Greece is important to me with one more thing: interesting meetings with interesting people. And this is an important component of the “aftertaste” of travel! That is what it calls for new trips or … discourages to them smiley. Probably thanks to these meetings, the Greek “bouquet” of my impressions became unforgettable.
And the first of whom I remember – 2 Ghali. Even the fact that these completely different women were called the same was a sign for me. Galya was called my mother. And Galya is the mother of my girlfriend, who for many years has been a very close person to me …
The first Galya “gave me Crete”: we curiously met on a tour. Hurrying into the bus, on the first comfortable floor I saw one empty seat. Having got used to a foreign language environment, the brain did not have time to switch to Russian, and I blurted out: “Free?” A large elderly woman, next to which there was a place, pursed her lips disapprovingly and did not deny me an answer. This was Galya. Here it is, hit the frame, in the green scarf on the right:
Then, in the restaurant, I invited her to my table. She refused the offered treat, but we started talking. Galya was from Moscow, she was over 70 years old, so she was sent to Greece under the supervision of her grandson. As if, because each of them lived there his own life smiley. The excursion was not an easy one, not at all for old age and the patient, as it turned out, legs. But Galya said: “Never mind, I’ll get there. Only in its own rhythm, ”and set off. Last, but she really overcame everything!
Galya traveled a lot, but the scale of values of the countries was original. India liked her madly: there were some bananas there, and she lost 11 kg of smiley!
I heard from her the most unusual compliment in my life. Having paid for the love of sweet teeth, I invested a whole fortune in their repairs. And when Galya praised … my smile, I was glad that they could not be distinguished from the real ones. But she quickly brought me to her senses: “I, of course, see that your teeth are artificial, but how well made!”. I thought and aggravated: “They don’t know how in Moscow” smiley.
I met the second Galya in Athens. She was older (some 85!) And smaller – 1.5 m “with a cap and a jump.” It looks like a teenage girl in a krimplene dress of about the same age and little boy’s shoes that fell off her tiny feet. The appearance and age were so exotic that I asked for a photo as a keepsake. Galya happily agreed.
We got acquainted closer because her young (65-year-old) husband was very disrespectful to her. My friend and I began to take care of her, as far as possible, stopping his rudeness and rudeness. Galya often cried for resentment, but at the same time remained a sweet and good-natured woman with a sense of humor and a completely clear memory. We listened to the story of her life as an adventure novel: Lomonosov in a skirt, she came to study at the institute in one dress, without documents and money. She studied and worked as a laboratory chief at some northern production for the rest of her life. Without going anywhere and almost no rest. But in retirement began to travel. Together with the unfortunate husband, who “came from somewhere himself” at the age of 60 … In my opinion, she could only visit Korea, the historic homeland. All the rest of the years in 25 regular travels she had already seen.
I remember these women with a kind smile and consider them to be real travelers. After all, they did not sit at home in their old age, and did not even open the world. Physiologist Pavlov said: “Movement is life.” Both Ghali really prolonged their lives. And they did it so confidently and selflessly, that Time went to meet them!