stelios knows this region well, and so he invited us all to go camping next to a sweet little chapel on the hillside above the town where he was busking. we played tunes and made up stuff for a few hours. we unfortunately had neglected to buy wine, so the energy of the party was somewhat compromised without the influence of dionysos...
i played finger cymbals...
and i turned the lectern into a drum.... mary surprised herself by playing the bouzouki well... i think it was her first time ever on the instrument!
but stelios is a MASTER musician; he was generous and patient enough to play with a bunch of hippies from the north... you ROCK, stelios! (well, in a traditional cretan kind of way...)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Saturday, November 5, 2011
i took chocolate to the top of mount olympus and made an offering of it to zeus et alii, because the official linnean name of chocolate is cacao theobroma = food of the gods.
my new friends mary and pete shared a bit of the offering, and later we shared several liters of wine at the Refuge.
Friday, November 4, 2011
i mentioned to my hiking companions that there are chamois (a.k.a. gemsen) in this area, and then they were there-- we saw them just a minute or two after we referred to them! . a few minutes later one of my buddies mentioned birds, and then several crows swooped down on us.... a bit later we were talking about the lack of butterflies, and then we noticed a pair of them.... so i chanted "world peace... happiness for all sentient beings... world peace... happiness for all sentient beings..."
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
the path up the mountain crosses a river (creek?) several times, and every crossing includes a lovely pool with a waterfall. i am certain that they are brilliant little swimming holes during the summer, but it was WAY too cold to consider a dip in october...
this sacred cave features a spring which magically appears right out of the rock. the little hut was once a hermit's lodge and is now a chapel for passers-by.
this is the holy spring as it comes to the surface.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
the town of litochoro is the main starting-point for an ascent up mount olympus. this is how it looks in the morning: i was just heading out for the nine-hour hike up to the refuge. that big chunk of stone looks distant, but it was just the very beginning: look at how it appears from above (in a photo to be posted later).