“Travels to a Different Time” : 6September2022: Samos, Mytilini, Greece: Small Mountain Town off the Grid: Surveying Earthquake Damage

The sleeps are improving. Three days in Greece and finally feeling human. That 8-hour time difference from Toronto takes its toll plus the two flights. Off to the Doryssa breakfast at 09:00. Sweet watermelon, grapefruit slices, Greek yogurt and honey, a slice of yogurt cake and two cups of green tea. Not having tattoos, I feel out of place. Aside from the children just about everyone here at Doryssa has tattoos from young parents to 300-pound grannies. On younger people tattoos can have some artistic charm but as you age they start looking a bit raunchy. The staff just can’t seem to keep up with the breakfast surge. Short waits for replacement platters, utensils and cups. A result of COVID or cost cutting to compensate for loss of revenue due to COVID? The quantity of items at the buffet has decreased from our last visit.

One of two small restaurants in Mytilini (Photo Robert K. Stephen)

Off to T and P’s house in Mytilini for a light lunch. T and P are our Australian friends we made on our last visit to Samos. T and P are Aussie expats. We took the long route which is scenic up through scrub and pine forest. We were behind a tractor for half the trip and with winding narrow roads no passing opportunities. T was supposed to meet us at the village supermarket but due to some miscommunication he was not at the meeting place so we did find someone that knew T and P and guided us to their beautiful renovated house. There was some minor earthquake damage from the earthquake a few days ago. Mytilini is a quiet town bereft of tourists. A main street with a few shops with narrow winding streets to small homes. Two small restaurants. P was her usual ebullient self and of course being such a great chef there was no “light lunch” and instead a shrimp appetizer, a tower of roasted pork, chicken stifado, scalloped potatoes with rosé and white wine. I simply could not eat her homemade blueberry cheesecake! We talked about how reliant Greece is on tourism particularly the island of Samos that closes to tourists by mid October. The EU has given Greece 800 million Euros to help its tourist industry recover.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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