In the Netherlands, it is very common to write rhymes during December. On the 5th of December, we celebrate
In a similar style, I would like to share an old/new year’s rhyme about Greece, my past five months as an EVS volunteer and my future 5 months in the rest of the project.
The end of 2018 has come very fast,
And for me, five months of EVS have passed.
It was a very sunny year,
In the warm Greek atmosphere.
Greece is an interesting country, that can be said,
And at times, when I lie in my bed,
I feel like there is chaos all around,
And I think, ‘what is this country that I found?’
They say that in Greece everything is possible,
And I can confirm this, no moment is dull,
Because so many things happen only here,
Or at least, so it seems to appear.
In my past five months I have seen many unexpected things,
It is amazing what life in Greece brings.
On top of a parking
And I actually thought it was kind of cool.
But all in all, Greece has many amazing things to give,
And I am very grateful that this is the place where I live.
I can describe so many magical moments,
But I will just give you a few fragments.
In August, I went to Lefkada, in the west,
Where we found a beautiful beach as a place to rest.
The seas there were incredibly blue,
And my love for this country slowly grew.
In September I went to Chalkidiki and saw lots of sand,
And I got beautifully tanned.
I also realised how hospitable people are
When people took us into their car.
But Greece also has mountains and forests,
And when I was there, we were the only tourists.
Mount Chortiatis brought some quietness and peace,
To the otherwise hectic life in Greece.
On Oxi day I took a dive,
Into some traditional Greek cultural life.
Feeling like a princess in a beautiful dress,
I felt completely free of stress.
EVS also taught me to be more flexible,
And the days here are never dull.
Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones,
For me, a cardboard box from my roommate filled my heart with suns.
During November I went southwards,
And swimming during the sunset took away all my words.
So many sunsets, too many to count,
And on a good day, you can see even the Olympus Mount.
Many beautiful moments so far,
I even got the chance to go to a Jane Goodall seminar!
I hope that 2019 will bring many more,
And I am curious what the next five months will have in store.
Enjoy the last few days of this year,
And don’t leave Greece without a souvenir.