When Derek and I woke up to perfectly blue skies we knew it was the right day for us to explore the hidden treasures beyond the city limits of Saranda. We had three directions we could walk in and we decided to turn right and see where that took us. The paved road ended and we spotted a wide wall that took us straight to the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
After a mile or so we got to a small village where the houses were perfectly situated in the hills to look down on the water. The sun was warm and the tranquility of the place was amazing. Derek saw a narrow path lined with gardens full of lemon trees, rose bushes and bloosoms of all kinds.
One garden in particular called my name.
I was admiring the plants when a short, thick woman popped her head up from behind a big lemon tree. I smiled and greeted her. She replied and then asked where we were visiting from. The second I said the U.S. she invited us in. She directed us to a table outside that overlooked her garden and the blue sea. We sat down and the next thing we knew there were chocolates and soda before us.
We find out that her daughter has lived in the U.S. for ten years.
We looked at family pictures and discussed life in Albania and the U.S. In just one week, together with her husband, they fly to Chicago to visit their two grandsons. Her excitement and nervousness reminded me of us just a few short months ago. Language, food, culture, pace of life…there will be differences but the thrill of the adventure trumps all.
She picked us two big lemons and blessed us with happiness and luck.
As we continued on our walk Derek and I discussed the piece of heaven that is Violet’s. She represents the wise in this world. Contentment, joy and peace radiated from her being. She gladly turned the soil that the sun kissed and multiplied. With a knowing “other-world-like” she knew she had everything important in life.
When we got home I made this drink in honor of Violet.
2 large lemons
1 liter sparkling water
Sugar or honey
Juice citrus and add to sparkling water. Sweeten to taste.
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez *Have you downloaded my free ebook, The Hungry Soul’s Manifesto? It’s all about remembering what’s important in life – creating purpose and passion, instead of just passing the time amassing stuff. p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!