Friday, September 21, 2018

Life Out Loud

28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I come from a country where much of the time is spent indoors. Winter and other inclement weather send everyone scurrying for the comfort of buildings with central heating. Most people work indoors. Life is lived inside.

I have come to prefer the lifestyle I experience in other places. Here in Greece, life is lived outside. You wake up, and the first thing you do is go outside. There's no reason to stay in. The restaurants are all outside, the bars, the life. Even the movie theatre is outside, open air. Inside is for sleeping and not much else. Everything happens out of doors, in public. The things that we normally do inside happen outside. It's a freer, more relaxed way of living. There's something honest about it. It feels like life is lived unabashedly out loud.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gin and Tonic

12mm round - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Alcohol, well, quality alcohol was not easy to come by in Egypt. The only way to get branded spirits or non Egyptian wine was upon entering the country, or to bring it from abroad. There were all sorts of rules too: you could buy 4 bottles at duty free upon arrival, but if you didn't buy a bottle at the airport, you could only get 3 bottles max. There was a small duty free shop within walking distance from the apartment, so this is where we would go to get our 3 other bottles, as they had a far better selection than the airport. You had to buy within 48 hour of arrival in the country, and you could only do this a maximum of 4 times a year. These rules also changed occasionally. So everytime we left Egypt and returned, there was huge strategizing as to what needed replenishing in the kitchen cupboard bar. Campari, Aperol, Baileys, and tequila were all considered standards, but the most important thing was to make sure we had enough gin. I think at one point we had 6 kinds of gin in the apartment. But let me tell you, on a hot Egyptian night, sitting on the balcony to get some air (air quality notwithstanding), nothing, I repeat, NOTHING tastes better than a gin and tonic. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold, smalti, filati in sterling silver
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After what seems like months of struggle, peace has come at last. I am content. I'm not talking about the settling-for-something kind of contentment, I'm talking about a peaceful feeling that seems to go all the way to my toes. Food tastes better, the sun seems brighter, the Aegean sea seems even somehow more than usual. Life seems full of endless possibility. I have no idea where I'll physically be in a month, and I'm 100% fine with that, for a change. I'm tipsy on life right now. 

I hope this feeling sticks around for awhile, because it's great.