As the days unfold more will be known about this tremendous experience, as we trekked in the Footsteps of Thucydides in time and place. For the second year in a row this was a great experience for me as a teacher taking an outstanding group of young people who were polite, respectfull and thirsty for knowledge and experience. I was especially touched by their great gesture of respect and appreciation.
In Crete there is a very strong tradition of oral history and rhyming couplets that are improvised, which are called mandinades.
This is a mandinada that was written by Pagona Viglis in our honor.
Ενα μπουκετο με παιδια A bouquet of children
Πετρο μας εχεις φερει Petro you brought us
να δουνε και να γνωρισουνε so they can see and know
Και τα δικα σου μερη your home
Τοσο μακρια που ηρθατε You've come from so far
τ'αρχαια μας να δητε to See our ancient sites
τις ομορφιες του τοπου μας the beauty of our land
στο γηρισμο να πητε in your return proclaim
καλο ταξιδι ευχομαστε Good voyage we wish you
με μια ευχη μεγαλη with the great hope
στην ομορφη πατριδα μας that one day our beautiful country
να ξαναρθητε παλι you visit again