Week 1 in Lipsi
…consisted of mostly weeding and sleeping on beaches. And when I say weeding I don’t mean pulling out a few annoying plants around the grape vines. I mean violently hacking down every last tree-trunk-like thorny-stemmed monster on the property with a dull machete. While avoiding the wolf spiders and their massive webs. I’m already desensitized to all the creepy bugs that live on the farm…just kidding, I have nightmares about them.
So yea besides the weeding we did a little bit of painting in the new wine cellar, cleaned up the beach by Kostas’ cousins’ restaurant on the other side of the island, milked a goat and made cheese with it in ten minutes, baked leg of lamb, made some herb bread, showed some Germans and Kiwis around the farm and sold them some olive oil. Good stuff.
We only work 5-6 hours a day, so when we’re not working we’re usually at the local bakery trying a new dessert, hanging out at Nico’s restaurant for some fried calamari and stuffed eggplant (and free wine, always a free pitcher of wine, sometimes followed by ouzo), or at one of several beaches. Yesterday I had the whole day off and hiked up and over the mountain to Platys, the beach we cleaned up earlier this week, and spent the day reading, swimming, and burning/browning (sorry dad, sunscreen wasn’t strong enough).
I love Greece so much! The relaxed lifestyle, the warm and friendly people… A truck stopped for me yesterday on my way to the beach and an old farmer offered me a ride and invited me for coffee later with him and his wife at their house on the mountain. This is, apparently, a regular occurrence - got a ride in the back of a gardeners truck on my way into town the day before that - and something I could very easily get used to (and already am).