I booked our apartment-hotel because the reviews claimed the owner, Demetrius, is a one-of-a-kind dude. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a Grecian smile as he carried our suitcases up the narrow stairs in flip-flops. We arrived at night and made way to Stalis Beach town to find dinner – well Greek Salads. We’ve been craving traditional Greek salads ever since we booked this trip back in March.
We ate dinner at a seaside restaurant and watched the last bit of the sun set behind the mountains. Ready to bathe in the moonlit sea, we asked for our check. Instead of the bill, the waiter brought us a free dessert and two shots of Ouki. Free dessert? Free liquor? What is this place? I downed Ouki with a puckered taste and this poison-tasting liquor reminded me of binge drinking in college.
Josh ate breakfast at the hotel and the lady who worked mornings told him to pay the owner later in the day. We joked, “Now we can see why Greece is in the financial crisis.” Offering free dessert and alcohol would never fly in Germany or the States when analyzing profit margins.
But there was something unique and different about Greece. It took 24-hours to figure out the Grecian lifestyle – laidback, carefree and a “no worries” attitude. Most coastal hotels and resorts around the world only allow guests to use their facilities. In Greece, even the smallest of guesthouses have a pool and bar. Every place welcomes everybody at any time of day. Entry is free and all you need to do is buy some drinks or food. How wonderful, how amazing, how Grecian.
It’s an underlining sense instilled from the Greek Gods that everyone and everything is connected. Why separate when we can unite under one blistering hot sun? The Greek lifestyle and mentality brings your dramatic, selfie-obsessed, egotistic mind back to the basics. Stop overthinking and start living. When you see the power of the ocean and lemon trees and grapes growing a block from the seashore, you see life in a different perspective. I’ve always admired the island lifestyle and mentality. Australia, Fiji, Ibiza, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Greece – these places know the secret of life that you must discover yourself.
And well, if now only the four-seasons in the Maldives will let me “hang out” at their pool for the price of a drink…
And to that, I thank you Greece.