Monks and pilgrims usually eat together in the refectory (trapeza), sometimes at separate tables. Meat is not eaten; but fish is regular fare for feasts, and sometimes on other days too. Otherwise the diet is largely made up of bread, olives, vegetables, rice, pasta, soya dishes, salad, cheese, and fruit. A glass of wine is usually available, but on fast days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and longer periods before major feasts) monks abstain from wine, oil, and dairy products.
What caught my eye was the part about cheese and dairy products. If the only females on the mountain are cats and chickens, where do they get the cream for the cheese and other dairy products? I remember at least 2 if not 3 monasteries that served cheese with meals and St. Panteleimon had a white cream sauce over pilaf.
I hope this thread will open up into more of a reflection on personal experiences and not a text book answer to how one has "heard" life is or should be.
While in Karyes there were hundreds of cats. Most of them congregated around the bakery. And ohhh, what bread they made!!!
It has been 18 months now since my return and I still relive my visit as if it were just this morning. I have finished my diary, but am still working on the pictures. I am not really tech savvy and my wife when she is able tries to help me get it all sorted out. I really want to share this with you all, but between all the hyperlinks, hundreds of pictures and learning HTML all is very slow.
Please do share stories of things that were personal to you while you visited. Things like pondering who and when the creek bed under the road between Karyes and Iveron was built up with hand laid cut stone.
Aching to go back,