Sitting under the pine trees, feeling the breeze and looking out to sea, it could be four years ago, the last time I came here. Not much has changed, which is good. The beauty of the place is so astonishing that every time I round a corner I almost gasp out loud. The sea is turquoise, the water clear and the sky usually a bright blue. Even when it’s a little overcast, the clouds decorate the sky with shapes and colour tones that merely add to the picture of breathtaking, natural drama.
Where I can see any changes they are, seemingly without exception, improvements. Kim and I are here on a week’s yoga holiday with Yoga on a Shoestring and when I was here before, in 2013, it was for the same reason. Then, Vigla Village, where we’re staying – a family-run, simple but well-appointed complex of apartments, pool and communal kitchen area – was just venturing into offering yoga holidays. We practised yoga in the eating space by the kitchen and walked up a steep, windy road for 30 minutes to get to the nearest village to buy any snacks and essentials. Now, there is a purpose-built yoga platform overlooking the sea; and the village shop in Spartia will deliver your order if you want to phone it through rather than climb the hill on a hot day. Even the food over the road at Isalos restaurant is better.
We’re almost half way through this week of yoga now. Every morning after meditation, a good, long yoga session and a tasty brunch, I wonder what to do first: read, write, swim or snooze. I know the day will pass by slowly and quietly. This also feels very good. I remember savouring that rhythm last time I was here too.
As a person I don’t feel too much different to then, but I hope that whatever changes there must be, are – for the most part – improvements. And I hope that this trip offers multiple and varied ways to keep making those types of changes.