Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Greek Independence Day

One of the best things about living abroad is that you have the opportunity to meet a lot of other expats from all over the world. If you're lucky, some of them will really know how to throw a party. An Irish woman we know enlisted the help of a truly international crew (Denmark, Serbia, Brazil, and Scotland are just a few of the nationalities that come to mind) to throw a Blue & White party under the auspices of celebrating Greek Independence Day. It felt like we were actually on the set of ABBA's Mamma Mia! The Movie .
The Greek "Island" of Santorini?
There were elaborate decorations, ranging from the floating cupola and lanterns (pictured above) to re-purposed pallets painted white and converted into bars and furniture (decorated with blue pillows, of course). And the food! There was lamb, souvlaki, and all sorts of other dishes filling a buffet that ran from one end of the pool to the other.

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Blue lights, white tablecloths, and golden lights
There were blue tables with white table cloths that sat beneath a string of lights that casually swayed in the breeze carrying the staccato sounds of traditional Greek music. We actually entered the area to the theme from Zorba the Greek, which is arguably one of the best songs to enter anywhere to.
As the night drifted along, the Greek music was slowly replaced by pop music, but I was getting tired. We could still hear the music through our window, and I lamented the fact that this was exactly the kind of music I wanted to hear at the party...only it came an hour too late. Everything here seems to run late. Which, based on our experiences in Greece, seems about right for a Greek themed party. But as far as I can remember, there weren't any Greeks at this party...does that qualify as a Greek tragedy?

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