Omalos in Crete, Greece

Yup! Rommel of The Sophomore Slump left California and is now living in Greece! I’m back in Europe, baby! πŸ™‚ I’m here in the island of Crete and will be staying for a year or two.


The Sophomore Slump Recommends

Music: The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monae – “Out of this world” weird as it may be, this “concept” album saves retro R&B in the coming of 2010’s.

Movie: Fight Club – Directed by David Fincher, this is aΒ brilliant intellectual movie packed with unconventional words of wisdom masquerading in bloody and psychological scenes.

Here is one of Tyler Durden’s words … “It is only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

For more, here’s a blogpost of mine –>Β

This is our backyard view from where I work.


Durng my first days here, I wondered when will I ever get to come close to that beauty.

I was completely okay with waiting it out. I don’t have a car right now. I don’t know the ways of the streets here. I don’t know how to get to point A to B.

So imagine my excitement when an old-time friend invited me to go to the mountains.


Weee!!! πŸ˜€


I was able to go to my first Greek travel destination within a week. I was happy as a clam. πŸ™‚


We snaked through a very winding road on the way to Omalos here in Crete, Greece.


The drive gave me a headache. I had to close my eyes not to get dizzy. One of us actually puked, but she said she’s always that way.


But as always, never mind the hassles of traveling when you get views that are this beautiful…




See how tiny that person is from the picture above. Cool!


I’m not one to play on the snow but I always appreciate the beauty it creates.

Last Calls …




Crete is known for its beach scenes as people from all over the place come visit here during Summer. So during snowy winter season, Omalos is the way to go.

The first and this last picture is a view from my friend’s house. What a treat…


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  1. Rommel, You have outdone yourself, you lucky dog, you. I am jealous. LOL. If you go into some of those fabulous little towns, please use that keen eye of yours to grab some street shots for me. I’ll pin them on my Pinterest board. Some of those ‘foreign’ streets are charming, others impressive, …. you know what I’m talking about. In the meantime enjoy your travels. And thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

    In the meantime, I’ll be pinning some of these photos under ‘The Big Outdoors’.

  2. You amaze me, Rommel!!! How nice to get a job there! It takes a lot of courage, doesn’t it? I am so excited for you! And thanks for the beautiful photos! Helen

    • πŸ˜‰ I’m actually assigned here. I’ve been with the same employer for more than ten years now. πŸ˜‰ The hard part is moving, the process, adaptation, settling in, new people, new environment.

    • I actually have not settled just yet that I haven’t really gone around. I hope to find a decent, automatic πŸ˜€ , inexpensive car. Driving here is *phew*. I did eat gyro here already. I ordered a gyro. It was so tasty that I couldn’t even tell it was chicken. πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow..lucky you Rommel.. πŸ™‚ this looks like an awesome place..I didn’t notice the guy in ur photo until reading ur next line πŸ˜€

    • Eto na! πŸ™‚ I was going to wait til February before I post this because I still have a bit of California posts I need to show. But since a lot has been asking me about Greece, I decided to post this sooner. πŸ˜€

  4. Absolutely beautiful and I did not know Greece received such an abundance of snow. I always think of warm beaches and Mediterranean white architecture. Thanks for enlightening me πŸ™‚

  5. I am so jealous!!! just gorgeous!! you need to change the title of this blog from “slump” to “spectacular”!!! My son went to Greece last summer, said it was just amazing, so I hope it is for you too!!! have a spectacular two years Rommel!! πŸ™‚

    • You know what, I have been thinking about changing the name of my blog. πŸ™‚ But I’m worried it’s gonna be hard for readers to identify it especially returnees. Plus, I don’t want to change all the posts with the blog title on it. πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to experience summer here in Greece. that’s what everyone has been raving about when talk about Greece.

      • I hope you have a wonderful time!!! and I think you can change the name, and still keep the actual address the same… not sure tho… anyway… have a blast!!! πŸ™‚

  6. You are living everyone’s DREAM…and your photographs are heavenly! Do you have to pinch yourself? Love love love your photographs!!! I will be following the journey. πŸ™‚

    • I’m originally from a tropical country. It was everyone’s dream to see the snow. I am truly blessed and thankful. Thanks for the compliment, Elisa.

  7. Wow! Breathtaking views from your workplace and your friend’s house!!! Thank you for taking us to Crete, Wow! Lucky you, Rommel! πŸ™‚

  8. Whoa πŸ™‚ What fun you’re going to have Rommel. I forget how HIGH the mountainous areas in Crete can be … ah look at that snow …..
    and so you’re in time for Spring .. with Summer round the corner … you jammy thing πŸ˜‰

  9. Rommel – Greece looks awesome. How cool of a life you have right now – and I am glad to get slices of it thru your blog. Greece is gorgeous! I bet you are going to be eating some good food while you are there – πŸ™‚

    oh – and what brought me here was I found an old comment from you on my blog (not that old, just from december) but seriously, your social seasoning is often not seen amidst your posts – which show us photos, humor, and traveling. so thanks for it.

    and that clip from fight club is chilling. talk about some good writing – I know that is more of a dude flick (as opposed to chick flick) but whew – one of the most unique movies I have seen.

    • Ironically, I also reread your comment from an older blogpost of mine after I got done composing this one. πŸ˜‰
      The movie is actually from a book.

      • thx – and not that i will ever read that book – or watch the movie again – but glad I saw it because it was really good.
        hope you have a great weekend my friend.

  10. WOW. Every photo trumps the one before. Omg. Somebody’s year is looking great already. =) Glad you’re settled safely. As a Classics minor in college, I studied ancient Greek. =)

    “Homer teaches his brothers.” LOL
    “Rommel teaches us.” LOL!

  11. What a fantastic place to base yourself, Rommel! Are you on the south side of the island somewhere? I stayed at Rethymnon in the west of the island many years ago and loved the ruggedness of the mountain passes. What a treat to see it in snow! And those sunsets… wow! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Would love to hear the story of how you made it to Greece and will be there for 1-2 years ~ what a great destination…and what a view. It will be nice to get to know Crete over the next year or so…and already with this post I am stunned by it beauty and such snow and mountains. I think you must be smiling quite a bit right about now ~ amazing!

  13. Quite simply, I’m jealous. My family (not me, specifically, unfortunately!) recently inherited a house and land in Sissi (north coast) but I haven’t had time to see it. You’re reminding me to get off my butt and plan a trip to Crete!

  14. Absolutely stunning pix, I could look at them all day, one or two are really beautiful. I shall be in Crete in June but it will be rather different then I think, if my last trip is anything to go by.

  15. I’m curious, Rommel, did you get your job before traveling to Greece or did you find it over there? It’s so great that you are having so much adventures.

  16. Stunning photos! We are in Greece now and have fallen in love with the country too. Haven’t had a chance to visit Crete this time but it’s definitely on the list. Thanks for the fab pictures.

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