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Old friends reunite at Atsitsa Bay

Sarah Bridge is our transfer manager this year, spending her summer based in Atstitsa Bay and ensuring everyone safely arrives and departs from their Skyros Holiday. She will be writing a weekly blog about life in Atsitsa so check back each week to keep up-to-date.

We’re used to reunions here at Atsitsa Bay: so many people come back year after year that the start of every session is a delightful mix of welcoming new faces and reconnecting with familiar ones. Some participants choose to coincide their holidays here with friends they have made in previous years – friends made during courses, on the beach, in the bar or over dinner – while others take ‘pot luck’ and wait to see who is on the plane or the ferry to find out who they’re going to catch up with over the next week or two. 

Some friendships made here can turn into something deeper and more permanent: at least two couples on this current session met on previous sessions and there have been many more over this season returning to where love first sparked . (The after-breakfast vegetable chopping group alone has been responsible for several marriages – who knows how many romances have flourished over the washing up or while sharing a stage on Cabaret Night?)

However it is the unexpected reunions which are a unique source of delight and there have been at least two in the last few weeks. Two participants on the last session, while chatting in the bar late one night, realised that they worked together more than 20 years ago while doing a season in a holiday resort in Turkey – one was working in the hotel while the other was the windsurfing instructor. And this week two people have been reunited after a staggering 36 years! They knew each other at university and even lived on the same street. Now, almost four decades later, they have resumed their friendship, thanks to the call of Atsitsa Bay. Who knows what other connections are being formed, here or around the world, which will be rekindled on this corner of Skyros Island in years to come?




Thu 6th Sep 2018 16:15 Alan Jenkins said…
Having read this blog I'd love to hear news from any of the lovely people who took a course in creative writing (poetry) I taught at gorgeous Atsitsa over ten years ago. (Everyone was so laid back we mostly read poems together, but you did all contribute a few lines each to a beautiful song - I hope it gives you as much pleasure to remember as it does me.) Alan
Thu 13th Sep 2018 04:10 Tom Morley said…
Parallel processing has been linked, by some experimental psychologists, to the Stroop effect. This is a continual and seamless operation.

Having taught a music course in Atsitsa Bay every summer since 2011 I've noticed different degrees of parallel processing going on. When things are running smoothly in the work scholar team, and indeed the management, that sense of calm is transmitted to the guests.

No more so than three years ago when we had a team of young women recruited predominantly from the Territorial Army. Every year I run a Peace Day flashmob in Trafalgar Square but this team made me thing again re: the military option when times get tough.

They didn't complain, nor did they stand aloof, they were a shining example of connection, grace and laughter. How do they fit into this re-union theme?

I would love, Love, LOVE to get them back together again because I didn't have my movie camera with me the night they all sang "Hey, Yah" down at Maria's Taverna. Seriously, I still think about it with joy at having the privilege to be there, and sadness that it was never captured.

An X-Factor Golden Button moment for sure. Those women just had it in spades, and with such a heady mix of laughter, discipline and sass. They should have been signed up right there to MAKE them stay together and recognise the value of LIFE being expressed in such a way.

I had a similar experience this year when, in the music group when we sang 'Stuck In The Middle With You' three times in a row. The natural choreography, the shining eyes, the rebel spirit....

How soon can I go back?

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