Monday, 17 November 2014

The Great Escape ...

Started last friday morning ...

Before that though, We had lots of excitement on Thursday. I was at the hospital, when we learned that Joanna was missing her plane at Gatwick, due to a road and rail delay. Messages were being exchanged of various stages of panic mode. There was nothing we could do - no WiFi connectivity and limited 3G at the hospital. Just advise where to fly from, and how ...

Nothing more was heard and we left mid afternoon, another 'very cheap taxi' ride across town to 'Base camp Athens' Then arriving to hear that Joanna was now at Heathrow, in time for the afternoon flight.

The only problem being it arrives in the evening here, and after the suburban train line closes at 21:44pm.

Joanna flew in thirty minutes after the suburban train line closed, and turned on her phone to receive new arrival instructions from me - Get a cab! Joanna arriving a swift thirty minutes after that, at BCA via taxi, A little lighter in pocket after her hectic days travel crossing London N S E & W ...

A couple of beers and a good nights sleep was all she needed - Only we had a cracker of a thunderstorm instead, rattling the windows here in Athens.

Friday was a beautiful morning in Athens, after the thunderstorm overnight. I arrived at the hospital to be advised that SWMBO may be allowed home later that day.

Like everywhere else you wait around all day waiting for confirmation, then go up and down in the lift, then all round the hospital getting pieces of paper stamped by the authorities.

It was a decison that took us all by surprise. Not least me who had seen some spectacular throwing up from SWMBO the previous day. Still tubes removed and papers were assembled, do's and do not's were agreed.

Time to go ...
We are within a 15 minute ride from the hospital in case of a problem. We settled the patient, then having visited six pharmacies with Margaret, we eventually had all the medication required. It's a case of keep warm,  and try not to cough sneeze or laugh too much. So far so good, Dr Ioannis in charge ...

We are assured by friends of the blog, who are 'in the know' that home is the best place to recuperate. Sadly we are grounded for around seven days. So 'Base camp Athens' it is for now.

Saturday we diverted into Athens, to seek out a 'food shop' to get some tasty goodies for SWMBO. Discoveries, that may appeal to friends back on Skiathos. Lidl, Jumbo, Salmon, Black pudding, Dijon mustard and fresh parsnips ...

I arrived back at 'BCA' after my diversion to Lidl, with frozen salmon steaks in hand. Joanna and Margaret arriving earlier, laden down with their supplies. Joanna the 'domestic goddess' then started to put them to good use in the kitchen ...

Salmon pasta and a glass of Zubr wodka, went down very well indeed. SWMBO enjoying a refreshingly healthy carrot drink called Kubus from her homeland ...


This is the famous Polish cucumber soup, from Sunday, that will hopefully revive SWMBO - Its not to everyone's taste, I was quite taken by Margaret's chicken soup, of the night before ...


All to soon, it was time for Joanna to return to UK after her weekend supporting us here in Athens. There is no doubt she lifted the morale with our patient, who is still in pain with the wound as it heals. Dr Ioannis, administering injections on a daily basis.

I took time out to get Joanna to the airport, to make sure she made it on to the aircraft. We had a coffee before, she went through to departures. 

I popped into the news store. The front pages of the UK Sunday papers, made depressing reading. The Sunday Times is €5 a copy - so for a few euros more, I picked up a local read - Alexandros Papadiamantis - Fey Folk, a tale from Skiathos ...



Very good it is too ...

Just a few pages left to enjoy, buy it you will not regret it ...

Good night from the Athenian/Skiathian grounded somewhere in Athens ...

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