The Allure of Greek Village Life
With Marie returning from family business in France, the 'Two Steps Towards Others' team have been reunited. Guest number 23, Mateo, has returned home to the USA and Marie and Nil found themselves completely alone as they trekked into the mountains of Vardoussia in Greece.
After a few days, they came to the village of Kolokithia by complete chance. The duo had spontaneously altered their route and decided that the village looked like a good place to stop for a coffee. Instead, they ended up staying for three days thanks to the warmth and hospitality of the villagers. In winter, the village's population falls to only two, before surging to 100 each summer when Athenians return to their childhood home.
Marie and Nil spent two happy nights in the village before setting off on the trail. However, they didn't make it far. On the outskirts of the village, they were waylaid by an invitation to join another family for breakfast. The family, Sara, Christos and Maria, proved great company and once again Marie and Nil ended up altering their plans to stay another night.
The next day they made it slightly further before being ambushed by friendly locals. In the village of Marmara, just 3km on from Kolokithia, they stopped for another coffee. Here they met Kostas, a billiards champion. Once again, they were tempted to stay, but after a couple of days rest it seemed important to keep going. They bid farewell to Kostas and continued on through the Greek countryside.