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Arrived in the village of Kouvasi

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Yia Sou ( Aloha in greek)
We finally arrived at our first Wwoofing farm outside the village of Kouvasi in Crete... it seems like it took forever to finally get into nature and back to the basics of what we are used to... Our airbnb host was kind enough to give us a ride to the bus stop so we didn't have to worry about trying to find our way again... We got the bus and took a 2.5 hour journey to the deep countryside of Crete. We passed through the most toursitey towns you could ever imagine.. I was kinda nervous as to where we were getting off but when we arrived at Kouvasi I knew we were in the right spot...
We got dropped off in this tiny village with the huge mountains nearby and literally waited about 5 minutes before our hosts found us... What a sweet family. Serene, Alex and Iari ( harry without the H) picked us up and brought us to the farm that we are staying on... It is like heaven on earth. I never thought we could find another place more quiet and tranquil then our farm in big island...
Literally you hear nothing but the waves breaking and the wind blowing in the trees... They brought boxes upon boxes of food for us and filled the kitchen and fridge up, gave us a tour of the farm and literally said enjoy we will see you soon! The amount of things they left us with was so kind. So much abundance. Freshly picked huge figs, nectarines, plums, apples, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, You could barley close the fridge there was so much! Is is very customary for Cretians to be very welcoming to say the least!
We are staying by ourselves on the farm. It is very quaint and humble. We are sleeping in a retro fitted camper van that has 2 big beds. There is also a couple of other small structures. One is a kitchen with mini fridge, sink etc all that you need to cook and be comfortable, the other a gorgeous little out door shower and another is a toliet... It is way more then I could have ever imagined... The children are in heaven... It is on a hillside over looking the sea and to the back a huge mountain... The only thing you hear is the wind and here a there a goat in the distance... The children are spending their time looking for new insects and helping us collect wild herbs...
There is a run down garden that we will be fixing up and lots an lots of herbs planted... the farm is called Votania ( herbs) They are growing mostly lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lemon grass... There is a small garden used for growing food and we have been collecting seeds and starting new starts...
Yesterday was so fun we took a walk down to tholos bay ( a 10 minute walk) and on the way collected wild capers... we are going to be making capers to bring home as gifts and to eat!!! They are growing wild everywhere! You can literally eat the whole plant...
A couple of days ago the family picked us up and took us into a small village in the mountains where there is the oldest recorded olive tree that exists.. it is literally 3500 yrs old... Leo spent the time there trying to catch goats... IT was really fun! I will post some photos soon...I will write more soon too! The family is waiting for me to explore the town which we haven't done yet. There is no internet where we stay so I will try to come to town every so often to record what we are doing and our experiences! Much love!

Posted by OhanaNomads 03:45 Archived in Greece Tagged bay kouvasi tholos

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I screamed when I read "freshly picked HUGE figs,nectarines" etc/ Lana I LOVE your blog and pure prose: what a delightful experience. Leo,Marley and Papa BEAR have found themselves in a "this home away from home"....you go girl: toastyboogie

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