This seminar was fantastic. Dimitra Pilarinou always delivers the highest quality presentations in a lively and entertaining manner. This one really exceeded my expectations.
Until I listened to Dimitra's lecture on Crete earlier this year, I never thought about going there. But after that lecture, I not only put Crete on our "must visit" list, but I also decided we would need to hire Dimitra to guide us around. She is smart, funny, incredibly personable and is able to present the history, stories and practical information in such an interesting manner. Her photos really enhance her lectures. This one on Spinalonga was fascinating. I loved that she went way back into history to explain Spinalonga's place and why it was important and the various changes through history. She explained all about leprosy which played such an important part in Spinalonga's more recent history.
We visited Spinalonga just this past October, but learned so much more from this lecture, including placing Spinalonga in the long complex arc of Cretan history with a pretty comprehensive review of the biological nature and history of leprosy. Well researched and well done!
Dimitra is a fantastic teacher! she can make a tragic story one you must hear! and her history is wonderful!
This was my second seminar with Dimitra and it will not be my last - she is an outstanding presenter, so organized and informative, but also never less than incredibly lively and interesting in her presentation. I learned so much about the island of Spinalonga, commonly known as the former leper colony, but actually the long history of the island dating back thousands of years is the more interesting! Who knew? Dimitra is simply a gem.