Welcome to Walking the Greek Islands

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Welcome to islandwalking.com! This site contains travelling and trekking tips for the Greek islands as well as many other islands in or not too far from the Mediterranean. It is not intended to replace any tourist or walking guides that you might have, it is only a small supplement. And indeed, it is even a prerequisite for most of the descriptions of walks on these pages that you own the guide book(s) referred to in the text.

In this blog you can also expect rants about just about anything else possibly related to walking as well as music or computers or beer or other “interesting” topics.

This site is dedicated to my mother Elsa (1934-2013)

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The Year in Beer (and other beverages)

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MO:ULa Revisited

I recently installed MO:ULa on a brand new computer that had only seen Windows 10, and ran into a few new problems that I had not seen previously. It is all covered in their forum though, but these are the new things that had to be taken care of:

  1. Install DirectX 9, see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/179113.
  2. Unzip http://account.mystonline.com/download/MOULaSupportFiles.zip and put these dlls into the same folder as UruLauncher.exe.
  3. Also note that at least if you use the web installer UruLauncher has to run as Administrator the first time around, to be able to install the rest of the game.
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Greek Rosé Wine

I must admit that Rosé Wine is usually not my first choice. It is the only wine I have so little respect for that I sometimes pack it with a picnic when I am out walking. After residing on my backback potentially for several hours its temperature will be far from optimal…

Greece and Rosé Wine also has not previously worked out for me. We sort of started out on the wrong foot on my very first island vacation. I remember I tried a Boutari Rosé that I saw others happily drinking. That was a mistake, it tasted like cat pee.

This, on the other hand, is a different beast. The best Rosé I have ever tasted. Probably the most expensive too, but…

GAIA AGIORGITIKO 14-18 h

GAIA AGIORGITIKO 14-18 h

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Poros Report

A small report from my visit to Poros can be found here.

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Poros Pictures

I have added pictures from the Greek island of Poros to my photo album (and just a few from Athens).

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Old iSight with Ubuntu 16

Do you have an older MacBook Pro where your iSight camera (the built-in camera) does not work out-of-the-box? I cannot say anything about modern Mac`s, but this is the way to get it to work (and work permanently) for older ones like mine (6-7+ years):

1. Get the firmware for the camera. You can it get from your Mac partition or a backup of it (if you still have any of those around), but if you are too lazy (like me) just download it from here. Unzip it and put it in any directory you like.

2. Install the firmware extraction tool:

sudo apt-get install isight-firmware-tools

3. When asked, point the tool to the directory where you put the firmware in pt. 1.

4. (Optional) When your firmware is successfully extracted to /lib/firmware/isight.fw you may totally remove the extraction tool:

sudo apt-get –purge remove isight-firmware-tools

5. The firmware needs to be loaded into memory EVERY TIME YOU BOOT, as the camera will not retain it. The small trick to accomplish this is by creating a small startup script that sets the modification date for it, to make sure it will be ready again for your NEXT boot:

#!/bin/sh

touch /lib/firmware/isight.fw

Save this script anywhere you like, just make sure it is executable.

6. Add your script with “Startup Applications”.

7. Shut completely down, then reboot.

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Greek Images

A veteran website with 25 years worth of pictures from the Greek islands is still going strong and has recently been modernized. A must see for any island fan.

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Crossroads

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Choices, choices, I hate choices… 😉 Choices and consequences…

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Guardian

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Oh my has this been a long time coming…

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Dreamfall



Best video game ever? I dunno, I am not such a regular game player. I can only say I am thoroughly impressed that someone has been able to pack such an emotional story into something as “trivial” as a video game. I believe this soundtrack gives you a good indication. I am also very happy (and a bit surprised perhaps) about the continued survival of the “adventure” game.

Well, is this a game or is it an interactive movie? In sum it does make one hell of a movie. And to call it “emotional” is a bit like calling the sun warm… I would think even the most seasoned game players have to take a break after discovering the final truth about “Faith”. Absolutely heartbreaking as well a kick in the guts. Listen to track 22 here, “Faith”. If you do not listen to anything else of this soundtrack, do listen to that little piano piece.

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