Saturday, 16 June 2012

Fri. June 15th 2012

The van needed servicing and Brent had made an appointment to have it done this morning weeks ago.  He took it down and waited nearly 45 minutes for his turn to come up and when the mechanic got to him, he told Brent that the van was too big for their racks and told him another place to take it.  Frustration reigns supreme!  How come they didn't know it wouldn't fit on their racks - they sold us the van!!!  So then, we have the address for this other place and an appointment for Mon. at 8:00 am.  In Greece you don't want to be trying to find an address on Monday morning during rush hour  -  so we drove to where the Google map pointed us to and there was nothing there, so we continued to look for the street and that's a challenge because there are LOTS of streets that have no street sign.  Finally Brent found a man who not only knew of the street, he offered to show us they way - so we followed him for a long way before we came to the place.  We would NEVER have found it on our own and we were so grateful for his help.  Another frustration - don't try to buy an electric fry pan in Greece - we have tried many places in Athens and they just don't have electric fry-pans  -  you can buy electric griddles (the type to do lots of pancakes on at one time, but no fry pans).  We'll survive!  Pres. & Sis. Charles went over to Cyprus today  -  this is their farewell trip over there and will no doubt be an emotional one.

Not a really good photo, but it gives you an idea of the magnolia tree and how big those flowers are -

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