RnY102 Von Loutros nach Kipi (Grenze Griechenland/Türkei)
Fcl went for a hike.
May 31, 2021
Today it is raining. Heaven is crying tears, perhaps out of joy, because life is getting ready to cope with COVID and to show itself alive again or sad because today the last stage leads through Greece, the sixteenth.Greece is a fascinating country. It kept popping up in my mind. Even if there are things that always annoy me. But that is part of life, not paradise on earth but heaven on earth, with little ones. human weaknesses.From the starting point it went straight across the road towards Ferres. I walked into the place and was surprised by that, except that it was raining, there was obviously a market day, some stalls were already set up, others were still being set up. Diverse offer, food and drink, clothes, household items, the usual.At the end of the market I pulled up the hill to the left and came to a church that I had heard about but which was very impressive, the 'Panagia Kosmosoteira'. This goes back to the early twelfth century, exactly 1152, was in the meantime a mosque, was converted back into a Greek Orthodox church in the 20th century. Particularly noticeable to me: a beautiful Star of David can be seen in the dome. Perhaps the three of them have already been able to talk to each other here.From the church it goes over the streets out of the village of Ferres, through long fields, with very long, straight sections, along a water channel; it just goes towards the border.And what did I find in relation to Yerushalayim in Greece? Saloniki, Sephardic Salonika, the forgotten and rediscovered 'Jerusalem of the Balkans'. So there are references. experienced in this city, in this region, in this region, in this area of northern Greece. Little if not at all.And the cave, the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus? The most beautiful, philosophical thought model that you surely know is Plato's allegory of the cave. We are more or less sitting in a theater, a film is being shown. The question is, are the objects that are moved behind me in front of the flickering sunlight, candlelight or torch, are those that are perceived as images of me, the truth, the image or: what is real and what is an image? It is a large part of the theory of ideas, there is the chair as an idea and everything we know as a chair is a modification, a materialization. This allegory of the cave has always been with me. As a good way to question seeing and perceiving in simple steps. I had to learn for myself, look carefully. I still find it difficult.But if we think in terms of cave, then there is also the cave, which we know as the abdominal cavity, which offers protection for oneself but especially for the unborn home, home to grow up and thrive? To develop, in peace, undisturbed to get out of this cave at the right time.Many hermits lived in caves, a large part of the churches and living conditions in Cappadocia were in caves. Getting out of a cave, like a Jonah from a large fish, the belly of the chosen fish, is like a liberation; this coming out of a closed area, certainly protective, but also closed in on itself and thus without any freedom and without any free space.Stepping out of the closed space and then moving freely places high demands on you as a person; You are no longer protected, you have to take care of it yourself and you have to use your senses to adjust to everything that happens in the then larger world. You then just see things and have to evaluate; you smell things, you hear things, you feel things, you taste things.Immediately before the border I have the feeling that I am stepping out of the Greece cave. I felt good in this cave, the people in their amiability, this includes choriatiki - commonly called Greek salad in our country - the other good dishes, the drink ouzo and retzina. The landscape, the scents, the birds, I can't stop listing, everything made me feel very warm, absorbed and satisfied.Now I am just before the border, it is still raining, it has rained all the time, it has rained sometimes more, sometimes less, everything is wet, the moisture pulls in through the shoes, but that doesn't matter, it's a good one Graduation before moving to the next country.If you say goodbye in Greece and go on a trip, then yours says to you 'καλό ταξίδι ‘,' Have a good trip '. I just heard that clearly, I think. Thanks. ευχαριστώ.