I thought I could use my blog to write about my experiences in this first period of my living in Crete without annoying the general forum with my everyday small-talk. And I hope to find the time to insert small reports on things while they happen.
I am still in the stage of "very much newcommer" and my main problem is not knowing the language. I really wish to get to know my neighbours but it's kinda limiting when we never get over
"Kalimera-ticagnis?-kala efkaristo" .
I'm stocking a lot of words in my brain, but as for now they don't seem to want to surface when I need them.
The television is a big help. Because I don't have a disc antenna! Meaning that my TV is able to show 1) the news (they never seems to end!!), 2) sports, and 3) Greek soap-operas. In soaps they never use a very sophisticated language and it's easy to catch a few words now and then: He grab her by the arms and angrily asks: Ine nee oy ochi? They smile and kiss and it all ends in S'agapo and in the meantime you catch some kalimera-kalinikta-antio-tipota-sto kala-yassu-pappuzzia-katastrofi-endaxi-tilefono-etc-etc-etc. The News are also very good since the pictures explain what they are talking about and since the news are always the same (weather-death-politics) after a while the words find their ways to your brain and settle in.
Unfortunately, the concept I learned immediately upon my arrival was: Siga-siga (slowly-slowly) and I'm adapting marvelously. You would never guess I was Danish if seeing how I manage to let days in a row slip without doing nothing-really, just finding places in the house for my stuff, but in a pace that it truly Greek: today I decide where this-or-that picture should hang, tomorrow I stuff all my canned food brought in from Italy in one cupboard instead of scattered on the kitchen table, the day after tomorrow I just sit on the terrace reading or watching the kittens play. (I was immediately adopted by a bunch of kittens, this should get a chapter for itself, and a warning: if you don't want them around make your heart turn into stone and NEVER give them the tinyest bite of anything!!) So to end this siga-siga stuff: I know why the Cretans live so long: they simply need a much longer life to do all the things one normally do in a life-time.
Enough for now, I have an annoying disturbance to see to: Work