It all started in Greece, and it started again in Greece, and so on, and so on, and so on...
Exactly two years ago I had a sabbatical. That absolutely amazing time, off from work, where for the first time in my life, I officially tried "to find myself"! I'm a baby-boomer, so finding yourself, was never a legitimate option to press the pause button, and figure it all out. But in 2008, I decided to take a good chunk of my sabbatical in Greece. Yes, to enjoy the sun, the sea, the wine, tsipouro, feta, olives, read a stack of books, spend time with my dear husband and rest. Also, to ground myself where it all began, the birthplace of my grandparents, my foundation and stock up on all that came before me.
A change was coming, and I wanted to be ready.
Μια φορά κι έναν καιρό ... once upon a time, this Kalliope was planning a change. After a long awaited, much deserved sabbatical, where she saw blue sea and blue skies in every direction she looked. She returned to the same job, at the same place, but as any good story goes... she wasn't the same.
It took almost two years, but what started in Greece in 2008, has
played itself out, and 2010 was a year of tremendous change. Finding
yourself takes time! Getting grounded, finding strength and believing
in all that came before you as your trusted guide planted the seed.
The summer she stood in the church in Elatos where her yiayia was christened... sat in the square in Agios Andreas that her sweet papou told her about ... read Greek coffee grounds with her yiayia's niece and family... and discovered the street in Gardiki where her papou's family still live and which bears the family name, nothing would be the same when she returned.
We're heading back to Greece again this summer, to the same wonderful place, where I can see blue sea and blue skies in every direction I look.