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Published: October 23rd 2014
Last night Deke and I, while walking to a restaurant for dinner, saw a beautiful site. It appeared that a couple was renewing their vows, inclusive of not only a red carpet, but of fireworks as well. From what our guide Leftelis said, Santorini is a big wedding and vow-renewal destination. I suppose that in a sense, Deke and I have renewed our vows by taking this trip to Greece to celebrate our three-year anniversary.
Though I suffer from motion sickness, I felt that I just had to take a tour of a couple of volcanic islands; I thought that the tour might entail a ferry ride; instead I learned it was a catamaran tour. We left from the southern part of Santorini, and the waters were very rough. I did what the crew and captain suggested, which was to look at the horizon while traveling; however, despite my efforts, I became ill. After we sailed past a certain point and were on what they call the Cliffside of the island, the waters calmed appreciatively and I went out onto the bow of the boat. I had no idea that it could be so freeing; the wind helped my motion
sickness, and an international set of passengers were there waiting for me: a couple from Australia; a couple from Hong Kong, and; a man from Argentina we nicknamed, Aqua Man because he loved the boat and swimming so much. We stopped by the first volcanic island wherein there were warm springs in the ocean right next to the island; next we went to the another volcanic island, and the captain and crew made us a wonderful lunch; unfortunately, I did not allow myself to enjoy it fully thinking that I must eat light in case the waters became rough again. When we sailed back around the southern part of the island, the waves did indeed become rough; I did a lot better this time, but a passenger became very ill, and others were on their way. Because of my motion sickness, I did not take any photos on the excursion because I was afraid of becoming more ill; however, a beautiful woman from Hong Kong took a couple of photos of me—proof that I actually went on the tour!
Despite this problem, I was glad that I did it because I had an adventure. Deke stayed back at the
hotel and relaxed. The gentleman from Memphis, Tennessee who became so ill told me to tell my husband that he was his hero because he stayed at the hotel, and let me go on ahead without him.
When I returned to Astra Suites and greeted my brown-faced husband (he had been out in the sun all day), I was glad to see him though I needed a breather. I rested, and was treated to my last sunset in Santorini before we left for Athens the next day.
In my ongoing reading in Ethics
, Aristotle had something to say about comedy:
Now they who exceed in the ridiculous are judged to be Buffoons and Vulgar, catching at it in any and every way and at any cost, and aiming rather at raising laughter than at saying what is seemly and at avoiding to pain the object of their wit. They, on the other hand, who would not for the world make a joke themselves and are displeased with such as do are thought to be Clownish and Stern. But they who are Jocular in good taste are denominated by a Greek term expressing properly ease of movement, because
such are thought to be, as one may say, motions of the moral character; and as bodies are judged of by their motions so too are moral characters.
This could be a problem for me; I made a mean joke about Kim Kardashian in an earlier blog. But, perhaps Aristotle would have seen it as warranted; it’s hard to tell.
Off to Athens tomorrow; I will miss this beautiful view in Santorini.
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