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I rent a small country house on the island of Aegina, and plan to be spending time in Athens for periods of each month, beginning around mid-November (possibly from the 15th to the 23rd and afterwards, to be seen). I need a very trustworthy person or couple to take care of cats, house and garden when I'm away, preferably over 30 years of age, and used to country life. Since my absences will be periodic, an ideal volunteer would be someone who lives in Athens who has both the desire and flexibility to stay on Aegina for periods of several days to a week once or twice a month. I am also open to a house exchange, including animal/garden care on my part. Also ideal would be those living and travelling in Greece in their own vehicles, who might enjoy spending some months on Aegina, and having a little house to stay in for periods of each month.
I am offering the use of my very quiet, private and peaceful home with nature all around in exchange for the services listed above (see Help Needed for more details), but NOT food or money for transportation, etc.
A valid driver's license would be a plus, as the bus for town (harbor) gets you there around 11:20am and returns 2:30 (or 3:15 on weekends). Trip takes about 25 minutes.There is an earlier bus that leaves from near me at 7am, but only for very early risers. Distance is about 15km(9miles). So there is no public transporation after mid-afernoon between my area and the main town. Motorbikes and cars can be rented there, but at the volunteer's expense. Knowledge of Greek language a plus, but not essential.
The house has one bedroom, a bright main room and small kitchen, with some nice older features--wooden doors, window frames and shutters, and two nice balconies with tables and lovely views of olive trees, pine forest and the Doric temple of Aphaia in the distance, as well as good places to swim just a ten-minute walk from the house, if weather permits.
NON-SMOKER MUCH PREFERRED (though I would accept smokers who would commit to smoking only outdoors and not allowing any smoke to enter the house.
Helpers who have projects that involve using a laptop will likely enjoy being here, as would those wanting/needing to do some reading, writing , online Skype lessons, etc.,The house has Wi-Fi.
Help in the house
I am fluent in GREEK, both spoken and written, and a native ENGLISH- speaker who has also published articles in English. I have played VIOLIN since I was 9 years old, and began learning and performing Greek traditional music 30 years ago. More recently I have entered the fascinating world of Ottoman classical music as well..
Volunteers would be welcome to listen to music from my large collection of traditional music from Greece And Turkey and to peruse my collection of books about and guides to Greece (written in English). So if volunteers should spend some time here with me before I leave for Athens, I can share those if time allows.
Only one of the six cats that I feed spends time inside the house (and most often sleeps with me, though not required on house-sitters). The cats are fed twice daily and need water, naturally. My favorite cat (the one who sleeps with me) is used to abundant affection (though all cats enjoy it, of course). There is hardly anything in my winter garden as of yet except for a small patch of seeds to be watered. I would ask volunteers to bring a few seedlings from the nursery in town (for which I would of course pay) and transplant and water them. I would expect the house to be kept locked when noone here, kept clean, and for people to be reasonably quiet, to maintain the status quo here. That's it!
Smallish double bed in bedroom, single bed in main room with good mattress.
The island is beautiful and offers a lot to see and do, especially for those with a vehicle. For those without, there's nice walking from house to sea or in the woods.the sea is a 10 minute walk from house withe good swimming spots. The main town (also the harbor) is very pleasant, with neoclassical architecture, one long pedestrian street, a pedestrian walkway on the waterfront, a fish market and good grocery stores, various tavernas and cafes, traditional kafeneia (old-style Greek cafes) and a relaxed atmosphere. Small enough to walk around and see everything in an hour (at most). The coastlines offer beaches and coves of various types and sizes, and there is plenty of unspoiled nature up in the hills, with nice sea views. The small, very undeveloped, wooded island of Angistri is a short ferry ride away, with schedules that allow for day trips.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
3-4 hours daily at most, 7 days per week (at least for cat care)