G’Day or Kali Mera

Two years ago when we were in Australia for my husband’s sabbatical I spent a glorious afternoon alone at Bondi Beach, a cute hippie town with healthy restaurants and a baby-powder soft white sand beach. I told my husband that if I ever went missing look for me there as it was a wonderful place to which I harbored fantasies of running away. But now that I have been to Crete, I might have to amend my fantasy.

Crete is my new favorite place on the planet. I loved the beautiful beaches, tall rugged mountains, historic ruins from the last 4500 years ago (that is not a typo) and of course lots and lots of sunshine. And did I mention the fresh healthy food? And best of all friendly welcoming people!

Truly a wonderful place in which I felt right at home.

I have had the opportunity to live in many places in the USA and several places overseas and have learned that some places feel comfortable to me and others just don’t. It isn’t an equation of weather or people or food or culture although all that helps. For me it is an emotional response to a place.

I remembering feeling right at home the first time I stepped on campus at Hampshire College in the fall of 1977, after being devastated when I learned that I would not get into my first choice of Amherst College down the road. And it all turned out just right. I started to blossom at Hampshire and in many ways still feel the unfolding of myself that started those many years ago.

I also felt right at home after landing on the island of Crete last month.

So while they say G’Day down under, they say Kali Mera on Crete. And if you can’t find me at home in sunny San Jose, look for me on Crete (or perhaps Bondi Beach)!

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10 thoughts on “G’Day or Kali Mera

  1. Dorita

    Sounds wonderful! I felt the same way about both Taipei and New Orleans even though weather – wise these would not be my typical choices. Enjoy the rest of your journey and I’ll see you when you get home.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks. I liked New Orleans too, but not enough to run away to. I will have to check out Taipei someday. See you in a few weeks.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      One of my plans is to lead yoga retreats to Crete in the future. The private tour guide we hired for four of our days on Crete is excited to work with me on this. The plan is to be able to make this a reality in just a few years. No matter what, I am going back!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      It was amazing and someday, in a few years, I hope to lead healing yoga retreats to Crete for women–start saving your money so that you may join us!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks Cindy, I did feel at home there, just as I did in Italy, later in the trip. Never felt at home in Vienna, although we had a lovely 2 1/2 weeks there and the weather was lovely. Why are there some places on the planet where we feel comfortable and some where we don’t?

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  2. Lorrie Goldin

    It’s amazing how a place can speak to us emotionally. I remember going to an incredibly obscure beach (maybe Red Beach?) on Crete when I was 24–simply astonishing. I always think of Joni Mitchell’s song about Crete and the Matala moon.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      The south side of the island is much more remote than the northside and much less developed. This is where they have some retreat centers and some very small villages and towns. Have you ever made it back to Crete? And what is the name of the Joni Mitchell song you are referring to?

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