We reached Karyes around 7:45 AM on Saturday and had a cheese bougatsa (basically filo dough and feta cheese) and bad Greek coffee.
Around 8:30, I tried again to get a hold of my friend Fr. Amilianos, since we had heard he was staying somewhere in Karyes, and we had to wait until 10:30 before the next bus left for the port of Dafni.
Fortunately, I got a hold of him, and he invited us to come visit the Cell of St. Nicholas, where he’s currently staying with Elder Joachim.
The top photo is of the cell.
I took the second photo from the upstairs balcony of the cell, overlooking Karyes.
Frs Joachim and Amilianos were very happy to meet us – they fed us every kind of pita and pastry they had and we had a VERY interesting discussion with the Elder about some contemporary issues in the church, particularly the latest so-called ‘controversy’ regarding the Athonite community and the Ecumenical Patriarch.
At 10:30, we caught the bus to Dafni, where we had a short wait before the boat returned to Ouranopoli. There was quite a bit of bad weather, and we weren’t at all certain the boat would leave. For awhile, it looked as if the boat’s captain wouldn’t be able to dock it. In the end, he did and we had a safe, uneventful trip home. (The third photo was taken on the boat back home – that’s my walking stick in the foreground!)
That’s all for this adventure.
Now I have a bunch of photos to through from this past Sunday, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, including our afternoon trip to the women’s monastery in Ormilia. Stay tuned…and post some comments for goodness’ sake! ( :