I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Naxos, Greece with my husband and his work. The trip was lengthy to arrive: 3 planes and one very long ferry. We had one full day to explore before he had to start working.

First Impressions

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Locals: The people are warm, cheerful and friendly. This doesn’t surprise me. The island is beautiful. The skies are sunny. The weather is warm.

Food & Wine: On Naxos island, the food is locally cultivated. Needless to say, the freshest Greek salad I’ve ever had. Everything is delicious and reasonably priced. Wine is almost cheeper than water. It’s about 3 to 4 Euros for a half liter.

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Accommodations: The Sphinx Hotel that we will call home in the upcoming weeks is very quaint. The staff are pleasant and helpful. The breakfast is a good start to the day. The showers are very small and somewhat broken.

Activities: Beach. Sand. Water. Sun. Smiles.IMG_3481 2

Church: We had a conversation with a local with the curiosity of the church. Greek Orthodox is the main denomination so I wasn’t expecting to find an interdenominational service. In English. With praise music. So I approached it with a curiosity. “We are Christians and are interested in the local culture with the churches. Do you have any recommendations for churches to visit or tour…” His response, ”We are all Christians. Most people only go for Christmas, Easter unless you are an old lady. But don’t go to church go to the beach.” Why is it always the old ladies?

Don’t go to church, go to the beach”

Meanwhile, I come across Ann Voskamp’s Facebook posting and nausea rose up in my stomach.

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okay, so we get it — we are in a moment of history right now — the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII. More than…

Posted by Ann Voskamp on Saturday, September 5, 2015

It’s really strange to take a moment and think about the fact we are swimming in the Mediterranean not too far from where bodies are washing ashore. The water is crisp and refreshing and children are drowning. Things are being placed on our heart and I just don’t know what this means yet… God has us here for a reason. I doubt it is for me to relax and enjoy the beach everyday for 2 months.

What I’m reading? Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I bought C.S. Lewis box set with the goal to read through the series along side my Greek adventure. “Mere Christianity is possibly Lewis’ most frequently read work, and was originally given as a series of broadcast talks during the Second World War.” I’m looking forward to this new journey through study.

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