My Greek Holiday

Scenic views from Zakynthos, Greece

I swore he’d be lunch. What else can be said about the brightly colored miscreant who insisted on being the first awake each morning, well before dawn? There really wasn’t a reason he had to do it, or why he had to position himself directly outside my bedroom window, but he did, and I quickly grew to loathe him. The others teased me and after a bit of friendly mockery, I was handed an axe for my nemesis.

I considered using the axe until it was clear that I would be expected to “clean” and prepare him for lunch. From that point on I kept quiet about the reprobate and just give him dirty looks from across the garden. Childish and passive-aggressive behavior, yes, but it was better than picking up the axe.

This house, in northern Greece, was iconic – the entire village was. Small, white stucco domiciles flanked the narrow, winding street and gardens were packed with carnations and dahlias. My house had the added benefit of a poured concrete slab under the natural shade of grape vines. This is where I spent most of my Greek holiday.

Cute chick in the garden

Then came the evening of the baby chick debacle. They were bright yellow poofs of down. While I’d been lolling the days away in the shade of grape leaves, they’d been growing and one of these marabou poofs got stuck, midway through the chain-link fencing separating the chicken yard from the garden. He peeped frantically as he tried to free himself. Patio chairs were overturned in our rush to save him, but the hens were squawking and in a flutter while my nemesis ran the fence, taking flesh from anyone trying to help. It was mayhem.

A few bloody fingers and what seemed like a lifetime later, the marabou poof was with the hens and everyone settled down for the night.
Sunlight streaked across the floor and the room became intolerably hot. I glanced at the clock. 07:00 – how could this be? Panic seized me. A mad dash from the house, barefoot and barely dressed, through the garden into the chicken yard and back; he was nowhere to be found. Frantic and devastated, I woke the house. The demon from hell, the one I’d plotted against daily, was missing. A calm discussion of coyote, or fox ensued and everyone seemed to easily accept the loss. They brought coffee to the garden and the day was progressing as it always did. How could they be so cavalier?

And then it happened – as tears danced on my eyelashes, he swooped into the garden from an olive tree and screamed. He wasn’t missing, and all my anxious, frightful imaginings of coyote-candy dissolved. I walked past him, picked up the axe and returned it to the shed.

My rooster wasn’t missing, he was there, he was fine and he was perfect.

Roster in Dallas, Texas from Maria of Accelerated Stall

Maria Falvey
Accelerated Stall
Twitter = @acceleratedstal

Accelerated Stall is not your usual travel blog, by any means.  Taking on a unique and quirky view, I encapsulate events and observances from my experiences (abroad and in the ‘backyard’) into literary snapshots. Don’t blink, you might miss it!

When I’m not traveling and writing for myself, I freelance my talents in copywriting, proofreading and editing.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily McIntyre October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Good lord, great post! I grew up with chickens and *totally* identify with both the balls of fluff and the rooster. I’m a new follower Maria–thanks Samuel for sharing her with us!



Samuel Jeffery November 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

That’s great Emily! You’ll be entertained by her quirky stories :)


Photobook Girl October 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Great post, Greece is just so beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about your experiences!


Samuel Jeffery November 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thank you! All of the credit goes to Maria on this post :)


Craig Zabransky October 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

I can SO relate… I could have used an axe in Ubud, Bali….
stay adventurous, Craig


Samuel Jeffery November 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I can relate Craig! I’ve stayed in Ubud before. I’m not a big fan of natural alarm clocks 😉


William Myers October 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Very entertaining, thank you for this post. Greece is really a dream come true. Cheers!


Samuel Jeffery November 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm

You’re welcome William! I really appreciate Maria shared this humorous story :)


David Bennett October 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

What a well-told and entertaining story with a touch of heart.


Samuel Jeffery November 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks David! I agree with you :) Maria is one of my favorite storytellers.


Jennifer October 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Great post! I really don’t remember, but we apparently had baby chicks when I was a child. As for the rooster, they’re all over by my house in Italy and they are loud!


Samuel Jeffery November 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Jennifer, I can imagine they are loud! Many of my rural hiking experiences in SE Asia involved rooster wake-up calls 😉


Arti October 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Greece sounds so tempting!! Quite a story you shared here :) Amazing adventure!!


Maria November 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Arti, thanks for reading My Greek Holiday and if you haven’t been, the worst temptation related to northern Greece where this story took place is… you won’t want to leave.


Mary @ Green Global travel October 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I thought that rooster was bound for a very different fate and have to admit to smiling as you returned it to the shed :)


Samuel Jeffery November 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I smiled as well Mary 😉


John October 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

Wow, Greek was a historical myth-legend country.



Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks John, it sure is :)


Heather October 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Haha, I was on the edge of my seat! Great storytelling!


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks Heather,

Maria is a wonderful storyteller :)


nicole | the wondernuts October 20, 2013 at 4:40 am

awww, cute little chickie gets stuck and everyone wanted to save him. I would have done the same thing too. They’re just too cute.


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:00 am


I agree with you. They’re are such cuties.


Alexas October 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

This is just an awesome holiday post. I just enjoyed learning your Greek holiday experience pretty much. Thing is I’ve never been in Greek before but have intention to visit there. Specially to learn lot of information about Olympian gods. Greek ancient histories are always very curious for me and through reading this post I’m excited to travel there.


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

Good luck with your trip to Greece Alexas!


Montecristo Travels (Sonja) October 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

We spent 2 weeks sailing in Greece in July (2013) and loved it. As for the Rooster … I had the same experience in Grand Cayman!! Fun post.


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks Sonja!

I’m hoping to visit Greece for the first time next year :)


Fran - Tasmania Tours October 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm

At least it was cute little chicks and not some monstrous creepy crawly. I have had some experiences with spiders in Australia – needless to say I do the typical jump on a chair and shout for someone to help! Apart from that, I have to say that I love Greece and your description of the white painted houses and vines brings it all back, it really seems to sparkle in the sun doesn’t it? Thanks for such an entertaining post.


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hahaha…a mysterious creepy crawly wouldn’t have escaped my wrath.


Maria November 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Sam, thanks a million for extending this invitation to guest post on your site.
My Greek Holiday was quite an experience as I lived it and writing this post… had me laughing out loud, so much so that I’m sure my neighbors are convinced I’m nuts. Glad to read so many people can relate and enjoyed my tale of awkward friendship. 😀


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

Thanks Maria!

It was a thoroughly entertaining post from start to finish; however, I’m not surprised given how gifted you are at telling stories.


cistinaangel November 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Before 1 yr ago me and my wife done a little tour in Greek. Its very nice place to enjoy holiday.


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

I’ve heard great things about visiting Greece! I hope to check it out for the first time next year :)


crabiajohan November 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

very nice blog
your blog pictures is very amazing and
thanks for sharing experience about greek holidays .


Samuel Jeffery November 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

Thank you for checking it out!


Abby December 1, 2013 at 4:12 am

Excellent! I am a huge fan of Maria’s “snapshots” in words!!


Lori December 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Great views – as always your photos are amazing. Loved the stry more though, it looks like you had a great time in Greece :)


memographer March 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Maria, this is great.
I love roosters (alive). A scream of a rooster always reminds me about summer vacations at grandma’s. Good times!


David May 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I adore Greece and this article is just typical Greece. The word unique is over-used but I do believe Greece deserves the label ‘unique’.


chris January 27, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hi guys. I totally enjoyed your article. I am a Greek and I have been to Zakynthos twice. I am glad you had transferred the spirit of the island through your post. Let me know when you come back again.


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