View of Lykebetos across the Agora
It's my last day here in Athens. I am anxious to get on the way home but at the same time will feel deep regret leaving. That's always the way it is. I am torn between here and home (both being 'home' to me).
If I could, I'd stay much longer like I used to during the 90's when I stayed six months at a time while working on my novel. But this time I didn't do much writing and I realize now that I must get myself a notebook computer so I can be writing more on the road. (I did make notes but because of the intense heat of August didn't feel too inspired!)
It's been wonderful seeing all my old friends and wandering my old haunts. I've missed the absent ones and sometimes felt very nostalgic on this visit, as we always feel their presence. I love Greece and all the opportunities it offers to me for exploring and creating new stories, whether historical or travel. And although I have been many places in this country there are still so many others to explore. So I know I'll always come back here. I couldn't bear to never see my Athens family and friends again.
So, til the next time, Kalo taxidi and goodbye to Athens. Don't worry, I'll probably be back next year!
Sunset from Dinaz's rooftop apartment