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    • Day 4

      My new remote office setup

      November 7 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      This time I once more optimized my remote office setup - a hub and an external travel monitor have been added.

      Until now I didn't have a hub with me, but worked with a small USB-C-A adapter, so two USB-A and two USB-C ports were enough. This saved space, but the adapter was fragile and wobbly. I now have a small 4-port USB-A hub, which makes a solid impression.

      I also got an external travel monitor from Dell from my company - that's 1000 times better, now I can have the video conference on one monitor and the screen share on the other - that's a quantum leap! Until now I had decided against an external travel monitor because I couldn't assess the quality. But my company had one in stock and after trying it out I was sold!

      The external travel monitor fits in my laptop bag, so I do not really need more space.
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    • Day 5

      Das kleine Dörfchen Matala

      April 19, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Mátala ist ein Dorf an der Südküste der griechischen Insel Kreta, im Regionalbezirk Iraklio. Nach dem griechischen Mythos war Matala der Ort, an dem Zeus in Stiergestalt mit der von ihm entführten phönizischen Prinzessin Europa an Land gingRead more

    • Day 23

      Greece. Crete and Christening Crashing.

      November 25 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Sometimes the best days happen because they're not planned. The spontaneity eliminates expectations; and today was a shining example of how glad I am to not have planned detail to the minutiae on this incredible voyage.

      I'm sleeping a lot. Acknowledging my body may also be demanding recoup after the calamitous pace of the journey so far. I'm listening. I'm grateful. The late nights and sips are a version of me I no longer recognise. I now demand solitude. Movies. An occasional wine. Herbal tea and early nights. The bartender closest to my room knows my order well. A pina colada. No alcohol. A pineapple coconut slushie really. Early nights and Netflix.

      I'd researched a little (in fairness, only in the previous days), what Heraklion (Crete), Greece had to offer and was reminded of one of the few history lessons I recall being interested in. The mythological story of Theseus and the Minotaur, based in crete, captivated the 14 year old in me. I wasn't able to honour this history lesson, though today's adventures filled my heart in a way Mrs Maggs (sorry, we once referred to her as Mrs Scraggs) my year 7 & 8 history teacher never could.

      I met Ian and Annie the moment I boarded this cruise. I decided after my tribulations in Istanbul that morning, and desire for a lengthy afternoon siesta, a red with lunch was the order of the day. I met Ian as he heard my Aussie accent ordering such red. "How typical! An Aussie at the bar!". My reply of "Get f*cked!" Aussie slang for I see you too bro, cemented our friendship.

      I commenced this morning not knowing what I was capable of. No plans in place. I met Ian in the corridors after breakfast. He had planned to explore Crete in the exact way I'd mentally pieced together, and we agreed to meet at 10am. Disembark. And see what eventuated.

      For some context, Ian is close to one of the most empathic, kind, hilarious people I've met in my time on this planet. Top of the corporate game, he gave it all up to care for his sister, who'd been disabled after an MVA in the prime of her life.

      His compassion, wit and hilarity is contagious. A story for context:

      Ian: I've done a lot of cruises and noticed on all the cruise itineraries a daily meeting for Bill W. I thought. Who is this Bill W and why is he on every cruise I book? I attended the meeting one day, curious to know who Bill W is /was. Drink in hand, I walk in. Late. All eyes on me. And the next person stands. Introduces themselves. Hi. I'm Bob. I'm an addict of 7 years and... IT WAS / IS an AA / NA meeting. Ian attended with drink in hand 🤣🤣, completely unawares. And made a quick exit shortly thereafter.

      Our morning in Crete was as equally hilarious. We wandered. Dined. We found ourselves in the oldest restaurant in Crete and enjoyed fine Greek tea. Pastries. Ice cream.

      We shopped. I tried on a lux Euro jacket and purchased a handheld "Looking Cute" handheld mirror to take the p*ss out of ourselves and the many tour directors holding up similar placards.

      The highlight of our day was crashing a Christening. Little Eggapai (that's our name for her) enjoyed a few tourists in the church. We were kind enough to donate for our prayers. We are planning on crashing a wedding sometime tomorrow.

      Another unexpectedly perfect day with new friends.

      Antio sas Crete, from some Aussie Cretins.
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    • Day 2


      May 16 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Die Schlucht von Agiofarango ( habe ich ewig lange auf meiner Explore-Liste und gestern war es dann soweit. Unmittelbar nach dem Kloster wird die Straße zu Schotter und schlängelt sich ca. 7km vom Berg runter ans Meer bzw bis etwa 1,5 davor, denn weiter kommt man nicht.

      Vom Parkplatz bis ans Wasser läuft man durch eine superschöne Schlucht mit etlichen großen und offenen Höhlen, in denen die Glocken der Ziegen wie in einem Auditorium verstärkt und dann von der gegenüber liegenden Wand wiedergeschallt werden.

      Der Weg durch die Schlucht schlängelt sich durch ein breites Flussbett, das jetzt im Frühjahr voll mit blühenden Oleander-Büschen steht, in dem aber erstaunlicherweise kein Tropfen Wasser mehr zu sehen ist.

      Bisweilen begegnen uns sehr entspannte Ziegen, die offenbar ziemlich an Menschen gewöhnt sind, von denen hier im Tagesverlauf etliche durchtoben. Agiofarango ist ein beliebtes Ziel von Jeep Safaris aus den Hotels an der zentralen Nordküste.

      Das schmälert allerdings keineswegs das tolle Erlebnis dieser grandiosen Landschaft - auch wenn mit Servus grűßende Bayern entgegen kommen 🙄

      Am Ende der Wanderung gibt es eine willkommene Erfrischung bei Kuna Muta, einem ausrangierten Imbisswagen aus Deutschland mit tollem Angebot vom perfekt entspannten Bilderbuch-Kreter als Betreiber, der sich gern aus seiner Hängematte erhebt, sobald Gäste kommen! Wir hatten frischen Orangensaft und leckere Falafeln zu einem Preis, zu dem in Deutschland niemand auch nur die Klappe des Wagens öffnet geschweige denn mit dem alten Passat jeden Tag 7km Schotter runter und 7km Schotter wieder hoch fährt.
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    • Day 33

      Canyon St. SAVA

      January 20 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Unsere Tour heute ging heute fast ausschließlich über Naturstraßen weiter. Ca. 40 km wurden mit einer Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit von 14 km/h gefahren.

      Dafür gab es spektakuläre Blicke in schmale Canyons, kreisende Adler am Himmel und einen zur Zeit absolut menschenleeren Strand "PARALIA TRIPITIS". Zur Saison wohnen an diesem Strand viele "Aussteiger", die ihre Geschäfte mit den Strandtouristen machen.

      Und das Beste war: Auf dem Weg dorthin trafen wir auf Michel, einen älteren Griechen. Er wohnt in dieser einsamen Gegend in seinem uralten Wohnwagen und bestreitet seinen Lebensunterhalt von seinen 700 Ziegen. Er stellte eine Rhaki-Flasche auf den Tisch, wir steuerten Kaffee und Kekse bei und mit Händen und Füßen wurde sich verständigt.
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    • Day 6

      Do I look hungry?

      November 9 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      I really don't know what happened today, but obviously two of the same things happened today.

      When I was down in the tavern on the beach 🏖️ and looked into the kitchen to see if the landlord was there, he came right around the corner and brought me some refreshment 🍹. But not only that, he went across the beach to his friend and got a portion of dolmades, half of which he put on my table. He asked if I liked dolmades - of course I like dolmades! I wasn't allowed to pay any of it today...

      But that wasn't enough - when I came back from swimming 🌊 after the lunch break, someone called down from the balcony: "Gina!" the dad of the house - the mom is currently in the other house. Then there was a rattle on the stairs and knock, knock, knock, dad was standing in front of the door. With a mountain of dolmades and three pitakia filled with spinach.

      What is happening? I certainly don’t look hungry! 🤣
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    • Day 8

      On weekends the village wakes up

      November 11 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      On weekends the village wakes up.

      You can hear it from afar when the vegetable 🥕🥦🥒🍅 car comes whining down the serpentines. The loudspeaker 📢 is screaming loud and plays Greek music 🎶.

      On several corners it stops, so people don't have to go all the way to the beach and it is loaded with all kinds of vegetables. The scales ⚖️ are hanging at the back.

      On the beach it stands next to Vageli's tavern, at whose tables the entire village community 👬👫👭🧑‍🤝‍🧑 sits and eats lunch. Everyone except the village women who swim in the sea 🌊 and exchange the latest village gossip. This can be heard from far away 🔊 but understood only if you speak Greek 🤣.

      And finally the blaring vegetable car falls silent because the vegetable man has sat down at the village community table for an ouzo 🥤.

      And I'm sitting in the middle, observing everything 🤣.
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    • Day 27

      Ordinary working day

      November 30 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Today is an ordinary working day and the waves have calmed down. I‘m going to miss this view from my balcony office 🌊🌞❤️ - back home there will presumably be gray sky, clouds and rain. So no more morning swim routine 😢.

      But I’m already looking forward to my next workation… mid of January to mid of March on the south cost of Sicily…. phew…
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    • Day 2

      My private beach

      November 5 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Tri Ekklisies is a very small coastal town in the south of Crete on the rugged mountains. ⛰️

      There is a tavern on the beach 🏖️ but the small supermarket is closed at this time of year.

      It's has still fantastic 27 degrees outside 🌞 and the sea 🌊 is still nice and warm. That will definitely change in the next 4 weeks.

      But now I'm fresh out of the water 🏊 and it's getting hot 😂. The beach is a 5-minute walk from my apartment. But I walked for 10 minutes because here is a completely deserted beach where I can go into the water without a bathing suit. Great!

      I'll test the tavern later. ❤️
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    • Day 24

      All over the mountains

      November 27 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Today we went all over the mountains.

      The unpaved roads that I had chosen for today were hardly passable anymore, every now and then I had to get out and clear stones out of the way or reduce the weight of the car.

      But I was too interested in what this small economic valley looks like. And we did it! We got to the intersection after the Εκκλησία Αγία Ειρήνη then we could have only continued with all-wheel drive and more ground clearance.

      I had expected to reach Εκκλησία Αγία Ειρήνη at best, but we even made it a few meters further.

      It was a great tour and I've already decided: I'll be back. The magnificent landscape, microclimate and hospitable people obviously stole my heart 😍.
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