In a short time all of our lives have been turned upside down because of Corona virus. Our daily programmes have dramatically changed; we are trying to cope with this new reality and nobody can tell what the near future is going to bring. Every day we hear something new that we did not think of the day before. At Odyssey we should right now be preparing the building and finishing the refurbishing of the rooms. We should be cleaning with family and staff, getting ready for Easter and anxiously await the first customers’ arrivals and our season to start.
Preparations on hold
Instead, all we can do is follow the instructions and stay at home. Dora and Vangelis are walking their dog Roy and take care of the people around them, instead of painting the bistro and cleaning the garden. Roula and Stella are staying at home instead of preparing the kitchen and bistro. Michelle is taking good care of her family and stays home instead of preparing the rooms. In a few weeks the rest of the staff should start working too. Vagia and Alexis would be coming to Poros to prepare new recipes and menus for the bistro. Mafalda and Adonia would start soon after as well. All this is on hold. We are missing our family a lot, and the usual buzz at this time of the year at Odyssey and on Poros.
In 2020 we are actually celebrating the 25-year anniversary of Odyssey. In the upcoming weeks we were supposed to be having the first celebrations that we prepared with love and fun. Twenty-five years of hard work, fun, happiness, some problems and difficulties as well, which we overcame to bring us to where we are today. We had planned some parties and beautiful moments for this summer. A party with some presents for all our friends and our extended ‘Odyssey family’ members who all those years believed in us and supported us with their presence and their return visits. But that too is on hold this year.
Taking care of each other
We should not complain of course as we have each other (via the telephone) and we are in a small paradise where even looking out of our windows in those beautiful and glorious days can lift up our spirits.
We will take care of our family and extended Odyssey family. We will take care of the rest of the people by staying at home. We will take care of our garden so in the Summer we can cook with our own harvest and pick our olives in October. We will passionately wait for the moment that we can welcome our guests, friends and family again at Odyssey. Like all problems we had in the past, small and big, this too will pass. We will remember it and talk about it with a nice glass of wine and some fabulous food and music.
Katerina’s Kouzina continues
I asked myself if in a time like this it would be right to keep posting my blogs. To post something happy. But I decided that I want to continue posting especially in a time like this. I think we need something positive, and to keep our passion for cooking alive and enjoy stories that will take our mind off things. So while we are all waiting for things to change for the better, we can have a nice time together online and keep enjoying good food.
Stay safe, stay good, take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Let’s hope all of us can meet each other soon.