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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

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25 January: Budapest: A Belated Wedding Anniversary

The events in this post took place on December 26 + 27, 2016 / January 1 + 2, 2017 You might remember that we landed in Greece on our 2nd Wedding Anniversary but weren’t able to celebrate it because of our multitude of housing issues (uuuggghhhhhhhh). By the time we’d finally settled into our house… Continue reading 25 January: Budapest: A Belated Wedding Anniversary

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23 November: Autumn Holidays in Greece

October 26 + 28, 2016 St. Dimitrios is the patron saint of Thessaloniki and we live just a block north of the magnificent basilica that houses his relics. St. Dimitrios lived during the 3rd-4th centuries AD and was a general under Emperor Galerius and was a crypto-Christian during the time of the persecutions. He was… Continue reading 23 November: Autumn Holidays in Greece

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18 November: Our First Eκδρομή (Excursion)

On October 20th, we went on an εκδρομή (excursion), with the young adults of our parish, St. Haralambos (or simply, “The Metokhi”) led by the pastor, Fr. Athanasios Gikas, who is also our professor contact at the university. We met in front of the church before dawn and boarded the coach bus. As the sun… Continue reading 18 November: Our First Eκδρομή (Excursion)

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8 November: Moving to Greece: Intermission, Return to Albania

This is the second part of a multi-part series about our adventures in finding a home in Greece. The following was written between September 10 - 19, 2016. Early Saturday morning Dn. Stepanos, Alexandria, Baby Moses, Euphrosini and I all packed into their Toyota hatchback and set out for Albania. Despite the detours caused by… Continue reading 8 November: Moving to Greece: Intermission, Return to Albania