“Travels to a Different Time” : 13September2022: Mr. Handicapped in Nightmare Alley: Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece

The ankle has worsened. Fotini went down for breakfast. I have not eaten in two days. Packed up and limped to the waiting car to Thessaloniki Airport. Again on the wheelchair all the way into the plane. Me and a 90-year-old grandmother hoisted on the plane. Very dispiriting. A smooth 45-minute flight to Athens on Aegean Air. Wheeled around in a wheelchair in Athens Airport. How bad can this get! Our car pick-up was not there so Fotini had to make a few calls. What a ride once we arrived at city centre. Once you are off the main streets tiny winding streets. What a nightmare for parking! Renovated low rise hotel full of young travelers. Matchbox size room with a huge shower stall but a funky smell in the bathroom. Only one chair and nowhere to sit. Really thin towels. I limped to the corner for some baguette sandwiches and to a snooty and overpriced wine store. Watched more of the royal death watch crap on TV, had a shower and went to bed. Suffering badly I just want to go home. I feel like I am living in Nightmare Alley. When I return home I will relentlessly push to get a firm answer about this ankle situation. You have to assert yourself in this falling apart Canadian medical system.

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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