Yes, I will definitely stay here. I feel lucky staying here. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up here, I know the place, the people. It’s a nice place, it’s quite … I love the feeling … Yes, it’s definitely safe. The only thing, I don’t like to think, for the moment, I don’t feel that ... When I want to leave the island … I don’t know what’s going to happen inside me if I don’t have the chance to leave … For a week, a few days, for a day … To go on a boat, to go to the mountains, anything. When I finish the job for the summer, I have that feeling that I want to leave for a few days. Go to another place, relax my mind and body a little bit. And then, I’m really happy to be staying here. You know, many people are coming and saying it’s far away from city, you don’t have many options, you don’t have this, you don’t have that, it’s not working for me … For the moment, I don’t think I need something for my life. And if I want to do something, I can find it. There are things to do here. Fishing, snorkeling, painting. There are things to do, you just need to find it within yourself.
I left Ithaca for a total of 5 years. After Melbourne, I came back here, then went to Germany and back here, visited London and Romania for a short time. But I have settled down here. I have no regrets. Honestly, I’m really happy to live here.
After the crash in Greece, I lost my job and I was really stressed. So now I work for that family. When they are here, I work as long as they want, sometimes 5 hours, sometimes 12, it doesn’t matter. I’m there for them. When they are not here, I work 5 days a week at their house, supervising, doing some cleaning, little bit of gardening. And in my free time, I spend it doing things to my house, friends, going hiking. One of my favorite places is up the mountain, there’s a nice view. I’m not getting bored. I don’t feel the island is boring.
I have good friends away, they are dreaming of something else, trying for something better according to them. I just show them the way I feel. I don’t try to convince them to stay. What I do with the friends that are here but are not happy and don’t have the opportunity to leave, I try to encourage them to see things differently, to think differently, to see the good side to being here. I had a friend who was also a hairdresser and we were talking about doing a salon together, with hairdressing, massage … But she got married and is lives in Italy. She has a child now. That was the main plan.
In Ithaca, there are so many trees and herbs around, and nobody knows about them. That was one of my thoughts, to collect herbs and maybe make oil, or sell them to the market. There are so many things we could do, but nobody cares. Even people my age. We should care about what is around us and make a better place for all of us. It is a good place to hike – to visit it all, not just the town hall and what you see in the pictures. If only people cared a little more about this place. Even me. I would like people to see the resources that we have here. We could plant trees - lemon, apple, we could have any tree that we wanted, but nobody does anything about it, even at their houses. It’s something nice to wake up in the morning and pick your own fruit and vegetables. One day I want my own garden. Not that I won’t buy anything at the market, but to be a little bit sustainable in a way.