Saturday, April 10, 2010

The table and it's role in Greece

You have had my views on chairs in Greece, now it is the turn of the simple table.

Enter any taverna or cafenio in Greece, and you see neatly arranged square tables with 4 chairs. Seems logical until you realize, that these chairs are not for 4 people, since nobody uses 1 chair per person.

2 people sit down, and immediately pull over 2 more chairs, and get comfortable. Arms, feet and bottoms are settled in, using the extra chairs to accomodate all parts. If it is a taverna, and they start to order, we realize the waiter has dragged another table over, the first one already has cell phones, cigarettes, and worry beads as well as keys spread all over it.
Water, bread and wine quickly, or not so quickly, are brought over. There is no way the first table could have handled all of this.

When the food arrives, starters, dips, toasted bread, salads, all sorts of stuff, the second table starts to groan. A friend stops by for a drink, 2 chairs appear, since he is not staying for a meal, 2 are enough.
I dread to think what is in store for the table when the meal arrives. Another table dragged over?

The lowly square table in Greece, 100 by 100, is probably enough for one person for coffee, water, sugar bowl, personal stuff etc. Never the less, this almost never occurs, lone eating or even drinking coffee alone, never seems to happen.

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