Greek Memories

The Greek flag might be the prettiest of all the flags, especially flying on an island that is blue and white forever

Greek Flags

I loved the street art in Athens, particularly.

Athens street art

But I found this beautiful piece on a Heraklion building at the ocean’s edge right across from the bus station, immortalizing Icarus for all time.

Mykonos street art - Icarus

These little shrines are everywhere

Greek orthodox shrine

made of every possible material and containing icons, candles and occasionally statuary. They’re sometimes quite big and grand

Greek Orthodox Shrine

I saw so many different shrines along our road in Crete and wanted Corey to stop at every one so I could take pictures but we all know I wouldn’t have lived to write this post had I done that…

And speaking of driving, can we talk about the parking?

Greek parking

I mean, do whatever you want. Shade is the best. Obviously.

There aren’t enough words for Greece’s beautiful beaches

Falasarna beach

Or their Greek salads.

Greek salad

Americans could learn a thing or two about that cheese – > veggie ratio. And Corey was rapturous about the oregano.

Greece you’re lovely in every way. I can’t wait to see you again.

Mykonos

Kaitlyn GoLightly

When I came to Tucson 2 months ago, I looked on Craigslist for a place to live and found a couple of sublet advertisements. I contacted them both and they emailed me back immediately. I dithered back and forth between them, made a choice and moved in the next week.

Simple. Easy. Nonstressful. The kind of thing that makes you think that Craigslist is a boon to mankind and you can’t figure out how we survived before the internet.

Fast forward to last week when I realize that my sublet lease is up at the end of July and I need a place to live from August-October. By this point, I have a short but rigid list of demands. I need something short term preferably in the university area and I can’t spend a fortune. I don’t want to put utilities in my name but I need internet. And most importantly, I need something already furnished because the very idea of buying/finding/borrowing and then schlepping furniture into an empty Tucson apartment makes me want to buy a ticket for the closest island and never come back. As I told my friend Greg, I’m not landing in Tucson so much as hovering. Lightly. Wings flapping. Ready to move along at any moment.

Unfortunately, college classes starts this month so desperate students have sucked down all the reasonable housing options leaving me with dregs. I found a “duplex” where a guy put a wall down the middle of his house cutting off a bedroom, bathroom and part of the dining room to create a mini living space he rents out. It has “kitchen accessories” (microwave and hot plate) on a shelf in the living room, you wash dishes in the bathroom sink and he wants $725 a month for it.

Then I found this adobe ranch out east renting a studio for $450. I thought it might be charming with beautiful views but instead it’s a small and dark studio behind a tall fence with a lonely straight back chair in front, sitting on a bed of rocks and facing the fence. Sad. Depressing. Terrible.

And those were my two best options because despite constant emailing, people apparently post apartments on Craigslist and then never check their account again. After a week of looking for places online and inquiring about multiple posts on Craigslist with no one responding to me, I prayed a lot cuz I know that God doesn’t want me homeless and asked everyone I knew for suggestions. And while I have lovely friends who offered me the temporary use of their homes, I KNEW that the perfect place was out there. A beautiful little visually inspiring desert hideaway that will justify all this time spent in Tucson.

So, I kept looking, praying and emailing and by the way it’s Wednesday and I have to move out on Sunday. Terribly close. I spent all yesterday looking and then I found a notice on ebay for a studio in a nearby neighborhood advertised as 150 square feet for $395 a month. I figured that even if it was the size of my current bathroom, it had to be better than a sad dark studio with a chair facing a fence. There was a phone number for the landlady so I called her and said I was around for a while but really desperately needed something for next week.

She called me back within the hour and said the studio was rented but then wanted to know how long I was staying. She said she had just decided to rent out her artist’s studio so she could pay some bills. Would I be interested in that? Month to month lease, all utilities included, washer, dryer, pool and in the university area all for cheaper than the “duplex.”

I went over, took one look and said YES. It’s tiny but adorable with a kitchenette and a little screened in porch, beautifully painted and decorated and just the kind of place I need for the next couple of months. As a bonus, she’s an artist and a published author so she’s very interested in what I’ve got going on right now. She says the place is available through December but let’s hope I’m not here that long.

Now I have to move over the weekend, but then I don’t move again until I leave here.

Whew.

Pictures to follow.

Dinner and a movie

Had dinner with a couple of my favorite guys tonight under a gorgeous sky

I’m not tired of sushi yet

But I’ll change up the pictures

and give you a different view

or two…

After which we saw Priest, which had potential to be way better. It’s unfortunate because it has a couple of good actors and gorgeous bled out to pale post-apocalyptic landscapes with bad ass machinery and men in long dramatic black coats

as if the Matrix had a love child with Mad Max. The plot is reasonable, the beginning animated sequence is lovely and I do love the mash up of westerns with sci fi (I’m looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens. I admit it. Which has nothing to do with Daniel Craig. Nothing at all). But Priest has laughable dialogue and whoever scored it should be told – gently – that Subway is hiring. Hor-ren-dous.

So, don’t see Priest unless you can see it for $1.50 and it’s 100 degrees outside, in which case go see it but I’d recommend a cake pop to improve the experience:

Tucson AZ

I think they’re over there!