AIDA AUSTIN: What harm that I haven’t slept all night? I’ll find my sea-legs!

Meganisi Port, aboard the “Sophia”.
1.30am. Sleeping arrangements have just been urgently revised. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: My husband is trying to coax me off the jetty and back on the boat...

We are in Meganisi port in Greece. It is 1am. There are about 50 boats all politely moored in a row up against the jetty. All is pin-drop quiet.

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AIDA AUSTIN: No one would say ‘yes, please’ if invited to sleep in a coffin underground

7.30 pm.
We are in a taverna on the island of Meganisi. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "There’ll be no more wine crossing my lips this holiday"

Lefkada, 5pm and I’m standing on a jetty. My husband, his sister and her husband are standing on the boat that is to be our home for a week. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: It’s happening already. My holiday expectations drop from 50 to 40

THURSDAY evening and I am just two sleeps away from the holiday of a lifetime: Greek islands! On a boat! Hurrah!!

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AIDA AUSTIN: "I like my bag the way it is, I consider, stuffed full of hopes and expectations"

SUNDAY, 11pm. Home, in bed.
“You keep staring into space,” my husband says, rustling the sports pages.
“It’s unnerving. Where’s your book?” 

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AIDA AUSTIN: You might like to eat the bread first, before the mussels, while you are still alive to enjoy it

SUNDAY, 7pm. The sun is still shining and my husband and I are making impromptu plans for the evening: short coastal walk, swim and a meal out in a newly-opened restaurant.

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AIDA AUSTIN: 'The truth is the more my daughter reads about Tragics, the more I identify with them'

Friday night, and my eldest daughter is home before leaving soon to do a master’s in cognitive neuropsychology at Edinburgh.

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AIDA AUSTIN: God knows how women manage to have hot flushes in Ireland. They should be so lucky — all that rain and cold

MONDAY morning, and I have the house phone to hand when it rings.

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AIDA AUSTIN: 'Nothing bar an act of God can stop us from boarding that aircraft'

Saturday, 7pm, London.
Due to work commitments, my husband must fly home tomorrow. My daughter and I, however, do not need to return until the following day.

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