After spending a week in England experiencing an actual white winter we were quite happy to be heading off to wrap up the year and welcome in 2023 with the longest house sit we have had in a while. We had discussed while in England that while we had loved our house sits in the UK, we were looking forward to a bit more of a challenge. Well we are happy to report, Greece has delivered.
After a 3.5 hour flight from London to Athens then a quick hop with Olympic Airlines to the island of Kefalonia our journey continued.
As we disembarked after what seemed like 2-3 days of constant travel we were happy to be met with the transportation our home owner had arranged for us, and it was flawless.
A half hour taxi ride to the dock, a 30 minute water taxi ride to the island of Ithaca, then another half hour taxi ride to our new home. We understand it is a bit easier in the summer, however travelling in the off season can present its challenges.
We have successfully settled into our house sit after a one day orientation by the home owner. It is always the preference to be able to spend a bit of time with homeowners so we can get a proper feel for the routines that make the pets life, and therefore our lives, more comfortable. Exogi is a somewhat isolated village but with the use of a car we are easily able to access everything we need.
While getting the royal tour by the home owner the exhaust fell off our vehicle, and thus the first challenge emerged. Fortunately we were able to wire it up and get to a local mechanic.
Though it might not be what we would expect in Canada, I have to say, the mechanic was awesome. He examined the car, ordered the part, and when it arrived contacted us for installation. When the work was done he even drove the car to the cafe where we were enjoying a coffee and handed over the keys. Not the level of customer service we are used to.
We have an interesting assortment of animals at this house sit. Basil is the lone dog and he goes everywhere with us. A great dog and welcomed in all cafes we visit. He also enjoys a dip in the sea when given the chance.
We are also looking after a number of cats. There are inside ones, like Gus here.
As well as a couple dozen neighbourhood cats we also feed. It is something a little different for us, but a welcome change.
We hoped to toast Christmas Eve from the old monastery on top of our hill, however the weather chose to not cooperate.
However New Years Day was another story. A glorious welcome to the new year. We did a short road trip off the north end of the island and it was utterly incredible.
We are looking forward to another epic year of travel and adventure. Greece is the perfect start and it is only the beginning. We wish everyone a great year and encourage you to follow your dreams.
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How do we get into doing this? Something my husband and i are tossing around. For now i’ll see the world thru your eyes 😊
Happy New Year
Looks lovely! Happy New year!