I’m not quite back from my blog hiatus yet, but I just want to put in a short update.
This whole summer I’ve been working in Athens. That means no peaceful island life, very little home cooking (at least, very little interesting home cooking), and not much of interest to discuss.
Some good news: there was some question about where we would be living in the fall (as of September 1) because of transfers with my husband’s work. Well as it turns out, we will definitely be living in the same archipelago. We don’t know yet, and won’t know until about September 1, on which island, but it will definitely be one of these islands.
After a summer traveling around Crete, Santorini, the Peloponnese, Delphi, and Northern Greece, as well as Athens of course, for my very, very demanding job, I’m very much looking forward to wrapping things up here in Athens in the next few days and then spending a few weeks relaxing at my in laws’ house (actually packing up our stuff for the move back to the islands) and then we should find out where we’ll be living.
Of course our fingers and toes are crossed that we can come back to the same little island, but wherever it is, we’re excited about it.
The economy here continues to be a nightmare. In a different island group (not ours), unemployment last year was 7.4%. This year, it’s over 52%. Yes, more than half of the people who need to be employed are unemployed. A “Depression” is 25% unemployment. I don’t even think there is a word for 50+% unemployment. I’m not sure what the statistics are for our island group, but I will be unemployed by the time we move there, and I will actively be looking for a job. I am very worried about it but we’re trying to make sure we can survive on my husband’s income alone (we can, barely, assuming they don’t cut it even more – which they might).