I have been here before. It was half my lifetime ago, but I remember sitting in these very same chairs when I was 15-years-old, waiting to buy tickets for the ferry to spend a vacation on the Greek islands with my friends. Now, hundreds of people are waiting in the departure hall at gate E1 in Piraeus port. They have been waiting for weeks, for months, not to go on a holiday, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children.
I feel at home the most in Greece. The atmosphere of every dayness inspires me to feel lighter and more sensual, to be open to magic. I see abundance every day when I look to beautiful nature. Often I encounter situations which open my heart and invite me to dream. Many people express "this magic" in many different ways, but for me it is this.
A child electrocuted by a loose cable. Exhausted men and women living in squalor, losing toes to gangrene. Children caked in mud, coughing and vomiting. Families forced to sleep outside in torrential rain. These are not scenes from a horror movie. They're just some of the desperate stories medics are witnessing at the Greece-Macedonia border right now.
Perched on the stunning 'third finger' coastline of Halkidiki in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is a boutique resort spanning a golden beach with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by manicured gardens, lavender, pine and olive groves and pretty courtyards there's a cool and tranquil vibe throughout the resort.
As a member of the rescue team, Dan spends the early hours waiting to spot incoming boats on the distant horizon. These boats are packed with terrified refugees making the crossing from Turkey, only a few miles away; a small stretch of sea which has become one of the most dangerous in the world over the past year.