On Sunday, I had so much planned to catch up on and do; I have projects I need to finish and personal deadlines I wanted to meet, but on Saturday morning we were invited to a party of sorts, it was the Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday here on Crete and the neighbours were having a gathering next door to celebrate with a feast. They have been fasting for many weeks, no meat or dairy, and then at the end they have a rather meaty shindig – how could we possibly say no to this?
So, I decided to give myself a break, and go to the party. I am SO glad we went, it was awesome!
We Had Spit Roast Pork.
The people on Crete are different from any type of people I have ever met in the world, they are friendly, outgoing, happy, welcoming and very kind – certainly not what you would expect from a country supposedly in crisis. One of the locals did point out to me that Crete is not in Greece, Crete is Crete. We brought them bread and Ouzo, ate their food, drank their wine, mingled with their family, our kids played with their kids, and they didn’t know us from Adam.
In the village where we are staying, it’s fairly rural, I like rural, my business is such a busy place, that when I switch off the computer, I also switch of the busy ‘fast pace’ of my online life, it’s like living in 2 worlds at the same time, and also having the best of both worlds. We got asked by several people at the party how it was possible for us to live here for a year or more without work, basically how we could work from anywhere in the world; when my husband and I tell people we work on the Internet doing online business, I just hope they don’t think we sell porn – seriously, in most places I have visited, the people think the Internet is for checking email, chatting on IM or looking at porn – Ahem… anyway. People smiled and nodded politely.
We Had Smoked Lamb.
The feast was amazing, all the family was together cooking, talking, drinking – above all laughing… the old men were peeling beans they had grown in the garden, and I also believe the meat was supplied, courtesy of the sheep flock, also at the end of the garden! What a life… A pig and sheep were roasting on a spit, there was a fire built on the ground where legs of lamb were being cooked on skewers, this was real outdoor ‘living off the land’ at its finest.
Chef Calved The Meat On A Tree Trunk Covered In Salt.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and I ate the best ‘freshest’ lamb I have ever tasted. Sometimes you just have to say ‘sod it’ and take the day off, you never know where you might go, and what could happen. We left shortly before the Greek Karaoke began lol.