If this was a book or a movie, the pitch would go something like this: "A Year in Provence meets Hole meets my Big Fat Greek Wedding: a couple living a fast paced life in the corporate world falls in love with a greek village, and starts digging."
Some people dream bigger than others. I'm always inspired by those who make things happen in life. This blog I see as a step by step to a dream come true via guts, imagination and backbreaking work. For this Australian family, the dream was not a white picket fence, the dream was to live in a cave in one of the most beautiful village in the world.
The blog follows the family's relocation to Greece, their quest for the perfect cave house in Oia Santorini and the ensuing remodel ...mostly by donkey's back.(and I though our remodel was difficult.)
Here is what Michael wrote to me:
"The building season starts end of November (when tourist season ends) and finishes in March. This means that in a short period of time you have to try and get things done, weather permitting. The cliff of Oia is not your "normal" building site either. In any other place in the world it would be a sheer cliff - here its prime real-estate. The narrow pathways and steps make it impossible to bring or cart away building materials with anything other than a mule.
When you start digging a cave the dirt - known here as "aspa", which as really volcanic ash compressed - expands on a 3:1 ratio...which means if you dig 3 cubic meters you end up with 9 cubic meters of dirt...and all that has to be put in bags and carted away by mule.