A month in Greek paradise...
One volunteer, Mr. Richard, from Luxembourg via New Zealand and France, took it upon himself to explore beaches far beyond the normal ones covered by the camp volunteers. One evening as the air and sand had cooled a bit, I and a few other volunteers, headed to a far-away beach where Richard had spotted a nest (presently, Neil has just received an email that Mr. Richard has even found nests while holiday ing on the Greek island of Kos!) After digging for what seemed like hours, we thought there were surely no eggs. Nevertheless, Richard found them tucked in the extremities of the nest camouflage. We then headed over to the local taverna for a celebratory drink as the sun fell, and listened to a remix of The Door’s “L.A Woman” on the drive back to camp through Greece’s beautiful mountains.
On the weekly taverna night, the group goes-out to eat a pre-paid feast, the campers headed to Mavrovouni to fill-up on a huge amount of fried zucchini and fried cheese, as well as potatoes and other Greek meals I wouldn’t know what to call; but they’re great. After one volunteer ate a good five servings of everything (me), we enjoyed a nice walk back to camp via the beach (though we stayed well away from turtle-nesting grounds).
I was able to jam with the band to some blues, and other musicians who had come out that night began playing as well. Taylor, Neil, Juliana, myself, and a bunch of great local people I’d met over the month, danced until it was morning survey time. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas on our ride back. We then had to walk to Vathi, the nearest beach, for a swim and snooze, (and morning survey for Neil) until the petrol stations were to open for the day. Man, what a night! What an adventure the last month was!
Over and out
Mia Pearson (Canada)
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