Local Heart, Global Soul

August 6, 2014

The Family Stays and Oma Pays… (For Which We Are Very Grateful Too)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s the evening after the cat-rescue that wasn’t, and our in-law’s have returned from a long day in Volos doing legal paperwork and working out how and where to get a few specialist house repair items in Greek and in a small Greek town.

The four to five hour return drive made it a long day so this was a perfect day for both families to get together and go to a restaurant for a meal.

This all took place of course way back in the last week October 2012 and since our two families now constituted the last handful of tourists in Platania, we and a few locals had the restaurant to ourselves.

Our in-laws have been coming to this area for over twenty years and in past decades  Oma (Grandmother: Himself and sister-in-laws mother) would join them for a part of  each summer. Back on this day in 2012 Oma was nearing ninety years of age and for some years had ceased these visits, finding the travel too tiring and being far less able to deal with the high temperatures.

She was delighted to hear that family Kiwidutch were going to visit one of her favourite places for the first time and with fond memories of Platania, had offered to “Trakteren” . It means “to treat” but more specifically it means to offer to pay for a dinner/lunch /drinks or in a work situation maybe something like cake for afternoon tea etc.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

She couldn’t join us in person but wanted to in the New Zealand terminology wanted to “shout” us all dinner.

This was the perfect day to take up her generous offer and by chance my sister in law immediately said that she would like us all to go to Spiros, coincidently the same place family Kiwidutch had been for lunch.

Once there and after some discussion we found that my favourite fish dish was not available because the fishing boats were late back into port, so our in-laws ordered the Greek equivalent of “tapas”. Lots of little dishes duly arrived (the names were only given verbally so I didn’t have a hope of remembering them all) and we could all try what we wanted.

I am allergic to squid and all things from the molusc family so stuck to the fish and declined desert after sampling a teaspoon from Himself’s place because as usual Greek deserts are mega sweet.The meal was unusual but tasty even although our fussy children stuck mostly to bread and fries, because in the words of Little Mr. “eew the tomato and onion have touched  the cucumber!” we all had fun. (Three guesses who’s getting double doses of vegetables when we get back to The Netherlands?).

Maybe it’s the weather, the growing climate or tradition but I haven’t seen any vegetables such as broccoli, beans , cauliflower, leeks etc here at all so far. Just as well the kids like cucumber and the adults like the traditional Greek Salads!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Kid entertainment (I’m sure this isn’t  how backgammon is played lol) The kids had fun anyway!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Restaurant Spiros by day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

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