stories are the scariest

I was going to start by saying that not much has happened but, whilst true to a certain extent, it is devoid of complete accuracy!
The weather here can be erratic to say the least. We are in the middle of winter, the same as most people who are reading this are, however, we are fortunate enough to have some days where we can sunbathe. We also have some horrific storms that can last for hours (almost continuos flashing and banging!!!) and we lose electricity frequently. We also have tremors. Maybe every other week, certainly every month but last I am not sure when a tremor becomes an earthquake but I have to say, last night was scary. At about three in the morning (whilst watching the Live Aid DVD!) I notice the plants moving. I look at Justine who is typing away on the computer oblivious to anything. It starts getting heavier so I mute the TV. She turns around and looks at me and the realism dawns. Over the next minute or so the intensity of this increases until I say "it is time we got out of the house". I was genuinely scared that the house was about to go down. As we are going down the stairs, Justine says we should go back and turn the fire off!!! So, like an idiot, I start going back up the (shaking) stairs then it starts to ease off. So, we go back into the living room (which is upstairs), sit back down and get back to what we were doing. It really was quite scary. I have experienced maybe 15 or so tremors since we have been here so they do not bother me too much but this one...... wow.
Other than that, we have started our Greek lessons again and already seeing improvement. They will be every Tuesday and Friday now. Also, I have unofficially started my Open University course. The site is now live but the official start date is the 5th February. It looks as though it is going to be fun although maybe a little heavy in places.
Whilst unlikely, I am thinking about a trip to UK / France in either April or May. Two great bands are touring the UK then but not sure which, if any I will go to. There is Danger Danger and Soul Sirkus. Soul SirkUS are basically a "super group" comprising members of Journey, Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake, Bad English etc. and are mighty fine!
Anyway, thats all for now
Keep Safe