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Mood fine, weather’s fine

After a relaxing Easter holiday which was followed by a very stressful week of work, I’m back – working and blogging. The weather mysteriously matched my mood, day after day (a rather self-centered thought I guess). When I went to Pelion, a mountain in central-eastern Greece known for its exquisite nature and pristine beaches, I felt quite happy – and the sun was shining bright and hot. This continued until the last day when I started packing and it hit me how much work awaited me on my desk – clouds started gathering and the temperature dropped a notch.

Sunshine and blossoms in Pelio

Sunshine and blossoms in Pelion

Back in Athens, I realized I had to cram to meet my deadlines – more clouds, and lower temperature. On Thursday and Friday, when I was too tired to even think how tired I was, it even rained a bit. I managed to fit everything in this week and now I have a few hours off to relax – I look out the window and the sun is out again, shining bright over the low-rise buildings. A mystery.

I also decided to behave like a child and not resolve another pending personal issue involving an adult. Sounds confusing? You should see what’s happening in my head. Anyway, next week will be just as stressful so I’ll try to load up my batteries during the weekend. How did we end up living for Saturday and Sunday?

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In Season

Daily Prompt: Turn, turn, turn. I know it’s a cliché, but I’m a huge fan of all seasons. My biological clock needs them to fine-tune itself. Spring has definitely arrived fast and furious in Greece. This is how it looks outside now:

Spring in Greece

Spring in Greece

Climate change has altered the intensity of seasons. Winters are getting more erratic, with snowstorms occurring more often (by Greek standards), even in low-elevation cities like Athens.  This is a picture I took a year ago when snow covered my neighborhood which is located a mere 500 meters from the seaside!

winter in the city

winter in the city

Winter in the countryside is magical.

snow in the mountains

Snow in the mountains

In all honesty, autumn in the city is so subtle, it is only felt if you live in rural areas. So if you live in Athens, Autumn feels more like an extended, cooler period before winter. A journey to the countryside though will allow you to absorb the changes taking place in nature.

Autumn foliage in the mountains of Greece

Autumn foliage in the mountains of Greece

Of course, the season mostly associated with Greece is summer. And here’s why.

Summer in the Greek islands

Summer in the Greek islands