Apparently in Eastern European countries it is a nice family tradition to walk in the forest and pick mushrooms. My friends, Alex and Caroline, are from Poland and they love to do this! They say it is a nice time that grandparents spend with their grandchildren teaching them about the different types of mushrooms to eat. It’s a family event.
Here are some they picked and cleaned a couple of weeks ago. They brought me some chanterelles the other day- yum! They encouraged me to melt a little bit of butter, add salt and pepper, and lightly cook them in a pan. Delicious- I ate them all myself.
When we were in Greece we met a couple from Sweden. I asked them to tell me something about Sweden I wouldn’t know. They said most Swedish people eat tacos every Friday! I thought they were teasing me so I didn’t write it. Then today I met a young lady from Denmark and they are very close in location and culture. She said it is true for them as well. They love their tacos! I know in Texas some restaurants had Taco Tuesday but that was for an amazing deal on tacos!
Well, we are getting close to begin packing our things up here. I have been thinking about the blog and if it should just end. I will not be having much to write about I don’t think after we return. I am just going to pray about it for now. See what happens in our lives….
Last Tuesday my new friend Natalia called me and invited me to dinner at our other’s friends house, Mallini. These young ladies I met recently at the cheese shop. Natalia, the blonde, is from Poland and is a student there. She is studying navigation which is the study of being a captain of a ship. Mallini is from Malaysia and is a biology student at the Uni here. We all have food in common- we love to eat it!
Mallini had us to her house and fixed us a delicious curry meal. It was spicy and wonderful with big pieces of salmon in it. I loved it. She told me about her country and I will have to write about that in another post.
Natalia likes to cook as well and she fixed us dessert. She made some pancakes and layered a mascarpone cheese mixture between them. Then she drizzled honey over them, placed raspberries on top, and sprinkled crushed shortbread cookies over the entire thing. Yum! You know shortbread is huge here in Scotland and the #1 rated is called Chrystelle’s.
I thought is was so nice of them to invite me to join them. I am so blessed to have so many friends from all over the world. I hope God will continue to bring people into our lives wherever we live because Kent and I both enjoy learning about other people and their cultures. By the way, check out Mallini’s blog called mylittlefryingpan.blogspot.co.uk
We are thankful we got to visit. We enjoyed the time and the sunshine. We are trying to decide if we should cram in one more trip before we go back to the US. We don’t want to regret not taking advantage of living here and the low airline fares.
With Greece having their financial crisis, we were concerned about going on our trip. Actually, you would not have known there was any problem except some places preferred us to use cash. Other than that, it was business as usual. The people know they have a short period of time when the tourists come to work hard and make a majority of their money for the year.
We met this lady at her restaurant on a very private beach. We stopped for coffee and before we left we were in her kitchen and she was showing us different foods they eat. One food (we never got the name) was a cucumber but if you let it ripen it became a sweet fruit. She was so nice and her whole family worked there. Her parents had passed it on to she and her husband even though they were still there. Her son and daughter were waiting tables, and her smaller daughter would just help with whatever needed to be done.
This is Ilias. He is a fantastic waiter. We didn’t find the Greeks to be outgoing, but Ilias was so he stood out. He had lived in FL with his uncle and worked at his restaurant so he knew how to be personable but not overbearing. We really enjoyed his restaurant on the beach.
We met a super couple from Australia that were staying near us. We started talking to them on our patios and they came over and chatted with us the last night. They were Christians so it seemed like we were family by the time we left. I wish I had gotten a picture of them. They were great!
Found another sunset picture that didn’t come out too well.
We didn’t know that where you stay on the island is a big deal as far as getting to see the sun set. It’s just so beautiful that people plan where they will be at that time so they can get to view it. We were so fortunate because we picked the right side of the island to stay on. We forgot our fancy camera so unfortunately we only have phone pictures. I am sure googling “Santorini sunsets” would give you much better pictures than I got.
One night the clouds came rolling in so fast and they covered the sun right at the time it was about to set. I have never been in clouds like that. They were literally coming toward us and enveloped us.
It was good to just sit and appreciate God’s creation. I kept wanting to shout “Glory to God!”
Santorini has different colored beaches due to the volcanic eruption. The White Beach we couldn’t get to unless we went by ferry which we didn’t get around to doing. The Red Beach was gorgeous. Here is the Red Beach.
These pictures aren’t showing how red the rock formations really were. The other beach is the Black Beach. The sand is actually grey I think and really HOT! It was beautiful though.
The sea was so quiet and still. It wasn’t at all like going to Myrtle Beach in SC. We sat under the umbrellas and couldn’t hear the waves come in and out at all. That was the only negative to the beaches in Greece- oh, and the one topless girl and the bikini bottoms that don’t cover all the way.