By Virginia Hooton
I have only spent three weeks on Paros. Three short weeks, and it has felt like I’ve only been here for a few days, it also feels as if I’ve been here for years. It’s so hard to describe my time here in a way that makes sense. I have had an amazing time; the people here are so wonderful, the weather is amazing, and we’re just allowed to exist.
I’m currently sitting at a Cafe, next to the waves and drinking a warm coffee. I am just enjoying my time with friends. Enjoying the breeze from the ocean and the shade from the cafés umbrella. Our drinks are warm and most importantly there is so rush, no stress to be anywhere we can stay at this cafe all day if we wanted. That is what I mean when I say that I feel free to exist.
Everywhere on the Island feels this way. It’s not just the restaurants, you could go almost anywhere and hang out and talk with others. I have become friends with many different shop owners and restaurant owners and staff. Everyone here is so open and friendly, willing to chat and build friendships with everyone.
I said it before and I’ll say it again; this place feels like it’s welcoming me home.