A permission for all (non)-orthodox pilgrims for 4 days (= 3 nights) is called a Diamonitirion.
In 1980 the four abbots of the Epistatia still provided their own autographs (not printed) and three stamps were nessescary.
Six years later the handwritten autographs were replaced by a printed version, with only two stamps.
1986 – we got an extra day this time (5!)
Three years later nothing really changed, allthough the stamps were still real !
In 1997 only one stamp was left and it was a printed version:
1997 – religion: protestantis
And finally In 2007 the computer era was introduced and the (whole) Diamonitirion was properly printed !
2007 – religion: diamartyromenos
Wim Voogd, 1-9
Dear Brother in Christ ,
Please note that in Agion Oros it exist some jackcals that eat dead animals . Last year in Agia Anna we hear very well in the time of night the noise very close . As the fahters from cell , witness , they eat a dead mule , completly in 3 days , evean the bones . But they are not brave to came in the time of day or attack the man . So you have possible explanation .
From Zografou downwards you can easily walk to the left to Chilandar. It is properly indicated and delightful.
When you walk to the right side in the direction of Esfigmenou it is at your own risk : I made it many times and always used to cross the brook after 15 minutes where the corpse now seems having been found.You have to fight here your own dull way through the light maquis during 2 hours, a good sport. However : Nobody will advise an old man alone with packing to this over-exercise.