Right now the summer season of 2020 is ending. A summer that I have never experienced before and hopefully will never experience again. Basically nothing went as planned, or expected, at the beginning of the year. I would like to share what happened; how Corona has affected the Odyssey and why it has been more quiet than usual on Katerina’s Kouzina.
Most of our guests and friends who had planned their holidays with us this year had to cancel their booking because they were not able to come. For a while in May we thought that both Odyssey apartments and our glamping should not open this year. Eventually we did not want to give up that easily and decided to make the best of it and opened at the end of June. We received several friends and guests, for instance from Athens, who gradually started coming to Poros. First in the weekends of June, later in July and the beginning of August. At that time, all Covid-measures were relatively mild for all of Greece as our daily cases were extremely low.
An empty Poros
Unfortunately, that changed; at a certain point in August there was a high prevalence of Corona cases on Poros and the island got higher restriction measures. This situation got a lot of exposure in the Greek and foreign media, only they reported that Poros had a full lockdown that we did not have at all. The result was that all of our guests left from one day to the other and the guests who had booked for the remaining time in August all cancelled. It was unreal to see Poros without any visitors and tourists in the middle of August. Unreal to close Odyssey for the first time in 25 years in the busiest Summer month. All this, while we were supposed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Odyssey in 2020.
Corona was not our only concern. Some of our family members had health problems and my father passed away in September. He was not well over the past few years, but he reached 88 years of age. We miss him; his love, presence, advice and humour every day.
Photo: Annette Spaan
A new year coming up
So far 2020 has not been very kind to us and to the world, but life goes on and we hope that 2021 will be much better; A year of fun, lots of cooking and happy evenings with music and joy. We are looking forward to (hopefully) see you then! We want to thank everybody for their support; also the people who moved their bookings for 2020 to 2021 and did not ask for a refund. At the same time of course understanding those who did ask.
New recipes and stories!
The Odyssey has been quiet and so has Katerina’s Kouzina, but more cooking fun, new recipes and stories about Poros are coming up! We will start making our beloved Christmas recipes soon. I am very excited to start blogging again! Next week I will publish my recipe for Sea bass with zucchini and olives. Don’t miss it!
Photos: George Gkionis