Two Dutch guys, aged 19 and 17, made it to the frontpage of the Saturday edition of the local Cretan newspaper “Patris”, or Patrida as it is still lovingly called by the elder people. It appears the boys had found a wallet on the beach in front of one of the sea-side hotels in Chersonissos or Malia. The wallet contained €11.000,- (eleven thousand euros). As you might know, Greeks just love to carry many bank notes on them. I have no proof though that the wallet belonged to a Greek, mind you. What did those guys do with it? No, they didn’t order drinks and souvlaki for everyone on the beach from Vai to Falassarna. They also didn’t spend it on drugs, rakí, hotdogs-with-mustard or other mind altering substances, as some of you might suspect Dutch guys to do. What they did is what got them a deserved spot on the frontpage: they returned it to its owner, via the hotel reception and the security service there. Apparently this behaviour made quite an impression on the island. The grateful owner gave them €500,- each in reward.
I’m so proud, because being married to a Dutch girl, obviously some of this rubs off on me too. Therefor I’m telling everybody who asks this week that I’m Dutch… Iéme Ollandós. Diavássate to Patrída aftó to Sávato; (Did you read Patris last Saturday?). Beats being a Berliner any time of the century. Or the previous one for that matter.