It was raining when the plane landed in Athens yesterday. Who knew it rained here! I knew I should've brought my raincoat. I was blamed for bringing the rain with me from Chicago, the USofA. It was raining cats and dogs as a matter of fact but, never mind. Fortunately Maria and John were waiting for me. It's always heartening to see friendly faces when you arrive in a strange land. They drove me to my mother's apartment and left.
It takes me a while to get comfortable and used to a new place (even if I have been here many times before). The dark cloudy sky didn't help matters. Weather affects me in a major way. I need sun! Warmth. But, never mind. I'm here and must adapt.
Today is Saturday, the second day. Yesterday's biggest accomplishment was getting the Internet going. My cousin Katerina bought a USB stick to access the Internet and I spent a couple of hours figuring out how to do it and registering and logging in. The Greek instructions didn't make matters easier. But, never mind, I did it and here I am. In the evening Maria, mom and I went to a nifty cafe called Aerostato. Noisy, kind of smoky (even though you cannot smoke indoors) but fun nevertheless. Yelled at each other for a couple of hours about politics, life, art (yelled because it was noisy, not because we were angry). Drank wine, ate little sausages and cheese. Came home. Couldn't fall asleep for a long time even though I was exhausted. But, never mind. Here I am this morning. My first blog from the trenches.