I’m Back

Posted: December 10th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Life & Travels, Photos, Route | 4 Comments »

Hello my friends, after a half a month on the Holy Mountain Athos I’m back in the “world” as the monks used to say. It was until now the most special time of my pilgrimage, because it is a place so full of wonder that I don’t even know where to start. And for now I won’t tell you much because it will need hours to write an account worthy of what I’ve seen and heard there. I just spend some time updating the pictures on Flickr, you’ll find them here:


I’ll give you a short update, but I’ll promise to write more sooner than later.

After I waited for one week in Thessaloniki my dad arrived to visit me. He stayed for a week. We traveled together to the little town Ouranopoli, which is the port town to go to Mount Athos. This place is a peninsula that is now for over a thousand years set apart for orthodox monks. There are many monasteries, skites, and hermitages. My dad came with me the first day to the mountain but had had to go back the next day. I stayed for half a month visiting many monasteries and staying at some places longer. I spend many hours in prayer and reading literature of the orthodox church, hiking around or talking to monks (when I found an English or German speaking one). On the ferry back to Ouranopoli a guy heard that I’m going to Constantinople and offered me a ride to Alexadroupoli which is brought me over 300 kilometers closer to Istanbul and to the border of Greece. From there I’m writing now and its likely that the next post is from the city that rests on two continents.

4 Comments on “I’m Back”

  1. 1 chrishtine said at 7:20 pm on December 13th, 2007:

    spannädn, han grad mit dä monica drüber gred, öb du ächt vershollä bisch.
    zum glück nöd.

  2. 2 Dad said at 4:59 pm on December 16th, 2007:

    Ja diese Woche mit Luke war eine der schönsten und intensivsten Zeiten die ich in den letzten Jahren erlebt habe. Beim Durchwandern einer Gegend hat man die selbe Geschwindigkeit wie die Leute die dort wohnen. Interessante Begegnungen, kleinere und grössere Abenteuer sind an der Tagesordnung.
    Und der (heilige) Berg Athos übte eine fast schon metaphysische Anziehungskraft auf uns zwei Pilgrime aus.
    Ich mache mir echt Gedanken ob ich vielleicht nochmals ein, zwei Wochen Luke begleiten kann. So wie Luke zu reisen verändert einem nachhaltig und gibt einem Schätze in Herz und Erinnerung die nie ihren Wert verlieren.

  3. 3 Marios said at 9:52 pm on December 16th, 2007:

    Hi Luke. I am Marios (we met at St Andrews Skete and you told me about your blog on the trip back to Ouranoupolis). I hope that you will manage to be at Jerousalem in time. Keep on travelling and have good time. Don’t forget to give regards to Baltazaar 😉

  4. 4 Natalia said at 10:14 pm on December 16th, 2015:

    keeping a travel blog is HARD! the last thing you want to do at night is stare at a coemutpr screen and pour your soul out, when that is what you have been doing all day. Im hoping the reward is at the end of the journey, when all I have to do is turn on any coemutpr to relive my travels! ..here’s to posterity! cheers my friend- enjoy your own path, I know I am!

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