photo by Livia Meneghin

hi there.

Welcome to my blog. I'm spending a year capturing happiness, and I invite you to come along as I journey toward a more joyful living. I also write about travel, food, and matters of the spirit. Hope you enjoy!

Music Night

Music Night

Every Wednesday night during July and August, Archodissa restaurant on Thassos hosts live music, complete with singing and dancing, napkin throwing and, as of this year, glassware breaking. I wrote about Music Night last summer, on the first Wednesday I wasn’t in Greece after I returned from my three-month stay. The day I arrived to Thassos was a music night, and so—as it happens—my last night on the island is a music night.

In Greek there is a word that means fun, but "fun" is an underwhelming translation. It means more like time filled with good company and a little bit of wildness and a lot a bit of joy. The word is kefi, and in my final moments in Greece, my night was filled with kefi.

Highlights:

  • The return of Bobis, one of my friends who doesn’t live on Thassos but who came by boat so I could see him on my last night.
  • Getting to zimbekiko (an improvised solo dance) to my favorite song, and for all the people who circled around and clapped as encouragement.
  • Dancing with Nicoletta, a 7 year old who was my dance partner once upon a music night last year. She is a fearless and beautiful little girl with serious dance moves, and she made me bring my A game.
  • Being asked to waltz with a stranger (one of Bobis' parea)
  • New shoes. Two pairs, in fact.
  • Meeting new people, especially those who didn’t know English and forced me to speak Greek.
  • The tsipouro that allowed me to speak Greek with confidence.
  • Eating at 4:00am second dinners. It’s been a full year since that happened.
  • All of the hugs. Even from Mitso.

These highlights--particularly coming a few days after the fact--aren't able to capture the way I felt. But there was so much happiness to be found... Archodissa was filled with kefi that night. 

Me and my boys

Me and my boys

The Sun

The Sun

Poker

Poker