ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Hi! I’m Melinda, founder and photographer for Mia Kali Thea.
Mia Kali Thea is the result of my love for sharing my images and giving to philanthropic causes.
I’m a traveler--most often with my husband as my boon companion. I look for roads both well- and less-traveled. I also like being back in my own bed periodically to reset for the next adventure--whether it’s outside my own window or on the road.
Mia Kali Thea is the site where I share some good views and “field notes” of my adventures. I’ve collected many over the years not only in Greece, but in South Korea, Alaska, Texas, South Carolina and many other places the military has moved us for a few decades. Now, we’re exploring places like our home of California and wherever else beckons.
I learned the concept of mia kali thea when I had the privilege of living in Greece for almost 2 years. When discussing a restaurant or hotel or home or coffee shop, my Greek friends would ask: is there a good view? Did you have a good view? It was a tangible and common conversation point. These views didn’t have to be the expansive-over-the-ocean-big-sunset views but might simply be views of people walking by wherever you are sitting or enjoying the company of the person sipping coffee with you.
It took me a long time to slow down enough to understand; perhaps that’s why we talked about it so much. Slowly, over time, I came to appreciate what a view can do: it opens our hearts and gives a new perspective of the moment--a bit of serendipity.
My Greek friends have lived this idea for years and they look for a good view wherever and whenever it comes. I believe it’s one of the many reasons they are so open and generous. I thank them for sharing themselves and this concept with me; because of them my heart grew exponentially while I was there. I am still learning.
Oh, and a favorite kali thea for me in Greece? It’s a sentimental one: from our kitchen window, out the gate to the big form of the wild dog who had adopted us, across the narrow street to my dear neighbor’s home and beyond to the mountains and wheat fields which changed colors with the weather and seasons.