Ordinary Days and Talks



People in Lipsi love the winter, even if it is the summer that provides them with most of the income with which to meet the year’s expenses. The tourist season essentially ends by late August, and the population becomes more “compact” again: the tourists and the expatriate relatives leave, the schoolteachers return, and life goes back to its familiar everyday pattern, less stressful and focused on the joys of family and friends, on hunting and fishing, and on animal and land farming: the local authority’s call for a sustainable, environmentally sound, development of the local economy and life and the advent of the financial crisis have led to a switch back to primary production, which now goes into the hands of the younger generation and attempts to introduce modern methods. A large part of winter’s tasks is focused on the summer: construction and maintenance of buildings and boats, fishing octopi and deep-freezing them for next summer, looking after the cattle, crops, and greenhouses. Before the advent of tourism, the year’s provisions were made in summer and fall, whereas now they are made in winter to meet demand in the summer months (high shipping rates have a considerable effect on the cost of living in Lipsi).


Dominant Ideology Customary Practice Tourist Season Incense Burning Bodily Practice 
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© Marilena Papachristophorou 2013

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