«Today you will help in the garden, by the side of a great man. You have many things to learn from Nicos – just start by observing how he works with the earth and you will understand.»

These were the words I remember Aris Pavlos sharing with me in April 2014 at the 14th Panhellenic Festival of Peliti, in Paranesti, Drama.

He was talking about Nicolaos Dompazis – little I knew that a year and a half later I would be in his and his wife garden in Komotini, picking peppers and baking bread…