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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 - Kalyves.
First some more complaints ;)
We've now lived in our home for more than 2 and a half months. Now the house has almost gained a sustained warmth after having been chilled out all through the summer with aircondinioners set for 17°C. Warming up has taken us more than 2000 kg of olive wood in the fireplace or tzaki, and a lot of work. Cretans do not really understand what their winter, himonas, means to warmth inside a house, or to getting rid of moisture inside. And ofcourse we have slowly learned to wear outdoor clothes and shoes inside our home - like all Cretans who sit at homely dinners with overcoats on :). Perhaps, as winelovers, we'll eventually believe the back labels of wine bottles, stating that the wine should be enjoyed at room-temperature, meaning from +16 to +18°C ! Quite hard to Finns accustomed to +22°C all through the year, despite -20°C or +20°C outside. - And if I'm asked, wine starts to have real taste and bouquet when its temperature is at least +20°C !!!!
But to enjoyments:
Yesterday we also reserved a table for Irmeli, Mikko, Kiti and Hannu in one of the most traditional tavernas in Kalyves for Dec. 24 to enjoy some bouzouki ! An exceptional evening to be expected!
Later today Nikos was with us at home for Kiti's sparagia soup - made of Niko's own wild asparaguses - and a very tasty tuna fish pie.
The weather aftercast for today and the previous night in Kalyves: