…The way that you wander is the way that you choose,
The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.
Sunshine or thunder, a man will always wonder,
Where the fair wind blows…
The Ballad of Jeremiah Johnson
Searching for land is one of the most difficult tasks I’ve ever undertaken and I can assure you, I have undertaken some serious multi-specification with conflicting requirements tasks in my life. Mind you, that I used to be an engineer in the software industry for decades and anyone familiar with the field, knows what a mind crunching task it is to fit all possible requirements in a solution with the optimum results.
Nevertheless, in the industry, we had ourselves all kinds of sophisticated tools and methods to solve these problems and most of the times, many of the parameters of the problem were known and measurable and the occasional licked finger against the wind was raised only for a calculated guestimation, as we used to say. The previous metaphorical image of the licked finger against the wind, can be summed up in a single word and it holds for every field you find yourself busy with: experience. Most of the times, this makes the whole difference between succeeding and failing and of course it should not be taken lightly.
My adventure with land searching started more than 10 years ago, but now I can clearly see that I was serious about it the last 5 to 6 years let’s say. Anyone who has engaged him/herself in such an endeavor, he/she can easily tell you that when it comes to land, it is “Location, location, location”. If you have all the other dozens of requirements for a good piece of land but you lack a good location, you might as well, sell the land altogether and search for a new one.
So for the time being, we backed down several steps from our eagerness to meet all the criteria we have set ourselves for our dream place to live and we concentrate all our efforts to location. Of course we are aware that whenever we find a good location, all these criteria and requirements will come back rushing with a vengeance towards us in order to meet, but first‑things‑first.
On the beginning of May, this year, we focused our energy and limited time to one area at eastern Greece, namely the mountainous area of Pelion, around Volos in Magnesia prefecture. You can take a peek of the area below:
It is surely a beautiful area of Greece. We met beautiful people as well, who like us, search their own way of conducting things. People who are willing to take a step back and return to more basic and essential structures. Structures that could ultimately lead us to a fulfilling and joyful life. Our time in this area was truly relaxing and full of unexpected experiences. Some pictures of this journey follow, so that you could get a glimpse of how we spent our time, there.
Of course, the goal of our trip was not to take some vacation. It had elements of a vacation trip, for sure, but we were also interested in the area for a permanent relocation. So this element did change the feeling a bit, not necessarily in a heavy way. I would say in a deeper, more meaningful way. We constantly searched for places with a fair distance from the big urban centers, a good distance from the heavily touristic zones but a convenient distance from –the never ending restriction– schools for our daughter. We can not say that we spotted a location which satisfied entirely these requirements during this trip. Moreover, we got a feeling for the prices of the land of the area, which are not, let’s say, in the lower budget scale that we aim for. But as they say, hope dies last and we would like to return to this area and explore it more. We would like to be 100% sure that we did as a thorough survey as possible, considering our means and time, before moving on to another area.
You could check out the follow up of this story in the next episode of our adventure searching for a suitable land, dully named “Searching for land – episode 2”.