“Travels to a Different Time” : 1August2000; Samos, Greece: Salivating Dog Wants My Jugular; The Impeccable Logic of Greek Coffee

After breakfast down the hill to Vathi to pick up a ticket on Olympic Airways to Athens. I sometimes go down a dirt path as a shortcut but there is a vicious dog that would like to sink his teeth in my neck and rip it out. Thank goodness the brute is chained but I wonder if he ever escaped they would have to return me to Canada in a pine box. Purchased the ticket. Wandered over to the main church and a great selection of icons. Had a coffee at a Starbucks looking place and it was a top-rated latte! They also have an imitation McDonalds here in Vathi. No thanks. Greeks are huge coffee drinkers. Traditional Greek coffee time seems to be at 16:00 after an afternoon nap. Impeccable logic to deal with post nap grogginess. Morning day and night. Café frappé is very big in Greece and understandable considering the heat. Unfortunately someone had stepped in horse manure so there was more than coffee aromas in the café!  Salad and fish for lunch and off to Kedro beach and this time big waves with some 20 people at the beach including a large contingent of topless German women who somewhat scandalize the locals.

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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