Ευχαριστώ

That’s “Thank You” in Greek.  In the last week I had so much to be thankful for.  Though it was filled with planes, trains and automobiles to be sure, my Thanksgiving was relaxed and highly enjoyable.  PC left early Monday for Russia to play an important Champions League match (didn’t go so well but the other team is ridiculous).  So on Tuesday, I grabbed a train to the airport, hopped on my plane to Thessaloniki, Greece and cruised home in the automobile of Jonathan and Jaimie-Rose Winder.  Greece got pretty high marks from me, but really, any place that’s  as obsessed with olive oil and feta cheese as I am had to be good.

Jon and PC were teammates at Pepperdine.  Jon is a phenomenal setter playing for Paok, and he and his new wife Jaimie-Rose have a lovely little house just outside of Thessaloniki.  They took me to eat wonderful food, see the gorgeous sights and reminded me of how lucky PC and I are to be living this crazy life.

The view from the Winder's balcony

Jonathan had training and grocery shopping duties, so Wednesday was an all day excursion with Jaimie-Rose through Thessaloniki.  That area of the world has been conquered so many times by various regimes, so each edifice bears the architectural legacy of Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and even the graffiti of the current generation.

Trigonion Tower

 

Thessaloniki from Ano Polis
Jaimie-Rose in the monastery/church area where Paul preached
The Arch of Roman Emperor Galerius and the Rotunda. At various points the Rotunda was a mausoleum, Christian Church, Mosque (note the minaret) and once again a Church
Love the juxtaposition of the very old and the new
Jaimie-Rose and I with the White Tower

Thanksgiving day was spent leisurely preparing dishes for the evening’s feast.  The three of us put together some delicious mac n’ cheese, cornbread, banana bread, apple pie, pumpkin soup, salad and of course the big ol’ turkey.  Other guests brought stuffing, gravy, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, carrot cake and sangria.  Even if it was a historically inaccurate holiday being celebrated in a foreign country, everyone there made sure Thanksgiving was pretty special.

12 American strangers gathered and bonded over plentiful food, drink and heated discussions about the NBA and LeBron James.

The Group- 2 girls from church(Kelly and Meryl), 2 girls who play basketball for Paok (Aisha and Porchia), Jaimie-Rose and Jonathan, Brook Billings and his girlfriend Brett, Brett's sister Casey and her boyfriend Joey, Ryan who also plays volley and Me
Love Them
The beautiful Jaimie-Rose herself
An American-sized Feast
Serious Noms

After the glorious sunshine in Greece, I came home to equally glorious snowflakes on my face, and a town blanketed in white and ready for the Christmas season.

*Many of these photos were taken by Jaimie-Rose in case you were wondering how I suddenly became a proficient photographer

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2 thoughts on “Ευχαριστώ

  1. That week was so much fun!!! Thank you so much for making our first Thanksgiving one to remember 🙂 Now, it is our turn to come visit you guys… miss you!

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