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.
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.
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.
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