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.
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!
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?
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.