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Holiday on Thassos

June 23-26, 2017 This story actually starts out about a year before when we were preparing for our move to Greece. We were preparing coffee-hour at St. Anthony's Orthodox Church in San Diego when Nina McDonald offered to help us with food prep. As we got to talking, she told us about her wonderful experience… Continue reading Holiday on Thassos

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The Other Side of the Desk: The Last Days of Greek School and the Final Exam

29 May, 2017 I could write volumes comparing my experiences teaching ESL to being a Greek student. In this post, I’ll limit those little observations to one: The temperature is never right in the classroom. It was amusing to me at first that even in Greece I couldn’t get away from students complaining about it… Continue reading The Other Side of the Desk: The Last Days of Greek School and the Final Exam

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16 July, 2017, Holy Week + Pascha

8-16 April, 2017 Euphrosini had the blessing to spend Lazarus Saturday (the Saturday before Holy Week) through Holy Tuesday at Ormylia (Annunciation Monastery). While there, she helped the sisters dye six-thousand Pascha eggs. They begin collecting the eggs from their own hens starting in December (apparently eggs can last for months without refrigeration as long… Continue reading 16 July, 2017, Holy Week + Pascha

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21 April: The Other Side of the Desk: Reflections of an ESL Teacher

I spent five years teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL and EFL respectively); a year in the Czech Republic, two summers in France, and four years in the States. As a freshly graduated kid, not much older than most of my students, it took a while to get used to my new role as… Continue reading 21 April: The Other Side of the Desk: Reflections of an ESL Teacher

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12 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 2: Simonopetra

It’s hard to take in the unspoiled beauty and silence of the Holy Mountain, and it’s difficult to write about it even now. It’s just something that you have to experience and something that reaches the depths of your heart. So, I’ll just leave it at that. Once you get over the first crest, the… Continue reading 12 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 2: Simonopetra

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7 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 1: Grigoriou

The following events took place on January 4-7, 2016 Why have one Christmas when you can have two? And why spend any of your holidays relaxing when you can get back from Budapest, have one day back home, and then wake up at 4am the next day to go to Mt. Athos? So, that’s what… Continue reading 7 February: Christmas on Athos, Part 1: Grigoriou

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26 January: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits: New Year’s in Vienna

We had the great honor and blessing to be hosted by our good friend, Archdeacon Athanasios at the guest quarters of the Metropolis of Vienna (Exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarch). Dn. Athanasios met us at the Main Train-station on the evening of the 27th and we took the metro to the guest flat on Nestroyplatz,… Continue reading 26 January: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits: New Year’s in Vienna