Sunday, 1 July 2018
Row Row Row Your Boat ... as fast as you can
School may be out for the summer but there is plenty for kids to do on this small Greek island. Besides jumping fires and dancing the tango the grandchildren are also keen rowers.
The National championships for the younger age group are taking place on Mytilene this weekend. Two of the grandchildren are rowing, one in the single skiff and one in the double.
Mytilene is the port and capitol of the island of Lesbos (pronounced Lesvos) known for its superior ouzo and its salted sardines which are the perfect meze for a glass of ouzo.
Lesbos, opposite the coast of Turkey, is also the site of one of the most overcrowded and violent refugee camps. Hundreds of refugees are still arriving monthly and the camp built for 700 has been extended for thousands.
Life goes on for the locals who live from tourism and an advertising campaign reassures tourists that Lesbos is still an enchanting holiday destination
Here are Team Poros ready to board their first ferry to the Port of Piraeus, a trip of 2 hours. At Piraeus they have a 5 hour wait and then an overnight ferry to Lesvos .
Storm Nefeli has given us alternate days of sunshine and then torrential rain and finally high winds but it seems to be over now and the team had smooth sailing all the way.
The whole family came down to cheer the team onto the boat
Handing over the vittles needed for the journey
Pappou made them a large bowl of traditional keftethakia (meatballs). Loads of mint and garlic, no salt. The aroma of them in the frying pan was tantalising, begging me to devour one ... But I didn't
Greeks can't go on a journey without keftethakia!
Nana provided a bottle of non-traditional ketch-up.
News just coming in from Mytilene
Lydia and Jamie both got into the finals
Libby Loo got the silver medal in the single skiff
Jamie had a terrific race too
A great experience for both of them
Lots of hard training and Pappou's meatballs
A winning combination!