For a second time in three years Canadian publisher and writer, Andrew Schiestel, visited the Island of Ithaca, Greece, one of the world's most fulcrum mythological islands.
One morning while in a European-style curbless tiled step-in shower in a house on the pier in Vathy—Ithaca’s most populated village—Andrew lathered himself in a Greek shampoo and body wash that his Airbnb host left for him, called Korres.
As the aroma perforated Andrew’s senses, he fell in love. It was visceral and like nothing he’d experienced before. Between Christina, the host, purchasing some extra bottles of Korres on Andrew’s behalf and Andrew finding more supply for sale in a tiny apothecary in Stavros, a content village on the northern side of the island, Andrew travelled with a small allotment back to Canada.
When showering each morning the aromas were redolent of his time on the island—it was as if bringing the product back from Greece allowed the memories of his trip to protract, and live more vivaciously. And he wondrously experienced these feelings every morning.
But then he ran out of shampoo.
Andrew searched the web and was able to find only one of the two types of soaps. Christina lent a hand and began graciously sourcing bottles in Greece and couriering them all the way to Andrew in Canada. Andrew’s mother even began to adore the shampoo and began using it. Christina periodically mailing Andrew bottles was enormously helpful but the process couldn’t last.
And the seeds for Ithacabound.com were sown.
Ithacabound.com & The Odyssey
In one of history's most epic poems, The Odyssey by Greek poet Homer, Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, after spending ten years absorbed in the legendary Trojan War, experienced an additional decade-long arduous journey home to his wife, son, and cherished island of providence.
In Odysseus' travels, he spent time in foreign lands with cultivated citizens, was stranded on an island, struggled with mortal temptations, and more, all with the goal of one day returning home.
Ithacabound.com is a salute to the epic poem, The Odyssey, a nod to each of our own individual odysseys, and is an avenue for people around the world to shop for their most beloved products from the Mediterranean Basin—along with those products yet to be discovered—and to bring these products home.
Home is a metaphorically powerful place. And through Ithacabound.com, you can enhance your home and your experience of living.
Enjoy Ithacabound.com—The place where you bring the Mediterranean home.