Just arrived, another test for my memory having been here many times before coma, Greece. I first came here in 1996, I’ve been to a few of the Greek islands, this time just Athens and Santorini. Greece was a time out country when I was working in Germany. I remember also liking Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, Iraqlia, Crete and Samos, going through there to Turkey. I was always taken away by the Caldera of Santorini. Lastly we go to Athens, I remember staying at a friends place very near the Parthenon and Plaka, soon to revisit these places, but first a flight to Santorini.
Writing now from Santorini a day after arrival. Years ago I’d find a room by tout in person but today with the internet Santorini has become an expensive place, exceptionally high prices for a room. Once $20 a night now at least $200 and more, 1000s for views, money has become the god, a tourist mecca. Having been to Santorini many times this might be my last. Perhaps the country that saw to the birth of western civilisation will also see its end, always ahead of the game Greece is. We need to move past money. In truth my walking is making it difficult to get around here, so hilly with steps. Can’t wait for Athens.
There are more than 500 churches in Santorini, and a dormant volcano, a marriage between the physical and spiritual worlds. Indeed Greece is a fertile place for thought exposing much fruit thereof.