For some time, I’ve been meaning to start a website to put all the different things I do under one umbrella. It seems like a good a time as any to get that started. One aspect that I had not quite expected to include was a blog. Perhaps I would’ve written something on water once in a while, but nothing like what will now follow. Maybe.
I’d like to think I would write often about what I’m about to embark on. But, honestly, this could be the one and only time I do. I have no idea how volunteering in Greece will unfold. Will I want to write? Or, simply, will I have the bandwidth to do so (and I’m not talking about internet connection)? Will I have material to write about? What kind of perspective do I portray? I’m also concerned about writing about me, because I don’t want to make it about me.
So many people have asked for updates and I know something like this will keep people abreast of what I’m up to, which I’m typically not very good at via Facebook. And, well, being very close to a topic that is in the media right now will give people a potentially interesting viewpoint. So, we’ll see.
Of all the places I could have traveled through to get to Athens, it was Paris. I actually thought I was going through Geneva when I booked the ticket, but only realized the day before that Paris was to be my layover en route to Greece. As most of you know (as I imagine the only people reading right now are people who know me), Paris holds a special place in my heart, and combine that with the city’s recent events and where I’m headed, and that cocktail provided a nice little pinch to wake me up a bit. Not to be too cliché, but definitely only the tip of the iceberg.
One of the main benefits of being out of the US that is almost immediately noticeable? The drop-off in news about Trumpmania. Quite a respite from the US media right now. Of course in Paris, even in the airport, the focus was on the National Front, France’s far right political party that (thankfully) just got their asses handed to them in regional elections after a brief scare in the first round last week. There were also a fair number of very happy groups of COP-21 (Paris climate conference) participants.
I’m in the Athens airport right now. I arrived last night and had dinner with Gregory and Dimitris, who many of you know, and will see other Fletchies as time goes by here. I’m on my way to Chios, an island that is not getting as much attention as Lesvos in terms of arrival point for refugees, and the volunteer work begins. They had 1200 refugees arrive yesterday and to say that they are understaffed would be an understatement.
Signing off for now. We’ll see if there is a sequel in the future.
Note: Website sucks right now. Just a placeholder until I have time to work on it (or even learn how to work on it).