Walk around Crete in 50 days - Day 48 in Heraklion
Woke up at 09.30 and made myself a coffee. Verena was
still sleeping... Yannis, my webmaster, came at 10.30. Verena was still
dreaming and we decided not to wake
her up and go to visit some friends of Yannis, for a coffee.
We returned to Verena's and she was awake! A lazy day was more than
welcome... Lucky that I did not have to walk... Violent south wind
with a lot of dust, making the sky yellow and orange... The end of the
world.. Nooooo! I have to walk two more days! The wind became more
violent, really scary.. I have never seen this before on Crete
! Almost no visibility..
After the coffee at Verena's we visited the
Official Animal Welfare shelter of the City of Heraklion.. It was Sunday,
13.30 and the place was closed.. We saw many dogs and could notice
that a lot of work had been done, and will be done, to improve the situation
of the strays.. Very promissing.. People are working constantly, assisted
by a permanent helping vet.. The time we were there, they had their
break I suppose.
We left and went looking at the shelter that Verena
is keeping.. More primitive, but all dogs (18) were clean, well treated
and well fed and had fresh water. Verena really cares for these animals
and brings them afterwards to the ArcheNoah in Chania. She gets also
some support from them.
We left at about 14.30 to look for a meal in
a traditional taverna, near the Heraklion harbor.. At 16.30 Yannis
brought me back to my "caravan",
where I tried to get some rest... No way, the violent wind was
residence" constantly... My
God, what a weather...
19.30 With Verena I drove to Heraklion
to see some people for a meeting.. I listened and explained about
my walk, talking about my experiences so far.. Did not quite understand
the meaning of this meeting, but the hospitality (thank you Jorgos
and Kostas !) was fab.. Food (all
kinds) and drinks... Just perfect !
At 23.00 Verena and me drove
back home (me to my "caravan") and I had a very peaceful
night.. Tomorrow I'll walk to Gournes and will be awaited by press
and TV in Heraklion in the morning... I'll stay at Zorbas appartments
for the night... Nearly home..