On our way to Vatopedi in 2019 we suddenly were caught up by a very fast walking monk that raced past us. Of course we tried to have a chat but he turned his head smiling and told us, in perfect English with an American accent, that Vatopedi was not far. Though not unfriendly he refused to make conversation and did not lose speed.
Not long after this short meeting we reached the monastery. The monk behind the counter of the room at the entrance was acting if he knew that we were coming and said that he already booked two twin rooms for us. The fast monk had already announced our arrival!
We were very happy with our nice rooms for two, so no sharing the space with other pilgrims. We told ourselves that the fast-walking monk had specially arranged these two beautiful rooms. He didn’t want to be distracted by us while walking but provided us with the best rooms in the monastery.
Not only private rooms but also a beautiful view on the Vatopedi courtyard. We were VIP’s in Vatopedi!