“Travels to a Different Time” : August 8-10, 1970, Skopelos, Greece: Big Game Hunter Spears a Prize! Why Are These People Staring at Us?

August 8, 1970: I woke up at seven to get some fresh bread and we had strawberry jam, bread and hardboiled eggs for breakfast. We took the 9 am bus to the beach with Theodore, Rick and Dee. We preordered our lunch of calamari before walking down to the beach. Theodore borrowed my speargun but had no luck. Then Theodore and Rick (the bearded one) went out on an air mattress and called out to me they spotted an octopus swimming under a rock. I swam out and they pointed out where the octopus had gone. After 4 unsuccessful tries I finally bagged it! I pulled it out of the water and Theodore screamed out. We brought it to shore and a small crowd of people gathered to look at the prize. We took it up after I had beat the octopus on a rock which the local fisherman pound on the rocks to tenderize it to the restaurant where they said they would cook it when we were to arrive for lunch of our calamari but when we arrived for lunch they apologized as they forgot to cook it. Theodore and his girl friend took my octopus with them to our usual restaurant in town and asked them to cook it for dinner.

We stayed until 5:30 and Dee had a bad sunburn. The bus came rumbling in at 6:30 and there were so many people on it not everyone could get in. But the bus driver said he would be back in twenty minutes to pick up the people who did not get on the first bus. Someone waiting for the bus swiped a bunch of plums from an orchard and gave them to the waiting passengers. We went out for dinner and as we sat down it began to rain for a few minutes. That is the first time we have seen rain in Greece. We enjoyed our octopus grilled and tender! But the power went off twice during our dinner. Theodore, his girlfriend and Rick and Dee went to the Sirene discotheque after a pastry in the town square.

August 9 ,1970: Those church bells again at 7 a.m. waking everyone up. There also was no water. We squished into the bus with Rick and Dee to go to a beach called Androssos but we had to get on a launch for a 5-minute trip to get to the beach. The water has an oily film and there were too many jellyfish. We took the boat back to the shore unhappy about the oily water and jellyfish. I have seen many tar blobs in Greek beaches but never any oil. We had lunch on shore. Mom and I had fish and Dee and Rick had lobster. Rick and I went snorkeling and Dee and Mom went to a churchyard for a sleep in the shade.

August 10, 1970: Those darn bells pealing at 7 a.m. woke everyone else again! Rick and Dee were going to the mainland to a town called Volos to pick up their car and head back to England. As when we arrived while we were packing up the manager’s family came to stare at us so I had to kick them out. We were so sick of this lack of privacy we decided to leave two days earlier and head to Volos with Rick and Dee. We dragged our suitcases down to the docks and had a big farewell lunch before boarding the FB/Sykros for our sail to Volos.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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