|We have been treated like royalty for the last few days at Bonçuk Camping. When we returned to the campground after posting our last blog entry we discovered that there had been a mini-hurricane. Our tent was full of mud and water and the clothes we had washed were soaked and sand-blasted. We spent the next few hours cleaning up and the manager felt so badly he brought us tea. Then later he brought a platter of just-picked pomegranates, oranges and a bag of fresh walnuts (which are much easier to crack and taste sweet, not bitter like the ones we get at home). The owner's nephew was out fishing and got caught in the storm. He called the campground for a ride back but the manager didn't know how to drive so Rick did the driving and rescued the fishermen. Later the fishermen made us freshly-squeezed pomegranate/lime/orange/mandarin juice. It was ridiculously generous. Every time we turned around someone was bringing us treats. We were also given yogurt, fresh eggs (the chickens wander around everywhere) and some dried oregano.
We had planned to leave yesterday but the weather was so incredible that we wanted to spend the day at the beach which we had all to ourselves. The local jandarma apparently visited while we were sunbathing and wanted to see our passports but the manager didn't want to disturb us so he told them that he would call in our passport numbers later.
We practically cried as we left this morning. I think that we Canadians have a lot to learn about hospitality.
Now we are headed up the west coast and are researching ferry connections to Italy. We had hoped to drive most of the way there through Greece but everything we have read on the internet advises against this. So we will probably have to take 3 ferries to get there.
Take care everyone,
Christine and Rick