Nicoletta is an Italian girl who moved to Santorini following her dreams and her roots, living the life she has always imagined. She left behind her life in London with an ultimate aim to discover our country through her project One Quarter Greek. She wants to show real life and authentic stories from Greece, a country she deeply loves and where she feels at home.
Through her words and her photos she explains why she settled in Santorini
They told me that it was going to be boring.
They told me that it was going to be bad weather.
They told me that it was going to be like being in a desert.
I imagine myself in my house, sitting on the sofa and looking outside my window. I can't go outside because it's windy and raining. I don't want to go outside: I have my tea, I don't have internet yet, but what I can see in front of me it's worth any cinema I could possibly hope for my life.
What can I see from where I am?
I can see the castle, I can see the sea, I can see Profitis Ilias, the highest hill on the island.
I can see the blue dome of the church. I can see my beloved quiet village.
And what I can hear?
I can hear the rooster at the sunrise, that's my alarm clock. I can hear the windy, even if the windows and doors are shut. I can hear my only neighbor talking to his cats. Sometimes I can hear some dogs barking in the background.
And I can hear the sound of my thoughts.
There is a beautiful verb in Greek, ρεμβάζω, which could be translated as day-dreaming.
This is my answer when someone asks me 'What are you doing in Santorini in winter time?'.
I dream with my eyes open. This is all I want to do between some good food, good wine, hot tea and chats with family and friends.
I want to ρεμβάζω, all day.
And I want to be very honest, this is also what I am doing over spring, summer and autumn. When I use to live elsewhere I was always using my imagination trying to visualize what it looks like living on an island, what it looks like living there when the summer show writes The End, when apparently your real life starts.
It's a beautiful life.
I know I sort of can't go anywhere, that the blue is my limit.
And, finally, as I can dream during the day, I can sleep over night.