We were very fortunate to be able to be in Vathi for the big Carnival parade. OK, maybe big is a bit of an overstatement. However it is obviously an important event for the island as winter wraps up and the preparations for summer start.
The thing that really struck me about the Carnival gathering is that it is the first time we really saw families gathered together since we have been here. Usually we had only seen men gathered together or having coffee in small groups. It was nice to see parents together with their children enjoying the day.
We have very much enjoyed our time house sitting here on Ithaca. Between car repairs, sick animals, torrential rains, and dodgy internet it has provided the challenges we needed to stay fresh and that, quite honestly, is way more important than most people are aware. Even after the challenges our time here has been great. The people have welcomed us and helped us every time we needed it. The weather has been fantastic considering the time of year and the animals we were fortunate enough to care for have left us with some wonderful memories and stories. Thank you Ithaca.