'All who wander are not lost.'
-- J. R. R. Tolkien
|Greek islands in the sun - roads to wander|
Wander – to move in a leisurely, casual way
Wonder – desire to be curious or to know something
|The path to Mystras|
‘Little by little, one travels far.'
--- J.R.R. Tolkien
Like us, they recognize that this chosen lifestyle is a launch pad to new adventures on this side of the Atlantic. Flights to new destinations in other countries take a matter of hours instead of days; the costs of such flights are affordable.
|Wacky, windy roads in the Peloponnese|
|Hopping a Greek ferry - a favorite wander|
Often times wonder and wander are what we discuss when ex pats gather for long-leisurely coffee klatches, a drink at sunset or meals together.
|Wine and wonder-lust/wanderlust|
Today I wandered away from writing this post to research J.R.R. Tolkien after I came across a few quotes of his to use in it. I wondered why I hadn’t read more by him before. This Englishman, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was not only a writer but poet and philosopher and a university professor.
|Roads to wander in the Greek Peloponnese|
'It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.’
-- J. R. R. Tolkien
Don’t get me wrong, we expats still have plenty of daily chores to do and sometimes living in a foreign land makes for even more chores than had we continued our comfortable lives back home. (Sometimes those chores make us ‘wonder’ why we wanted to ‘live differently’ in the first place.)
|A garbage stop is a routine chore around our village|
'All we have to decide is
what to do with the time given us.'
-- J.R.R. Tolkien
That’s it for this week from The Stone House on the Hill. For those back in the States we wish you a happy Thanksgiving week and to all of you, our thanks for the time you’ve spent with us.
We sincerely hope your future wonders and wanders take you to some delightful places. We’ll be back next week ~ hope you will be here as well!
Linking up this week with:
Through My Lens
Our World Tuesday
Travel Photo Thursday –
Best of Weekend