Coining a New Term – “Cliffing Around”

“Cliffing around” = to wander awkwardly doing absolutely nothing for extended periods of time

Greece is full of stray dogs; everywhere you look they are roaming around. In Athens, they have more rights than people in many cases. My friend got denied of entrance into the Acropolis with coffee because it could stain the limestone — while less than 10 feet away, there were stray dogs pissing on the limestone. Anyway, the back story on this specific term is that we’ve somewhat adopted a dog named “Cliff” here in Santorini this summer. I’m not quite sure why, but we think he is the dumbest, most awkward dog on the island.

It started because we found Cliff on the beach, gave him water, and then he proceeded to eat the water dish we were using — and hence we could not give him any more water on an island where there is no freshwater whatsoever. Not a smart move on his part. Since then, we see him wandering around the island, always looking dumbfounded as to what he is doing and generally not doing much of anything at all. Hence the term, “cliffing around” was born this morning over breakfast at yet another Cliff sighting at Atlas Bar in Perissa.

And even though we call him the dumbest dog on the island, the fact is we’ve all really taken to liking him. He’s the only dog we’ve nicknamed, which is a sign of our sincere affection for him.

The joys of island life and the things that never cease to entertain…have you been “cliffing around” recently?

Update: For more on “cliffing around”, check out Brooke’s post.

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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  • Chelsea Upthegrove

    Very cute, drew. I think I will use “cliffing around” in my daily terminology at home. I have been spending the last few days in Athens “cliffing around.” there is little to do with no means of city travel besides taxis, not to mention the damn protesting. Tomorrow will be my third day of attempting to get on my flight home! Hope you and the group are enjoying the time in Perissa, I know I did 😉 maybe see you stateside someday; we could “cliff it.”

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  • Hey Chelsey-
    Yay for cliffing around in athens – hope you have rioted a bit with some anarchists like Durek did. Good luck getting home!

    I’ll let you know when I return stateside…it could be awhile. But “cliffing it” in the states would be sweet!

  • That’s brilliant! I remember all of the stray dogs in Athens – they were quite literally everywhere. While I felt somewhat sad for the homeless wee things, a local who was giving us a tour one day said the stray dogs in Athens are treated extremely well. Everyone in the city takes to them, and in fact some vets ‘adopt’ groups of stray dogs to make sure they keep updated on their shots and vaccines. Most of them are in fact tagged showing who their ‘owners’ are!

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