I'm glad to hear that the get together went well. Hurry up with the pictures though. Those of us who couldn't get there would still like to put some faces to the names.
Seeing as there was no chance of me getting there, I consoled myself by spending almost a week on Mt. Athos beginning with the feast day of St. Athanasios. Next to Pascha and the feast days for Panagia, this is probably the biggest event on Mt. Athos with well over one thousand monks gathered at Great Lavra (plus many lay visitors such as myself). Huge!
I also made the aquaintance of a Japanese monk while I was there.
Please keep me in mind if anyone plans coming to Greece to visit Mt. Athos, as I can smooth out a lot of the hassles involved in getting there. This goes for those of you who are not Orthodox as well since the first two times I went I was not yet Orthodox.
For those of you who are regulars on Mo'nachos, Andonis just came back from two and a half weeks
on the holy mountain. He stayed overnight at our place before going and then had dinner with us on his return, prior to taking the bus down to Athens. He will probably post something of his experience in the next few days (on monachos.net)