Hook-up with Old friends
On the first of august we hooked up with Ted and Meike, good old friends of mine who were also traveling in the same region only on their way back to Holland. They already left in the spring and went as far as Georgia in the Kaukasus. We decided we should meet, drink beer and exchange the latest gossip as this was long overdue.
The setting of the hook-up was an abandoned camping in Greece which was a tip from Ted. When we arrived there it al looked perfect, an old camping office with all the windows broken, taken over by a pack of stray dogs with puppies! This was of course a bit difficult as the cuteness of the puppies was very high but as we already have enough dogs we decided to leave these with their own family.
As we arrived first, we decided on a nice spot in some bushes, close to the sea. The next day we made a nice camp with some tarps we recently bought and which needed some testing.
Ted and Meike arrived a few hours later in the afternoon and, as they have a 4×4, had their first job ready and waiting for them as a couple had gotten stuck in the sand with their camper.
Ted and me helped pull them out with the 4×4 and this immediately reminded me of old times and past experiences with an old mate. Good start…
Meike introduced us to a new concept. Apparently a German concept, southern Germany to be precise… Which is called brötzeit… Great! You’re in Greece learning a German concept… Ah well, it involved beer… If you want to learn more about this custom, please check Wikipedia, as learning this crew English is taking all my teaching patience ;).
After a few days we were asked to leave the abandoned camping by the police. For some reason we keep on being asked to leave the places we choose to stay. Must be our shining personalities, shining badly on our surroundings. We left for a place close by, a place Meike had already spotted earlier and already had wanted to go (come to think of it, maybe she tipped off the cops?). This was a very interesting place which breath history. It is the site of an old roman city and the place was covered in ruins and other stony leftovers. It was here that we found our first piece of decoration, which was the skeletal remains of a dolphin. As everybody likes dolphins, even if they are dead, and mostly dilapidated, we decided to take it along. We even pondered changing the name of the project to Unexpected Dolphin but after sobering up decided against it.
After spending the final days with our friends with the finale at a very good fish restaurant around the corner the next day we said goodbye and thanked for all the fish (and dolphins)
Saying goodbye sucks….