Chapter 9: My big fat Greek boat trip.

Trip Start Apr 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 03, 2008

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Greece. The word conjures images of sparkling water, beautiful sunsets, mouthwatering salads, and small white towns on clifftops dotted with colorful rooftops overlooking bays filled with fishing boats. And we are here to tell you...that image is pretty spot on. HOW AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL. We were so happy to stay a couple of nights on Santorini, one of the most beautiful spots in the world, in a pretty nice hostel (more like a hotel) for only 15 euros a night! There was a pool, we had our own room, (the bathroom had a bit of a problem but I think it was just our room and we kept the door closed...) it was close to the beach and we went there one afternoon to soak up the sun...WE RENTED A FOUR WHEELER! At 15 euros for the whole day it was a bargain and I, being the only licensed driver (hehehe) sat in front and drove us around the island, I think I freaked Andy out slightly. Or alot.
Anyway we went to Oia, which is seriously one of the coolest places I have ever been, walked around, saw all the white houses and walked down the little steps (my GOSH, I may have cried just a little bit, going there was one of my dreams...) and took a gazillion pictures. We rocked around pretty much that whole island that day and our butts were sore at the end of it. What must it have been like to ride horses back in the day? I cant imagine...
Anyway something must be said for the journey to Santorini itself from Venice. I feel as if it must be comparable to being in hell. First off we got a cruise boat (for free, with our pass) which went from Venice to Greece (Patras.) That was AWESOME until it got dark and we went to bed, in the coldest room possible (there were chairs everywhere and we had set up camp on the floor between some so we could lie down...I had washed my hair (worst decision ever) and I am pretty sure it froze to my head during the night. Basically we just lay there, huddling for body warmth and wondering if we were actually dead yet. FINALLY the morning came and we hobbled weakly to the bathroom, I actually did look like a zombie and there was very little I could do about it in the middle of the Adriatic sea. It was pretty bad. Neither of us had slept a lot and we were just laughing at the general horror of the experience. We were to arrive at 8pm that night and when we did all the buses for Athens were full so we jumped on the night train (at 3am.) By this time we were just putting one leg in front of the other and the train was HIDEOUS, one of those graffiti covered ones with seats you might catch a number of diseases from and loud, creepy men who you caught staring every ten seconds. Geez. It was bad, but we didnt care because we were so tired. Every now and then we would eat some of the giant toblerone I had bought on the boat to cheer us up.
Anyway when we arrived (finally) in Athens, which took a bit of negotiating in the end, I was unable to form complete sentences and Andy wanted to see the Acropolis. We decided that we probably wouldnt have another chance before we left Greece so off we went, me resting my head on the bar in the subway to hold myself up. I think the pictures reflect the day, it was really hot, but really really cool to see all the stuff we saw, even though we didnt have time to see all we wanted. We had to pay a lot more to take the boat to Santorini, because I hadnt known it was a 12 hour boat ride, and we took the 5 hour express so we could get there that night and sleep in an actual bed, not the floor of a boat or the train. So, we made it to Santorini and after some serious searching, asking, being driven to the wrong place etc, we managed to (walk) to the right place and got there about 11pm. We took a shower and went, gratefully to bed.
On the return trip we took a longer boat which was cheaper, and arrived in Athens, walked around in a vicinity we were told had lots of hotels, and met a nice concierge in a hotel way out of our price range who called for us and found us a hotel in the area. We got there and went to sleep. It was a real hotel with a real breakfast!! We were so happy....they had the best yoghurt I have ever eaten, (ah Greece) and we ate a lot before we took off for the day, another trip on a boat, another overnight, this one to Ancona!! ITALY!! We tooka train to Rome, but that is another story....I wonder what Andy thought of Greece?
Well Becky, it was very nice indeed! Santorini was my Greek favorite, and going around all the places trying to read Greek was a plus as well!!!! I have to admit that being in the back of the 4 wheeler was an adventure that reminded me of Twilight in the beginning, when I closed my eyes and felt the speed (40 kms hahahahhaa), fearing falling from the blue thing...... I am so much better at rollercosting, it is so much safer to me!!!! But I was scared only for about 7 minutes before I got used to Becky getting used to driving, haha, and we even made a video from the thing!!! It couldnt have been better! I even got a major sunburn on my thighs, cause of the mini skirt I was wearing, and managed to get some of my Brazilian color back.....(still dont know if that is good or bad, since I tried so hard to be white in Japan, and it took 3 years of no sun exposure....all that effort and Becky is still whiter than me.....!!!haha)
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