November 15, 2013

FROM DARTFORD, UK to NEW YORK, USA via KATELIOS, KEFALONIA: MORE THAN A GEOGRAPHIC HYPERBOLE!

WHO WAS IT THAT SAID "ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL?"
It started in August of 2011.
But it didn't start with a kiss, the kisses and hugs came much later! It all started with a message in my FB inbox: 
"Hi Eleni - hope you don't mind me sending you this but I've just been reading your Kefalonia World! My husband and I have been going to Katelios for 20 years now - every summer without fail! We love your island! ... I just wanted to say I enjoyed your May blog after coming home to UK and rain yesterday!"
 
Sunrise over Katelios, Kefalonia
Sunrise over Katelios, Kefalonia

Sunrise over Katelios as seen from Markopoulo, Kefalonia
Sunrise over Katelios as seen from Markopoulo, Kefalonia
 It was a message from Pam, a lady who had stumbled upon this blog and wanted to let me know that she enjoyed it. I accepted that friendship request and the rest, as they say, is history. Eventually, I became "FB friends" with Graham, her husband, as well. I was still living on Kefalonia at the time and after several virtual exchanges, we were to finally meet in the summer of 2012 when they were to - once again - visit the island. However, I relocated to New York in the spring of that year and the meeting never took place. In October of 2012, Pam and Graham visited New York and we renewed our plans to get together. Well, you know what they say about "the best laid plans of mice and men.." Hurricane Sandy decided to put a damper on those plans (pun intended). They were stranded in Manhattan and I was keeping my head above water out on Long Island. After surviving dangling cranes, submerged subways, and an emergency evacuation from their hotel, my - still - virtual friends finally made their way back to England. Plans postponed once again. October 2013 rolled around. Pam and Graham were to visit again, and we made plans once again. We were determined - but so were the elements of Nature! St. Jude, a long lost cousin of our Lady Sandy, made his way to the other side of the big pond this time. Fortunately, Pam and Graham's flight managed to take off before the storm became nasty, and we FINALLY got to meet in Manhattan!
I will stop the story here and let the images speak for themselves. Anything else would be an OXYMORON - but that's an inside joke that I couldn't even start to explain in this limited space.
Suffice it to say that this is the first time I post photos on this blog that were not taken on Kefalonia.
But I think you'll understand...

Finally! Only a red light and the pavement of W 59th St.- Central Park South between us
Pam and Graham - from virtual to real friends
New York this time, Katelios next time?
 P.S. I'm overjoyed and proud of the fact that this blog is about so much more than page views and all those numbers on Google Analytics. It's about views of cherished places, colors, sunrises, sunsets and the feelings they evoke - shared with those who understand.
And Pam 'n Graham understand... just like Emma 'n Neal and Lynn 'n Andy do.
I feel fortunate in knowing each one of them.