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TZATZIKI!

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In Greece, no restaurant is without tzatziki. It’s always there. Prices range from €2.50 to €4.50 and it’s normally served with the “mezze” (small appetisers to share or a snack before moving on to more serious fare). We ate tzatziki (almost) every day we spent in Greece. While it usually has the same basic ingredients: cucumber + yoghurt + garlic, its flavour changes based on the cooks and the region. Here’s a taste of 2 varieties gleaned during our wanderings: -TZATZIKI HALKIDIKI Ingredients: 1 cucumber: angouraki Full-fat Greek yoghurt (dessert-type yoghurt): giaouti tin elliniki 1 garlic clove: skordo olive oil: elaiolado dill: anitho Recipe: Peel the cucumber, remove seeds, and cut into cubes. Place in a sieve with some salt, let drain. Put yoghurt into a bowl. With a garlic press, crush the garlic clove in the yoghurt. Check on cucumbers in the sieve, make sure liquid has been removed. If necessary, press with your hands. When it’s well drained of its fluids, mix into garlic yoghurt. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve …

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Meteora stop-over

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The Meteora: These one-of-a-kind mountains rise from the middle of the Plain of Thessaly (in central Greece). They were formed by a northern river that slowly deposited sediment, sand, and rocks over a long period of time until the water receded to the sea, leaving these sandstone mountains behind. And the sight of these giant rocks is stunning. If you’re at the summit on a foggy day, you won’t be able to see the mountains’ base… they appear to float in the air, earning the name the monks gave them 500 years ago: Meteora. This site isn’t just a national park that’s been classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It’s also a place of worship for Orthodox Christians. Monks have taken refuge here since the 10th century. They first lived as hermits in caves they reached by climbing the rocks alone or using ropes and wood. Then they built their monasteries, stone upon stone. There are still around fifteen monasteries at the top of Meteora, but only six are still inhabited by monks or …

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A Greek summer

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Well, there we have it… it’s a postcard-perfect summer with beaches to bask on. Greece and its daily 30° temperatures are mercifully filled with wind that keeps us from suffocating. We’re a long way from July’s hats and anoraks in Norway. Here less clothing is required; we live in our swimsuits. Less clothing = fewer trips to the laundromat = less mess! The van feels like it’s bigger because we have an extra room: the outdoors. How nice it is to take out our table and chairs, to put up a line for drying towels. The world is our living room and we love it. — Travelling Perspective. During this road trip, we are obviously driving. A lot. In the first four months of this trip, so far 134 days, there have only been 4 days when we didn’t drive. Whether it’s a half-hour drive or a 6 hour one, we drive every day. We’re getting used to long distances. We drink in the landscape around us, carried along by our playlist. We chat, sing, …

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