Topic: "Aegean Adventure" (2)
When the wind blows around a volcanic outcropping, it is as if sails blossom in the mind. Mythology must have been born in moments such as those. Dreaming of far-off lands and great adventure happens today as it did for Homer and for Ovid. The Islands of Greece were to Frodo as Plymouth Rock must have been for Pilgrims, a place to experience with all of the senses.
Katokolon was once a simple village for fishermen. Today, as witness to thousands of visitors bent for the ruins of Olympia, Katokolon is predominantly a collection of shops gathering tourist coinage. Frodo was on a mission of great importance however, for the day preceded by one the anniversary of Sam's birth. Frodo desired a card, in Greek, spelling out the grand holiday as a special souvenir for his traveling companion and comrade-in-arms. Alas, the cards to be found were all of the postal type, and Frodo was distraught. A shopkeeper noted his distress, and although she spoke no English, and Frodo speaks no Greek, she did her best to assist him. Finally, she identified exactly what it was that was the object of Frodo's shopping. Although she did not have birthday cards in her inventory, she supposed that there may be some at a rival shop around the corner. After pointing Frodo in the proper direction, she stopped him and slowly enunciated two words in Greek to Frodo. She repeated them several times and Frodo finally understood that she was trying to teach him to say the two words. She taught Frodo to say "birthday card," in Greek.
A bit later Sam entered upon Frodo as he spoke the words to the shopkeeper around the corner. Sam sensed Frodo's disappointment at his lack of success, and encouraged him to sit at a table outside a bar and observe the setting sun on the small harbor. There was but a single fisherman, and he was slowly decapitating creatures in a plastic bucket at his feet. Frodo ordered an Ouzo, and was charmed by the licorice taste in a liquid turned milky by the presence of ice. The fisherman saw Frodo aim his camera, and he smiled. It is a grand picture.
Even in the midst of failure, Frodo found beauty, great taste, and humanity. Yasou.