The first thing to greet me was the light of the moon as it rises over the mountain guarding Parikia. I have fallen in love with many places before in my life, but never so thoroughly as this. With Selene’s kiss warming my heart, I hop in a cab to the Villa Katerina. I take note of the shops, taverns, and restaurants still open in the middle of the night. The people of the island seem to be thriving now, though I did not yet understand why. I arrive at my room after speaking with our custodian, happy that the journey was over, yet excited that the journey had just begun. Somewhat refreshed by finally arriving, I ventured out into the night to find a spot to have a drink and mingle, for a short time with the locals. As I walked around the streets, I began to understand the people of Paros. It is a small community. Many of the people still at the restaurants were Parians, not tourists. They were speaking of family, community, the work to be done the next day, their trials and joys. As I sat down with my drink, and interacted as best I could, tired from my journeys. With the long trek finally over, I gazed into the night over the sea, curious as to what new adventures awaited.
By Jason Peercy