When I did the breakfast dishes this morning, I noticed that I can open my casement window wide and let the cool morning air into my kitchen. There's no screens, but strangely, I haven't seen any flying bugs either. They must be being polite, giving me a break from ordinary buginess.
Everything still feels extradordinary to me here in Athens, so I appreciate the respite. I'm sure I'll become disenchanted at some point - but for now I'm enjoying all the newness - the plans for the days we'll spend traveling, the making of new friends, the surprising adventure of simple tasks: like finding a grocery store, learning from a patient waitress the greek words for avocados with vinegarette, avocados me vinegarette! and which buttons to press to buy tickets for the metro. It's all surprising and wonderfully new. The discovery is delicious.