I miss my village

Vounos, Chios, Greece

I miss my village. Because of the Covid-19 I am stuck in the big city. Spring makes it more difficult, but I shouldn’t complain. The streets in my neighbourhood are lined with trees and the smell of the citrus flowers is intoxicating. And I have the Acropolis to rest my eyes on. It is rather quiet and as there are not so many cars driving around I can hear the birds singing. But my “plan” was to spend Easter in my village. Plans proved to be just plans.

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

My real “village” is Athens, but my Chios one adopted me almost twenty years ago. It first adopted my husband, who found himself there by chance, and then I followed.

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

I am dreaming of walking around in the village, breathing the fragrant air (Chios is famous for it), talking to people, exchanging news, exploring the old and often abandoned houses. These houses have many interesting stories to tell me. But, to be honest, I often prefer to wonder about these stories, or make up my own. The truth can sometimes be disappointing.

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

All the houses in this castle-village are made of stone and each stone is interesting, unique, there are no two exactly the same. I can see the marks of the human hands that shaped them and I think of the people who carried these heavy stones on their backs or on the backs of their donkeys or mules. When I first went to the village there were only two donkeys left, now there is none. Progress!…

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

But the village is not just stones. It is surrounded by beautiful nature with mastic trees, wild flowers and bushes, gardens with flowers and vegetables, vineyards and, a little further away, the blue sea.

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

People are the most important “ingredient” in a small community, the friendships made and the way they help each other, especially in bad times. And I miss them.

Vounos, Chios, Greece
Vounos, Chios, Greece

2 thoughts on “I miss my village

  1. kerimae

    Your pictures are lovely, and I am betting that your friends all miss you greatly as well. This is so, so difficult. Glad you are able to hear the birds as a comfort.

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  2. DeboraM

    This post brought a smile on my face and a warm feeling. I know exactly what you mean by making up your own stories , I always let my imagination take over when I vist the small places on the Islands , I so hear you missing your Island , my heart breaks knowing that I will most likely not get to the islands this year due to this horrible situation where we ended up in now. It is good we try to see the beauty nearby where we are now at this moment and grateful we can stay safe and healty. I wish you all the best !

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