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The Transport of Goods and People

We had many muleteers. They did all the transport in the summer from Thessaly because we had a good network there. We’d go to Giannena and Pramanta, usually on a daily basis. The muleteers would make their way to Pramanta to pick up salt and petrol which was a monopoly back then. And they’d load. Pramanta was the commerial center of the region. That’s where the big shops were. You could find ready-made shoes. You could also find socks and other such items. You could find everything from food including rice, spaghetti, everything. When I wanted 100 kg of salt, I’d take my own animal but if I wanted extras, I’d pay a muleteer. He’d go with his mules but you’d go with him. Or you’d give him the money and tell him what you wanted. He’d buy the goods and bring them to your home.

They’d send groups of muleteers to Giannena and to a place called Three Rivers. This is where three actual rivers met and was the last stop on the Trikala bus route. Groups of muleteers would depart from here, even those with only one mule. The muleteers would compete with each other when they’d pick up an important person. They would adorn their animals. It was a big deal. I still have that image in my head. Mules adorned with large beads on their embroidered saddles. Behind the saddle they’d cover the horse’s rump with an embroidered sheet.

They really took care of their animals. The more proud and devoted the more ornaments the muleteer would put his horse or mule. But over there, when the bus unloaded the passengers you could find anything. You could see 150 horses and mules picking up passengers and goods. They’d head to the all villages, mainly Aspropotamos and Kalarrytes. That’s where we’d mostly go. They’d transport people and items, for example watermelons brought back from Thessaly. They’d transport relatives of ours who’d come here in the summer which of course we’d host in our homes.

Thanasis Makris ,Resident of Matsouki