Towns are built into the cliff sides with a maze of steps everywhere. The people have created simple, beautiful dwellings, primarily white and blue domed houses. Carved into the cliffs, the dwellings stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. There are many reasons given for the whitewashing of the buildings. Some say it is because during Ottoman rule of the islands, Greeks were not allowed to fly their flag so they painted their homes in the colors of their country, white and blue. Others state that the lime wash allows rain water to flow freely and be collected for use. The white also reflects light and heat allowing for cooler temperatures. Today, the white and blue coloring is characteristic of Santorini, and specifically of Oia.
How has adversity been your springboard? I'd love to hear how you've "made lemonade".