Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dorian...

I woke up this morning feeling this urge to write about Dorian. It is the only way to make these demons stop tormenting me.
I met Dorian in 2007. It seemed like a nice cover, something you'd like to taste, but there was always that fear it would taste bitter. After the first page, it got me hooked. Dorian was not just a character in a book that, for some unexplainable reason, would turn out to be  prophetic. Dorian was ME...he was actually the alter ego I had never been aware of. I loved Dorian so much I took him with me and thought about him for quite some time. Then I left him on my shelf and slowly became a distant memory. Until recently... he came back to me in the shape of a dream come true..a temptation that would make  the nights and days burn into a flame so strong that it consumed me...That was my Dorian....and so much more. 

I watched all screenings and Wilde's biography, watched the other movies inspired from his work...I couldn't have enough of it. I kept digging and digging searching for some cryptic meaning meant to give me the key to Dorian's secret. There must be more, I thought. It can't be it...and I found it! The secret revealed itself: Dorian needed me..he was searching for me, too. I couldn't say no, I couldn't fight it and surely I couldn't control it because his power over me was so fierce that I surrendered myself living the dream , the hell, the excitement, the pain, the joy, the missing, the tears, the passion...two forces so strong united and yet...so bad for each other.

I will always keep Dorian with me...after all he never left, he's been there all the time...but I'm happy I met him...and who knows...maybe one day he'll return to me bringing some other meanings that we have yet to discover. There are still things to be said and done...places to go and explore...laughs to share and fights to fight. It will never be over!






Monday, August 18, 2014

Is it over? This summer I mean...

Oh gosh...been away for so long it's almost impossible to get back on track. I was checking my blog the other day and I almost didn't recognize myself...It seems as if a different person had written the entries ...definitely not me...So many changes in such a short time and I'm not sure I like it. If you're wondering what the heck am I rambling about, well...I can't understand either. I still have a few articles saved as drafts. I think it 's time to get back in the game.
I never liked summer in Greece...I know, makes me sound ungrateful, but it's true. Summer turns me into a vegetable...something like this 
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or a couch potato..like this...hate it!!
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 It's time to break away from it








Saturday, November 23, 2013

October getaway

Ever since I started my own business, the time we spend together as a family has become more and more important. Sometimes we get to spend the weekends together, sometimes we don't. That's why I was looking forward to going somewhere for 3 days as soon as we had the opportunity of doing so , and we got so lucky :October 28th is one of the two( !!)  national holidays here in Greece and we managed to synchronise our schedules . One of the destinations I've had on my mind for a while now, was Lake Doxa . So, Saturday morning, without having packed too much and too many, we commenced our journey.In less than 4 hours we reached our destination but the problem was there were no rooms available. Everything was packed with last minute travellers! We hadn't made any arrangements ahead of time because we weren't 100% sure where we wanted to go , plus, we always managed to find accommodation quite easily.Hungry and anxious, we stopped for lunch and for a short walk, admiring the surroundings. It was indeed a brilliant location.Words are too poor to describe the enthusiasm and wonder we felt . But we were also under pressure...it was getting dark and we still hadn't found suitable accommodation, with the closest town located at about 40 km, I wasn't in the mood of wasting that much time driving places. Then we remembered a little hotel we stayed at, about  2 years ago. It wasn't very close but at least it was in the area, and we got lucky. We checked in and we finally relaxed. Markos was only 4months old when we first came to this area and we had such a wonderful time. So being there 2 years after made  me feel even happier.
Second day started quite early; with the hour change, the kids were awake at 7 am.By 9 am we were out and about, finding a path and just getting lost in the wilderness. Autumn is such a wonderful season if the weather is nice. And expecially  here is Greece this beautiful season  reminds me of the Romanian summers, with a bonus: colorful trees, leaves changing and yet still preserving a taste of summer and green. Absolutely magnificent!
If I had to summarize and decide what the highs and lows were, I'd have to say that we definitely loved the area, the time we spent together, the hiking ...Lake Doxa undoubtedly  lived up to its reputation and the Mountainous Korinthia is a dreamy destination. As for the lows I'd have to mention the fact that it seemed to us a little pricey...starting with the hotels and ending with the restaurants, the whole area doesn't seem to have tasted the crisis that's been torturing Greece for  5 years now (and still counting). Other than that, I'll always remember this trip as one of this autumn's greatest moments.And to prove it, here are some pictures :

Night visitors at the playground

View from our hotel



Keep walking, never look back...

Something to keep the boys busy


Lake Doxa- sunset

a 4 hour  stop in Xylokastro on our way back

a 2 hour stop in Ancient Korinth