Here it is, finally, the last of the five senses (replete with added benefits):
1. Crunch of small fish bones between teeth - A good source of calcium, too. Just make sure you swallow only the small ones...nearest emergency medical service is, um, Athens.
2. Large pebbles underneath feet and smaller ones in between toes - Improves circulation, and you can leave your pumice stone at home.
3. Relentless scorching sun - Yes, a definite melanoma hazard, but, hey, your clothes dry really fast!
4. Undulating enveloping womb-like sea—soft, warm, buoyant, caressing - Bad birth experience? You have a second chance.
5. Wind whipping across bodies, motorbike engine humming beneath, bugs smashing faces - If you're shooting for an economical trip, open your mouth (good protein, too).
6. Precarious balance on uneven pavement - Everyday walks down local streets double as sobriety tests (and keeps police pay reasonable, which is extremely important, given the current Greek economy).
7. Sticky white sea-salt on sun-dried skin - Get use to it.
8. Rough white-washed walls - You'll be pleasantly surprised on your return home, when your hands no longer get bruised or turn white when you accidently brush the wall.
9. Cold marbled floors against bare feet - One Greek solution to electricity-free and environmentally-friendly air conditoning.
10. Hard unyielding mattress and pillows—with bumps in the strangest places - Packing tip: remember tempurpedic travel pillow. Do they have travel mattresses-in-a-bag yet?
What comes to mind when you think of Greece and touch?
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