On the Greek island of Syros, you can contemplate the philosophy of Pherecydes. You can gaze out upon the Aegean Sea and ruminate on ancient piracy and modern maritime commerce. And you can get paid for it.
Paid for it, that is, if you don’t mind taking care of a few (dozen) cats.
Yes, "God's Little People Cat Rescue" has listed a job on Facebook that could be heaven-sent for cat lovers: Live on a Greek cat sanctuary, care for 55 cats and get a paycheck to boot.
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The job includes a ‘tiny’ but ‘modern’ house with electricity, water and a garden view of the Aegean Sea, plus an unspecified salary. The posting points to a website that says the average Greek monthly salary is 1,060 Euros ($1,200), but it also points out that you’d be expected to do "part-time" work of four hours a day.
You’d be expected to feed and medicate the cats (their expenses are paid), but "the cats will also need heaps of love and attention" and "at times be expected to trap or handle a feral or non-sociable cat."
The posting says the best candidate will be someone who is older with "cat-whispering skills" and who can "rest comfortably in your own company." Oh, and "you’ll be expected to live with a small handful of cats in your house."
Plus, you have to volunteer for the first "2-4 weeks" in October before the paid job begins on Nov. 1. For more information, check out the posting, but hurry — interviews begin at the end of August.