There was a huge, glorious thunderstorm on Tuesday morning - torrents of rain, brilliant lightning, booming claps of thunder. I was unpacking at the house as the power flickered on an off, when an overwhelming thunder clap coincided with a loud buzzing sound... from the TV/electronics area. At which point the power went off for good. It came back on a couple hours later, but the internet didn't. And our router was fried - the sound I'd heard. We've been internet-less since then at home, though with help from the base housing dept we are circling closer and closer to getting it restored. Evidently the telecom office has run out of routers, so many got fried in the storm. Hopefully next week. For now for web access I'm using my phone intermittently (it hasn't been consistently working) and the free wifi on the base. Where I am now.
School this week has gone very well overall, for which I'm profoundly grateful. The kids' teachers have been kind, attentive, and communicative. The kids like them and seem to like the other kids, their fellow students, as well. They have electives each day like art, music, gym, and computers - a novelty for them - and they have two 15-minute recesses each morning where they get out and can play. Pokemon cards are all the rage here, new and fascinating to our crew. Lunch is at 1:30, and getting used to full, hot meals (not all of which they like on first taste) has been a new experience. As has working in the gluten-free component for our two gluten intolerant. But we're getting there.
At the one-week mark - we are just a bit past that now - the house is great and feels more like a home (even like our home) by the day. We're really fortunate to live there. Folks are basically over their jet lag now and we're back on track with nighttime sleeping. The one exception has been the earache of our 9-year-old, which has her up some in the night, but we're hoping that the over-the-counter antibiotics supplied by our exceptionally helpful neighbourhood pharmacist, Felix, will do the trick. He's located in the same village where our butcher and produce market, pictured below, are located; I stop in on the way to and from school nearly every day for one thing or another. The produce here is fantastic - fresh and inexpensive.
I promised input on our local monastery, Agia Triada; evidently it's one of the major tourist attractions in our area. It costs a couple euros to get in for adults; kids are free. There are several resident wandering cats, which delighted the kids, as did a few places to climb up steps to raised platforms. The inside of the church is art-adorned, colorful, spectacular... but photography isn't allowed. (Sorry!). It's still an active monastery, and we did see one brother in garb entering the gates which was pretty neat. There's a cool little museum you can visit that displays elaborate, jewelled vestments and garments from bishops from bygone eras; next time we'll spend more time there. There's also a little shop and basement area - this is outside the paid area, so free to the public - which contains historical items like the press pictured below as well as the monastery's own vintage wine. They even serve in a special wine-tasting area (we didn't avail ourselves this time, but how cool!)
This is post three in a series on our family's move to Crete.