United Kingdom, Leeds
70 years old
I fell in love with Greece in 1971, when I was fortunate enough to be a British representative at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia. The history of the Ancient Olympics, the myths and the sheer beauty, as wll as the welcome and friendship, made me fall for the place, hook, line and sinker. After 40 years, with a visit almost every year, sometimes several, my love for the country and its people is less ideallistic, but just as deep - warts and all! I kardia mou einai ekei ....
Having worked all my life in physical education and sport, as teacher, lecturer, researcher and administrator, I am now a freelance consultant and researcher, current project, developing a new curriculum for Egypt. And I volunteer also for an international organisation which provides support and networking for people working in physical education and sport science, all over the world. It involves travel to many different countries, but as my husband is fond of saying "I'd sooner be in Aegina".
We have had a house on Aegina Island for 4 years now, in the beach village of Marathonas, which faces South West, across the Saronic Gulf and the mountains of Methana and the Pelopponesos. The nature reserve island of Moni defines our views, and we are truly blessed with spectacular sunsets and moonscapes. Aegina's setting is very dramatic, and as you come around the north west headland from Pireaus, it truly is one of the great views of the world. We love it!
We had been visiting Aegina for more than 20 years before we realised this life dream to own a home there. So we knew where we wanted to be, and many of the sights and sounds of the island.