Sometimes, the best answer is a more interesting question – Terry Pratchett

Pre-birthday birthday cake, prepared by niece and nephew… (Chocopie, with ehm… unique taste in decoration, each kid had one half…)

Θεία, έλα λίγοοοο!!! 😀

And on the exact time… 😀

Ehm… isn’t that a bit radical for birthday candles?

Fire coming our way, fast…

Good thing the firefighters got there and got it under control. Kudos, people!! 😀

Second fire fighting plane dropping its load.

And gladly, all done with…

Ehm… I said SCORPIO not scorpion… jee… get your spelling correct fairy godmother!

Delivery with choir level “Happy Birthday” from the lands of the North, to the lands of the exotic South!! That was a brilliant (and hey, very, very tasty) surprise!! ;-D

The German birthday loot, part 1!

The German birthday loot, part 2!

The Mexican birthday loot!!

(Yeap, it’s a serial birthday… problem? :-P)

20 Αυγούστου 2013 στις 10:57 μμ | Σχόλια & Παραθέσεις (69) | Μόνιμος Σύνδεσμος

And as the world around us spins into one of intolerance, injustice, unemployment, conservatism and bigotry, in our microworld, we are blooming!!!

Christianna, already 7 and a half, got her growing up gift: 3 weeks on her own, with her aunt!! Aw, the girls, living the big life! 😛

Which, included SCHOOL….


…(yeah, ok, but still we had joy, we had fun…)

And a unique way to play Ubongo!! (Ubongo artwork by Hector and Christianna).

Oh, and grasshopper hunting was very successful…

 Watching from high grounds! 😀


Habemus χελωνάκι!!! 😀

Kid…. Summer…. And we both cartooned ourselves silly… 😀

Birthday party!! 

Pop corn accident? What pop corn accident? (Innocently batting eyelashes…)

Ehm… are those enough, you think?

Day trip to Olympiaaaaaa!!! Let’s goooo!!! (Ok, admittedly, this also included a school but hey… Ancient Olympia!! :-D)

You are HERE!! 😀

Hm… let’s see… when is that museum open…

Oh… ancient Greek looks a lot like modern Greek, no?

One, two, three, go!

Yeap… we’re booked…



P2P!! 😀

And obviously, we spent quite a bit of our time, knackered!!!

Cause we make crepes…

Help aunt clean….

And obviously, we are ever ready for waterbombs…. hehehehehehhehe….

Well, not only was aunt studying….

She spread the bug…

AND provided the munition for the waterbomb duel!! Hehehehhee (Yeah, I know, evil aunt….)!

RUN, Christianna, RUUUUUN!!! (Oh, and they picked every bit of broken balloon from the street when they were done… Evil aunt is very particular about littering…)

Black Sheep, Settlers of Catan and of course, Carcassonne… Oh, and 6Nimmt… and Uno.


And Dimitris’ answer to one of the questions in my Model Thinking mid-term exam:

“Each member of a five person team has one unique idea for how to approach a problem. If ideas can be applied individually and in pairs to create approaches to the problem, how many total approaches does the team have? (Hint: think of this as recombination). Please input your answer as a whole number with no punctuation.”

Yeap, we need a proper telescope…

Hehehehe, my minions to the hunt… 😀

I just LOVE spiders!! 😀

Kids hanging beach towels…

Hm…. are these pegs enough?

Maybe some more?

And Dimitris, already 9 and a half, learning to program from my courses! (Aren’t I the proud aunt!!!) 🙂

Well, everybody has their unique way of taking notes….

Hm… ok… the colours are a bit garish, but hey…. Java kid!

(Hm… copy/paste and functions in the next class… :-D)

Aw… we do need a normal telescope…

And off we go!! 😀

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” But for now let me get back to this paper…”

Social Network Analysis: Achievement Unlocked!


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Being with you here,

in this room

is like groping through a mirror
whose glass has melted
to the consistency
of gelatin

You refuse to be
(and I)
an exact reflection, yet
will not walk from the glass,
be separate.

Anyway, it is right
that they have put
so many mirrors here
(chipped, hung crooked)
in this room with its high transom
and empty wardrobe; even
the back of the door
has one.


I want the circle
The circle game, Margaret Atwood
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This is not the laptop you’re looking for….

Instead, it is hot, spicy, salty and sweet, much like life…

Crumbly bits and all! 😀
“Sophia’s loot” has landed after a loooong journey from Mexico (seriously, almost a month? A MONTH???) to follow up the previous loot from Argentina… Who says that Christmas is over? 😛

My preciousssssssssssssssssssssssss…. Ernesto, abrazos!!!!

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Margaret Atwood

The Moment

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.
Margaret Atwood

Arkham? Hm….. 😀

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When going to buy A Clash of Kings in Greek, as a nameday present, turns you into a spectacle at Ianos, because, right next to it, the Greek translation of  The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, quietly awaits the clueless observer… Ok, I admit jumping up and down holding the book and making weird happy noises might have been a bit too much, but hey, I DID keep myself from holding the book over my head and shouting “My precioussssssssssss”… And this is how the past year ended! 🙂

This is CS50, and, finally, the beginning of the project in Scratch, for which many ideas festered, but only one got to actually getting a life!! (Seriously, I should visit the translated fantasy section  in bookstores, more often!) 😀

And this is what the New Year gave life to… A bundle of Scratching and Kvotheing… 😀

Futile attempts from ahem… serious(?) and responsible(?) adults to stop me taking a picture of the cover for Pat’s blog.

Ahm… guys… is THIS the best you can do?? :-PPPPPPPPPPPPP

Cause you know….

I’m not easily deterred!! And I’m addicted to Kvotheing… 😀

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Street festival for Colombia’s Independence Day, in Buenos Aires.

Aaaaaaand, colombian food… arepas (didn’t last long enough to take a pic, lol) and patacon.

Lunch, with a view! 😀

Museum of the Bicentennial, located in the historic corridors of the former Taylor Customs Agency, which was functional back in 1855, and over the remains of the Buenos Aires Fort, built in 1580.

Argentinian emblem.

Watching the videos on the desaparecidos, brought tears to everyone eyes… And justly so. Nunca más.

San Telmo open market. Hm… caramelled goodies…

Yum?? :-PPPP

Oh… and Teamviewer, I LOVE YOU!!!!

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Rainbow Warrior in Puerto Madero, and then, a quick pass by the Obelisk and beeeeeer!!! 😀

Tango. By everyday people…. Spectacular and captivating.

Food for the mind, food for the body. Tarta rogel in librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires… Bliss….

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires.

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires. (Yeap… I could, most certainly, work here… (or live… I’l even bring my own mask…) :-PPPP

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires.

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires.


22 Ιουλίου 2012 στις 6:30 πμ | Σχόλια & Παραθέσεις (69) | Μόνιμος Σύνδεσμος

“What time’s sunset around here?”

“We normally manage to fit it in  between night and day”.

Terry Pratchett

Aaaaand way up to the north, in the Netherlands…


Ok, sunbathing in Amsterdam? What’s wrong with the world?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friends…


Hortus Botanicus.

Ok, I only wanted to see the carnivorous plants…

First you have this,…

… and then you open the door to the tropics…

“We should have snake ribs instead of pork ribs…”

The Maritime museum.


Ok, I want one too…

Maritime museum.

Yeap…. that too…

Aha… the interior of the ship for short people, the crow’s nest, for those who don’t suffer from vertigo..



Maritime museum from the canal part.


“So, how many flights of stairs I have to carry the suitcases?”

Ok… a couple floors for parking bikes…

And even more bikes…

Oh, that can’t be comfortable…

Sandwiches at the canal…



Ok, that will work…


Partial view from the apartment in Prague… The Disney castle? :-PPP

The lift to the clock Tower in Prague…

“I thought you left the curtain open in our flat”.

“I did!!!”

Rooftops in Prague.

Ok, NOT the Disney castle….



Prague… (every hour… :-P)


The Jewish cemetery in Prague.


More Prague…

Small canal…

Dimitriiiiiiiiiiiiii!!! 😛

The serene look of the meters…

Bull’s eye, lol!

St. Vitus cathedral..

The Prague castle at night.

Charles Bridge.

Night in Prague.

Charles square, Prague.

Ahh…. morning coffee and a bit of a read (feet photobombing the tourist’s photos from the Tower, lol)

Yummie…. Ok, I want some more…

Awwwwww……. very tasty (and very small)…


Waiting for the clock to strike the hour (pffff… tourists…) :-PPP

Lunch in Prague, hahahahhahahaha

And reading….

Black theatre, yay!!!

Having a beer at the terrace of the nearby hotel!

And writing postcards… :-PPPP

Light dinner snack… 😀

6 Ιουλίου 2012 στις 10:04 πμ | Σχόλια & Παραθέσεις (69) | Μόνιμος Σύνδεσμος