‘Dwell in Possibility’
|Taygetos Mountains - Peloponnese, Greece|
Our trip to Greece last spring had a two-fold purpose: one was the enjoyment of revisiting as much of this vast country as our time allowed and the other was to pursue a daydream – to search for ‘that’ stone house.
Our search did continue. We set off on our own – sometimes ending up in the most interesting places, usually near and sometimes in an olive grove. Often times not finding a house but always having an adventure, like the day we came face-to-face with this cow. You know the thought going through her mind, “OMG! What are those crazed tourists doing here?!”
|Homes we visited in the Peloponnese - 'The Scout' at work|
|Street Scene near Kalamata Municipal Market|
We spent more than a week exploring this part of the country following looping roads to, and through, small mountain villages or to the beaches that dot the coastline. At the end of each day we retreated to our hotel, sipped wine at sunset and pondered buying a home. There were pluses and minuses and we probably exhausted them all on those quiet hours watching the day come to a close. ‘Were we too old?’ ‘Did we have another adventure left in us?’ (We did own homes in Mexico for 15 years – but then that was back some years ago. . .)
We didn’t fret about things like is there health care available and whether people spoke English here (those are questions we’ve been asked since we returned home – the answer is ‘yes’, to both in case you are wondering).
We also discussed the logistics and requirements. We’d learned that buying a home in a foreign country requires a few more steps than forking over a deposit – in Greece a ‘stranger’ (as they call foreigners) must have a Greek bank account and have a Greek tax ID number. Both of those were steps we could take just in case . . .but in the end, we didn’t.Our concern was the impact such a purchase would have on our current travel life – Would it open new avenues of adventure or limit our travels?
|A Map in the Lap and my travel journal - necessities of a road trip|
We had at least moved those daydreams to possibilities. . .we could now 'dwell in possibility'. . .
As you might have guessed this story’s ending hasn’t yet been written. Although, we’ve finally answered those questions we pondered so regularly at sunset. I’ll tell you the answers and, perhaps, the ending of this daydream in a future post. Stay tuned. . .
Thanks for the time you’ve spent with us today!
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