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Running out of Gas in Spetses

We stopped and had lunch at a small restaurant that operates without electricity.  Crazy to think of!  After lunch we left to go to the beach and sit at a small café.  Us girls left early because the 4 wheeler takes longer.  We never made it.  We ran out of gas.  I started walking towards where everyone would be coming.  I got about a half a mile away before I ran into the rest of the group.  I flagged them down. ‘Nonos’ – “Perriann, what are you doing walking?” Me- “Oh, you know, I just felt like going for a stroll around the island.  But, for reals, we ran out of gas.” ‘Nonos’ gave me a ride back to the girls.  They boys tried to fix the 4 wheeler but were unsuccessful in finding a back up tank. ‘Nonos’ and I headed to the gas station while the rest of the drivers played chauffer to get everyone to the beach.   I was dropped off near the gas station.  I needed to take a long walk and sketch to get rid of the bad vibes of today.  Near the gas station was a small town.  The complex was not like our apartment complexes.  It just had an incredible clean vibe where I wouldn’t see in San Diego or pretty much anywhere else but Greece.  I got to walk along the board walk.  It was beautiful.  I wish I could have walked it earlier I could only get about 5 done.  Half way back it was getting to dark to sketch.  It was sad because there were so many spots I wanted to.  They all seamed to intrigue me.  I was stopping every 20 or so feet to lay down another drawing.

Spetses Festival

I got some great sketches on doorways and details.  I found a small restaurant that was adorable.  I had to stop and sketch on the boardwalk.  I got several people to ask if they could see what I was drawing.  One guy complemented me saying, “You have a nice hand.” Smile!

Me in Spetses!!!

I brought out my camera to capture the city by night.  In Spetses there is a festival going on all weekend.  Everyone from Athens and surroundings cities are visiting Spetses for the festivities.  The festival is to celebrate independence from Turkey.  There was a burning of a ship and tons of fireworks.  The firework show was synced with the music playing.  I felt like I was at a concert, there were so many people. The vibe of the city is wonderfully full of energy.  How else would you have it at 11:00 at night?

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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