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Fortællinger fra Kreta | 34

Tales from Crete | 34

Last week when I was in Crete, I got into a conversation with one of my really good and old acquaintances. Of course, I don't want to hand him over by name or otherwise, but I still think it was such a conversation that I wanted to share with you, because it is as typically Greek as anything can be.

We talked about how the weather was now impossible to predict both in Crete, in Denmark and yes, the rest of the world, and there was probably a reason for that. I told him that I was probably of the opinion that our generation, perhaps even in particular, has been very reckless and, quite frankly, pigs in relation to looking after the land we all have to live on and off. I think we bear most of the responsibility ourselves for the climate changes that occur due to our unrestrained pollution.

He did not completely disagree with that, but in his view the biggest problem was that there were holes in the ozone layer, and such holes must be patched, he said. It is completely like a roof that is not tight - then it rains in, he thought, and of course it is not completely wrong. I tried to mention just as carefully that I thought there was little difference between a hole in the roof and a hole in the ozone layer, but I quickly came to regret that. "Well then a house in a tire, heck, you can see the connection. If there is a hole in the tyre, the air leaks out," he said very instructively, and then the other heavy Greek arguments came on the table. 

"I have just seen a program on television about how to close the hole or holes in the ozone layer, and it is completely like patching a tubeless tire. You just shoot a special ball into the hole which then explodes and then something seeps out and closes the hole. It is not very difficult and according to the television, many attempts have already been made with it. You need a rocket that can shoot up into the stratosphere and boom," he said with a huge arm movement to show how the rocket would explode. "You just have to use more than one rocket, because it's probably a big hole, just like a big hole in a tire if you've driven a huge nail into the tire. It's exactly the same, so more rockets. You can probably understand that, can't you'" he said, hoping that I understood at least a little bit. "Now listen here," he insisted eagerly. "Many rockets up at the same time that jump at the same time. BOOM a bang with what I don't quite know what it is, and then the hole is closed. How hard can it be?.....I still thought it wasn't as simple as he made it out to be. "You don't understand this at all," he said. I saw it myself on television and it was even rebroadcast” (as if that would give it extra meaning). "Do you really think it will work, what kind of thing is it that will have to be shot up through the ozone layer and close whatever holes there may be" I tried very carefully. “I don't know anything about that. But the biggest problem is that there are a lot of countries that have to build rockets and launch them at the same time, so that they also explode at the same time, and it can probably be difficult to agree on when that should be. After all, there are some countries that have summer time and others that don't, and then things go completely wrong. But I didn't understand the broadcast either the first time or when it was rebroadcast, because it wasn't translated into Greek. But we probably can't agree on when the rockets are going to be sent up and make that huge BOOM up in the stratosphere anyway, so now we'd better have an Elliniko (Greek coffee), he concluded, turning and leaving while again a big BOOM came out of his mouth and an equally big arm movement and a more resigned and resigned "ti na kánoume" (you probably can't do anything about that).

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