The Island of Crete: Breathtaking beauty, ancient architecture, world-class history and culture, the Mediterranean, fabulous food, and the birthplace of Zeus, King of the Gods!
Greece has been on my mind for a long time, but I was never sure how southern Europe was going to fit my itinerary.
Now that an opportunity arose that I can't pass up, I'm going to make it fit.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a notice online from a couple needing someone to look after their vacation villa on the island of Crete, which includes two dogs and a cat, for 11 weeks.
I figured it was a long shot, but I responded and introduced myself. We chatted online a few times, settled on the terms, and voila! Next Tuesday I'm boarding a flight to Crete.
All aforementioned plans have been put on the travel shelf.
It's not your typical house-sitting deal because I'm paying rent. But the cost is within my budget-travel range and at a steep discount from the usual price for a place like this.
Check out the web site for Yes Crete Retreat.
It's a beautiful property, and the animals and I will be the only ones there the entire time, an ideal situation for the writing I want to do and for exploring a place I've always wanted to visit.
Did I mention there's dogs?!!!
I'm really excited about this! Will keep you posted.
Quotes For A Good Life On The Road
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
-- Anthony Bourdain
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Solas "Best Travel Writing" Awards
Saysha: What Happened?
13th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing
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'More About Me?
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow, solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 20 countries on four continents. Currently I'm in sunny Merida, Mexico, waiting out developments in the coronavirus crisis before moving on. Meanwhile, learn more about me and my travels at Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and in a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and prolific author James Ritchie about our meeting in Kuching, Malaysia, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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