Hello everybody! For those that have been tracking us through email and Facebook, you will know that we are finally moving in to a house here in Crete. Yes, that’s right – after 2 weeks in a hotel in Germany, 3 months in a hotel here, we are finally settling in to what is going to be the Barker house for our stay here on the beautiful island of Crete (however long that ends up being). The movers dropped everything off on Monday and we have been busily unpacking everything since then. The house here is MUCH smaller than the one we came from in Germany and we thought we had gotten rid of enough stuff before moving here, but apparently not. When the movers were unpacking everything and putting it into the house, one of them joked that while we had 10 crates worth of stuff, we had a house big enough for 5! Fortunately we are finding places for just about everything, though a few of the items we brought will get turned into firewood instead of getting put together. Oh well, probably didn’t need it anyways, right?
In the house, we have an upstairs office that you get to by going up a spiral, metal staircase. The movers liked that, too, because that meant they didn’t have to take anything big upstairs. They were a very friendly bunch of guys that really took a liking to Gavin. He spent all of the morning/afternoon helping them move stuff into the house. Such a big boy! Tristan, on the other hand, was off at school – the bus found our house with the directions Ginger gave them. Did we ever mention that there aren’t any house numbers here and most streets don’t have names? So when you give directions, it goes something like this – take a right at the 3rd olive tree, pass the 5th goat on the right… Well, you get the picture!
Yesterday I finally finished getting all of the furniture put together and in the right place so we could start unpacking the boxes and have places to put everything. This is going to be a long process, but so far, so good. We also added a puppy to our house yesterday! She is the most adorable puppy I’ve ever seen (do I say that about all puppies?)! So, between the 4 humans in the house, we also have our cat Chester, a kitten named Tzatziki we’re watching for friends that are back in the states until February, and our new puppy Annie. It is a definitely a full house, but I am loving every minute of it.
For now, no phone or internet, though. The recent rioting left the main telephone office downtown in shambles, so I can’t even go down and order phone service yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that next week, which will have us with phone service a couple weeks after that. Once we get phone service, we can then go down and order DSL, which could take anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months (or more). Go figure. That’s the price you pay for living on this beautiful island. I don’t think I’ll mind too much, though. Last night we didn’t have any TV, internet, or any other distractions. Ginger and I just sat on the couches with the puppy and the kitten and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was one of the best nights I’ve had ina long time. I could definitely get used to that!