Former President of the Greek-American Homeowners Association George Alexiou during his travels | community, general news
TAMPA, FL – The coronavirus pandemic and the many variants prevented George Alexiou from traveling to India this year to admire the famous Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful monuments, which many have described as the eighth wonder of the world. After the trip was canceled, Alexiou left this month to visit his native Greece for the umpteenth time.
Known in the community for his efforts with the Greek American Homeowners Association, he has also traveled all over the world. Alexiou always said, “I want to see the world from top to bottom,” which means he wanted to travel to the far corners of the earth. And he did. The summit he went to was the northernmost tip of frigid Alaska. is the coastal area of Prudhoe Bay, at the northeastern tip of Alaska, next to the ever-freezing Arctic Ocean.
There he ended his trip, having previously visited other parts of Alaska, going to some areas in a small plane with a few passengers and others by dog sled.
The trip started from New York, with a first stop in Vancouver in southwestern Canada, where he stayed with his wife Elpida for four days. They then sailed to Anchorage. “A lot of tourists are happy with this trip,” Alexiou said. “But it’s a shame not to continue, because the real Alaska is inside.”
Many Greek Americans live in the city of Anchorage, and there is also a Greek church.
The tour continued with a tourist train that took them to the famous city of Fairbanks, Alaska, from where they boarded a small plane that took them to various areas.
Alexiou remembers Mount McKinley now known as Denali, which they flew over. “The show was enchanting,” he says. “Then we went down to see dozens of reindeer moving around the endless ice. “
The tour continued with another small plane for three and a half hours to Prudhoe Bay. American oil wells are being drilled nearby. “I was impressed that the pipelines were placed in such a way that they did not prevent different animals from passing under them and sometimes over them,” added Alexiou.
When they got there, it was summer and the temperature was 30 degrees Fahrenheit. “Some residents have told us that when it’s cold and you spit, it freezes in the air, before landing on the ground,” continues Alexiou.
“Before leaving New York, I was asked at the travel agency why I wanted to go to the end of the world,” he added. “I told them I wanted to see how I would feel. Because I believe that there I will see God.
In some areas, they rode on dog sleds. “Because it was summer, there was not enough snow everywhere for the sleds to move on the ice,” said Alexiou. “That’s why the dogs pulled the sledges with great effort in so many places. Unforgettable were the times the dogs barked and sometimes argued. I would recommend people to go to Alaska. The best months are end of May, June and July. The other months, life is very different.
Alexiou and his wife, in addition to visiting the North and South Poles, also visited China, Australia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Argentina and other countries in America. Latin. In Europe, they went as far as the Nordic Scandinavian countries.
“I like to travel,” says Alexiou. “You see how the rest of the world lives and the human spirit opens up. “
Of course, in his travels he does not forget Greece. “I’m having a great time there,” he said. “Greece is beautiful, but let’s not forget that other countries are also very beautiful.”
In 2010, Alexiou and his wife were able to reach the icy southern tip of the Earth, set foot in Antarctica with Patagonia and see the legendary Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego up close. The trip lasted two weeks.
“I saw the greatness of God and of nature,” Alexiou said. “Everywhere there is peace and silence and only a few moments you hear a noise coming from the ice and you see whole pieces collapsing and falling into the sea. In such an environment you feel good and you forget everything.
The spectacle on King George Island in Antarctica was spectacular. “We saw four science stations, South Korea, China, Chile and Russia,” Alexiou said. “In fact, the Russians built a small church there with prefabricated materials. We stayed in a cabin. Icebergs all around. There we wore warmer clothes and over other heavy reddish uniforms to weather the intense cold. We couldn’t sleep much because our thick clothes prevented us from doing so. Nature was unique. We saw penguins, elephant seals and sea lions. There was a savagery in the environment, which at the same time was friendly. I felt like I was one of the few people and perhaps in some places the first to have walked part of this Antarctic area. I felt joy and by that time I had forgotten all my problems. We also had a Chilean guide, a tour guide, who told us that we would try to see as much as we could as we still didn’t know what the weather was after 2-3 hours. We were lucky personally as it started to snow when we left.