That title sums up life in our slice of Greece right now.
Halara under the Almyrikis translates to relaxing under the Tamarisk trees.
|Almyriki on Pantazi Beach, Mani|
Halara, or xalara, (ha - laa - RRRAAH) the newest word in my slowly increasing Greek vocabulary, might just be one of my new favorite words as it so perfectly describes the state of mind one must be in to survive summer in Greece.
|Almyriki shade on Pantazi Beach|
Almyriki, or Tamarisk, trees are unofficial symbols of summer in Greece as many beaches are still lined with these gentle giants sporting wispy green feathers of foliage. Beachgoers vie for coveted spots underrneath them.
|Our Stone House on the Hill in the Greek Mani|
For those who are new to this blog, we are Americans from the Pacific Northwest who left that life behind for an expat adventure in Greece's rural Peloponnese. Summers here remind us of summers in the arid and irrigated regions central Washington State where we grew up. In fact, as I write this, Greece is under an 'excessive heat advisory' just as is Washington. But Greece is actually several degrees cooler right now.
|Almyriki tree in the village|
Today after a sweat-inducing hour or so of watering our plants we headed out to accomplish the simplest of tasks in the village and found ourselves in need of both coffee and halara before we got home. It was while we were sipping cappuccinos at a table under an Almyriki tree, running our flip-flop-clad feet in the sand that I finally understood how perfect the word halara is for life in Greece.
|A few almyriki line the road to the village|
A waiter friend who has been advising me on everyday Greek words, offered the word a few days ago when I had told him to 'take it easy' or 'not work too hard'. He gave me a sly smile and said, "Your new word is 'halara', to relax.". For those who like to double check the things that I write, if you look this one up, it will tell you it means 'loose'. If you look up the slang, it will tell you to 'hang loose', 'relax' or 'take it easy'.
Bits and Bobs
|Stoupa Beach awash in sunbeds|
|A trip to Greece for medical tourism someday?|
|Under construction in March, the W Hotel opens in August|
*A headline appearing in social media yesterday shouted the news that "Athens Airport Named the Best in Europe" however if one reads the whole article, you learn it is the best in Europe to be in if your flight is delayed. And a lot of them are right now. While I can't say any airport is great when it comes to flight delays, I do have to sing the praises of our Athens' airport: modern shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, baggage storage, museum and archaeological displays not to mention cultural shows every so often to entertain travelers.
Can You Go Home Again?
|May not take this many bags back to the US in August|
|The Road Home in Washington State|
|That '71 is the graduation year - not our ages, . . .yet!|
|Under the Almyriki trees|