There is that little nice cafe called “Kima” (which means “wave”), in the beach of Kalamata. It is cheap, they have nice beautiful cups (not the all-look-the-same ones that you see usually in cafes, and which you are sure that are the cheapest ones), they make greek coffee the old traditional way (cooked over fire, in a coffee pot, and not by a machine). It is very cheap (for greek standarts): the coffee costs 1,30 Euros. As its name implies, it is just right over the waves. We used to go there in the summer, have a swim and drink a coffee before we come back to start working. We went there today. At 8:30, after we dropped the kids to their “school”.
We played backgammon and drunk coffee. The sun was hot, everything was very quiet.
Charging your batteries for all the rest of the day. The perfect way to start your day.
I don’t want to leave Kalamata. We could NOT live like that in Athens.
An interesting story about “Greek coffee”. Until 1967 everyone in Greece was calling it “Turkish coffee”. Some old people still do. And then the dictatorship came. The military government, brainwashed in the military all their lives didn’t like the word “Turkish” to be talked everyday. It was spoiling their image about their country and their culture to have something “Turkish” in their every day life. So they just forbid it. If you were heard asking for “Turkish” coffee in the cafes, you were facing charges!!! . So after 7 years, they managed to change it. By the time the dictatorship ended, the “Turkish” coffee, had been baptized “Greek” coffee.