Saturday, September 10, 2016

Prodigy, Λαμπράκη και καροτσάκια της λαϊκής!



Οι Prodigy δεν έχουν καμία απολύτως σχέση με το post. Απλά γούσταρα και τους έβαλα.....

Έφτασε το Σάββατο που ξεκίνησα (σχεδόν) κανονικό πρόγραμμα!
Πρώτο μάθημα, καινούριο παιδάκι στην Τούμπα. Δύο λεωφορεία όπως παλιά... Βέβαια μαθημένη από τότε ξεκίνησα μια ώρα πριν, όμως για ένα παράδοξο λόγο έφτασα Άνω Τούμπα σε ένα τέταρτο...  Κατέβηκα 3-4 στάσεις πιο πριν και άρχισα να περπατάω...

Είχα να πάω Τούμπα πάνω από 5 χρόνια, όταν δούλευα σε εκείνη την αλυσίδα φροντιστηρίων... Πολύ πιεστική χρονιά... Τι να πρωτοθυμηθώ... Ότι δούλευα ατελείωτες ώρες, ότι έτρεχα για σεμινάρια και meetings εκτός ωραρίου, το γεγονός ότι με 3 ώρες ανά τάξη έπρεπε να κάνω βίντεο, τραγούδια, εξτρα ύλη και την κανονική και να έχουν τελειώσει μέχρι τον Μάρτιο ή το γεγονός ότι με θεωρούσαν "συνδικαλίστρια" επειδή ήξερα πόσα χρήματα δικαιούμαι.... Η συνεργασία μας φυσικά δεν συνεχίστηκε και είμαι και στη μαύρη λίστα της συγκεκριμένης αλυσίδας....
Δεν ξεχνάω όμως και όλα αυτά που έζησα με τα παιδιά μου, την πλάκα, το καραόκε με την Rihanna και όλη την αγάπη που έχω πάρει....




Με έπιασε το παράπονο και δεν ήθελα αυτό το post να είναι έτσι...


Από ότι φαίνεται η Λαμπράκη έχει αλλάξει πάρα πολύ μέσα στα 5 αυτά χρόνια... πολλά μαγαζιά, πολλά καφέ... πάρα πολλά καφέ.


Και περνάω και από το στενό που έμενε η συμφοιτήτρια μου η Αγγελική - εκεί πήγαινα και φτιάχναμε τις εργασίες της σχολής... αυτή έλεγε κι εγώ έγραφα... Δύσκολα χωρίς υπολογιστή βέβαια, μα οι δεινόσαυροι θα με καταλάβουν... Η φιλενάδα μου τώρα διαπρέπει στη Γερμανία βέβαια... εγώ ξέμεινα στην Τούμπα... (που λέει ο λόγος!)


Keep walking λοιπόν και όπου μας βγάλει ο δρόμος....


Και με έβγαλε ο δρόμος στο γήπεδο του ΠΑΟΚ... και θυμάμαι τους μαθητές μου που με ρωτούσαν τι ομάδα είμαι και τους έλεγα ΑΡΗΣ και με κράζανε... καλά κυρία στην Τούμπα είστε και είστε ΑΡΗΣ; Δεν γίνονται αυτά τα πράγματα!!!


Να που χαζεύοντας ξεχάστηκα και πέρασα όλα τα καφέ... Βρήκα ένα μπουγατσατζίδικο δεκαετίας '80 και παίρνω καφέ με σελοτέιπ. Πουρουφάν δε ζήτησα γιατί ήταν καυτός... Που είναι το Αλικάκι να μου κάνει καφέ της προκοπής ε; ε;
Κάνω το μάθημά μου... εμπειρία και αυτό... Αλλά θα μιλήσω για τις εξετάσεις στο άλλο μου μπλογκ, όπως κάνω ΚΑΘΕ χρόνο αλλά δεν με ακούει και κανείς η αλήθεια είναι...

Ενώ όταν πήγαινα έκανα 15 λεπτά, στο γυρισμό μoυ πήρε μια ώρα. Πολλή κίνηση, πολύς κόσμος, γιαγιάδες και παπούδες με τα καροτσάκια της λαϊκής. Από Τούμπα κατεβαίνουν Μακεδονίας για το μεγάλο παζάρι του Σαββάτου. Αυτό ποτέ δεν το κατάλαβα. Ακόμα και όταν έμενα Μαρτίου και ήταν δίπλα στο σπίτι μου! Δεν το χω πολύ με τη μαγειρική... Δεν ξέρω να διαλέγω καλά φρούτα και λαχανικά. Και στην λαϊκή να πάω πάλι ότι να 'ναι θα πάρω. Οπότε σκέφτομαι ότι και ο χασάπης και ο μανάβης της γειτονιάς πρέπει να ζήσουν και αυτοί...  Πάντως μ'αυτά και μ'εκείνα γέμισε το λεωφορείο με γιαγιάδες και καροτσάκια.
Και pokemon... Έπιασα 5-6 με κοιτούσε η διπλανή κοπέλα παράξενα σου λέει παίζει και η θειά pokemon....


Και η γιαγιά στην πόρτα του λεωφορείου να μη με αφήνει να κατέβω... Μαθήματα διεκδικτηκότητας που λέει και το αφεντικό....
Η περιπέτειά μου στην Τούμπα τελείωσε εκεί...
Αλλά αρχίζει η σχολική χρονιά! Θα δω τα μαθητάκια μου! Νομίζω ότι άρχισα να έχω κέφια πάλι μετά από μια πολύ δύσκολη χρονιά...



Λίγο η θυροξίνη που μου έλειπε, λίγο τα καινούρια μου φιλαράκια, λίγο το καινούριο project: sanity, peace, serenity (γαλήνη, ειρήνη, νηφαλιότητα όχι μ'αυτήν τη σειρά απαραίτητα - ακούστε και το τραγουδάκι τα λέει όλα) μου δίνουν λίγο παραπάνω ενέργεια.
Σας εύχομαι οι επόμενοι μήνες να είναι σαν ζεστός γλυκός καφές!!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Going around Palermo


 When I booked the trip to Palermo - I was telling everybody I was going to Italy.... But I wasn't...
I was going to Sicily which is a completely different place!!!
Since I was there a couple of days before the EdYouFest begun, I found the chance to go around Palermo a bit!



The historical area of Palermo is actually a place with huge, I mean enormous buildings. Everywhere you go you see a church, a palace, a museum, a building with a special meaning and history behind it. I didn't actually have a guide, but if you consider that I just had a map and a couple of friends who spoke a bit of Italian, only the fact that we didn't actually get lost much was a big deal!! So I am not going to comment with facts, but with thoughts and feelings instead!

Teatro massimo
 One of those HUGE buildings, which you don't actually know how to get a picture of.

Strawberry and coffee flavor
 Gelato,on the other hand, was something that I could order in perfect Italian!!

This is the first thing I saw when we went to Palermo. Gate of the city of some kind! Really impressive!



All streets in the center of Palermo are more or less just like this. Decorated with little lights or flags. Sicilian atmosphere everywhere!


Palermo by night
We did get robbed out of our money by a taxi driver though!
I mean he wanted 52 Euros for a 20-minute ride!!
100 Euros to go from the village to Palermo and back!!! (trip to Italy from Greece costs about the same amount!!!)



The next day I was in Palermo, we went somewhere off the beaten track. Visited a local market and went a bit outside of the usual tourist path. I got a bit scared. I mean when you are in a strange place and you look like a tourist , it IS pretty dangerous, you might get mugged or beaten or whatever. Thank God Christina was able to get us out of there back to the main street. I am sure I spoiled her exploration, but better safe than sorry....







I was so happy to meet Barbi - I mean crazy and mind-like people are always nice to be with!!



Ostello Baia del Corallo, the hostel where we stayed was near a small village, about half an hour drive from Palermo. 
The view was fantastic, the accommodation was  pretty basic, it was like camping actually and I had to sleep on a bunk bed. It was just re-living my college years to be exact.
And although it's not my kind of holiday, I have met wonderful people, exchanged ideas, made new friends who have something to share with me. (more on the EdYouFest on my other blog later today)
A wonderful experience! Let's do it again next year!

 

Space Odyssey and much much more!

When Chuck skyped me some moths ago with the news, I was over excited!!
Me? Alone? in Palermo?

Went straight to the travel agent to make plans!
I didn't dare to book all those flights on my own! I have not that much of traveling experience and I said to myself, oh well I will pay a few euros more, but at least I'll be safe... ( I thought!)
So I go to the agent we use at the office - she booked me some really good flights she said - same company, same terminal in Rome - just another airline in Athens, so it would be cheaper.
Excited as I was I never thought that booking flights 45 minutes apart was not a really good idea after all!! (Never using this travel agency again btw)


Going from Thessaloniki to Athens and from Athens to Rome was ok - got into my planes just in time.
Landing in Rome earlier made it possible for me to get off the plane 15 minutes after we landed, find the gate, run (run really hard - sometimes I am glad that I go to the gym!!!)



Just made it!!!! Got into the plane IN time and the flight was about 10 minutes delayed, so I was ok!!!
I thought this was an adventure, but I thought wrong!!!
Sicily trip was great - had its ups and its downs and I will talk about Palermo and EdYouFest in another post.
My trip back to Greece is something I will be telling my grandchildren!!!


I went to Palermo airport a couple of hours earlier. To be safe. Had a coffee, played with my laptop a bit, relaxed. After all it was the first day I had wifi and I was soooooo happy.
I was calm, although I knew that my flights this time were 45 minutes apart!!!
When I finally reach my gate, I find out there is a 10 minute delay. I go to the desk, showing them my tickets -"Don't you worry seniora, you have plenty of time to go to your flight"!!!  20 minutes delay. "Seniora, you will make it!!!!" Getting on the plane ... "Plenty of time seniora!!"10 more minutes until we take off. Starting to really worry. 14.30 (next flight leaves at 14.50!!!) - Announcement - "We are reaching Rome airport in veinti minuti" What the hell is veinti (Why don't I speak Italian???).
Telling the flight attendants again. "Don't worry seniora! - You - comfirmed passenger - they will wait for you!!!"
When I finally get off the plane, the plane to Rome had hot left yet....
RUN FOREST RUN!!
I have to go to section D.
I am in B...
When I finally reach gate D9 - the plane had gone...
"Seniora go to "transiti" - Back to B1
Tears in my eyes...

Alone... in Rome ... I don't speak Italian... they don't speak English... I am missing my next flight to Thessaloniki. No battery on my phone...
After a looong wait in "transiti" they put me in the next flight. It's 15.00 - next flight its at 21.50, reaches Athens at 1 o'clock in the morning. I have no idea how I will go to Thessaloniki.
I find a plug for my phone- Wifi is great in Fiumicino airport btw!!
Booking Aegean at 6.40 in the morning. Credit card doesn't work!!! Now what? Cash card? It's the 30th of the month, still no money into my account? or maybe? Oh yes - we got paid!! (thank you boss!!!!)
Flight booked!!!!
Alitalia gave me a coupon to eat - I find a quiet corner in a restaurant with plugs and wifi.


Going around the airport for the last couple of hours. I must have had 5 cappuccinos... or more...
I can't complain... Messages from people to check if I am ok! I have good friends....
Just before I leave Rome, I get a message from Alexandra, a teacher from Athens.
The funny thing is that although we have met in Athens and we are friends on Facebook, we don't really know each other well - She says she will meet me at the airport, so I won't spend the night alone! Arrived in Athens at about 1.30 am...

I have never stayed the whole night out in my life btw!! Turns out to be a great night!! It's really funny how you can relate to somebody you don't really know and become best friends. Just like that. In one night...
God-sent people; one of them is definitely Alexandra...
6.40 on my flight to Thessaloniki at last!
Back to reality with no sleep for 28 hours...
Ready for the new (school)year!!
#keepmoving