Diros Cavos

Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
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Trip End Aug 05, 2008


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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Monday, July 14, 2008

POLSKI:
Bulgarzy sie nie pojawili, choc czekalismy na nich prawie godzine. Spotkalismy za to trojke (!) chlopakow jezdzacych razem na stopa. Dobrze wiedziec, ze nie jestesmy tu sami. Kilka kilometrow podwiozla nas Greczynka (pierwsza kobieta!), a potem... kolejna trojka Albanczykow, az do Pyrgos Dirou. Tamtego dnia mialam smiechawke maksymalna, tak bez powodu. Przez jakis czas siedzielismy na pustej drodze, oparci o plecaki i konwersacja przebiegala mniej wiecej tak:
M.: Bogna, idz po wode do restauracji
B: Nieeee chce mi sie, ty idz
M: Nie. Jestem za rownouprawnieniem
B: Ale za kazdym razem ja chodze po wode!
M: Pocwicz kondycje, wiesz jaka bedziesz zgrabna, jak troche pochodzisz i schudniesz?
B: Wiesz Marcin, to Tobie szybki chod sie przyda, bo dobrze spala tluszcz. A z tluszczu latwiej miesnie wyrobic...
itd., itp. W koncu zebralismy sie i idac w strone plazy (wygladala na oddalona o jakies 2km), zalapalismy sie na pake pick-up`a. Najlepszy stop jak do tej pory. Szkoda, ze tak krotki. Wysiedlismy i Marcinowi wyrwalo sie: "Ale tu pieknie!" Naszym oczom ukazala sie zatoka z klifowym wybrzerzem, oswietlona zachodzacym sloncem. Poszlismy sie wykapac w cieplutkiej wodzie.
Gdy sie sciemnilo, ulozylismy sie do snu w wysokiej trawie przy drodze. Zebralo nam sie na nocne Polakow rozmowy - o tzw. zyciu i jajecznicy. Pierwszy raz w zyciu uslyszalam "Czyli nie jestes taka beztroska jak myslalem?". Chyba nikt wczesniej mi nie zarzucil, ze jestem beztroska!
15 sierpnia
Rano obejrzelismy jaskinie Diros (wstep dla studentow - 7 Euro), ktore byly lepsze od Wieliczki. Sa to podobno najpiekniejsze mokre jaskinie na swiecie. Zdecydowanie zasluguja na to miano. Najpierw plynie sie pare km lodka, a potem trzeba jeszcze przejsc 300 metrow. Robily wrazenie.
Nie mogac zlapac stopa, ktory wywiozlby nas na glowna droge do Aeropolis, wsiedlismy w autobus. Z Aeropolis dojechalismy do Kalamaty na 2 raty, nie zatrzymujac sie tam, a jedynie robiac przerwe na posilek. Nastepnie cofneli sie dla nas dwaj mlodzi Grecy, ktorzy mysleli, ze sie zgubilismy i... zawiezli nas na przystanek autobusowy. Nie rozumieli idei autostopa. Na szczescie przystanek byl po drodze na wylotowke z miasta. Potem byl ciekawy stop. Zatrzymal sie dla nas starszy pan - Grek z New York City, ktory nadrobil dla nas kilka km i kupil nam "sode", czyli napoje w puszkach. Pan mial smiesznie amerykanski styl bycia. Nastepnie pick-up`em dojechalismy do nadmorskiej miejscowosci Kalo Nero. Ogromne fale, piasek i chwila radochy. Potem jeszcze kolacja przy drodze, gdzie w miedzyczasie zlapalismy Albanczykow wracajacych z pracy. Duzo Albanczykow pracuje w Grecji. Tu zarabiaja trzy razy tyle co w swoim kraju. Troche tak jak Polacy w Wielkiej Brytanii. Albanczycy zawiezli nas 14 km od Olimpii. To pierwszy raz, kiedy nie udalo nam sie dostac w jednym dniu calkiem do celu, ale 14km to i tak niedaleko. Nocowalismy pod drzewami , w poblizu domow mieszkalnych.

ENGLISH:
The Bulgarians wouldn`t appear even though we`d been waiting forthem for almost an hour. We met 3 guys (!) hitchhiking altogether. It`s good to know that we`re not alone in here. We got a few km lift by a Greek woman (first female!) and then by... another 3 Albanians, up to Pyrgos Dirou. On that day I had the best mood to laugh ever, I was laughing all the time, without a reason. For a little while we`d be sitting in an empty road, leaning on our backpacks and had a conversation like this one:
M: Bogna, go to the restaurant and get a water for us
B: I caaan`t be bothered, you go
M: No. I`ve always supported the equal rights for women
B: But I go to get the water all the time!
M: You should exercise, do you know how good shape you`re going to have when you do some walking and loose some weight?
B: You know what Marcin? The person that would need a fast walking exercise is you, as it burns fat. And from the fat it`s easy to build up muscles...
Etc., etc.
We finally walked down towards beach (it seemed to be about 2km apart) and then we stopped a pick up which we hopped on. It was like the best hitchhike so far. A pity it was so short. We jumped off the car and Marcin couldn`t help: "Oh wow how beautiful!". In front of our eyes there appeared a bay with a cliff seaside, illuminated by sunset. We went to swim in awesomely warm sea water. When it got dark, we went to sleep in a high grass next to the road. We started something what we call "night chats of the Poles" - just talks from life to scrambled eggs. I probably heard for my first time: "So you`re not as happy-go-lucky as I thought?". Nobody has ever reproached me for being unconcerned!
15th August
In the morning we saw Diros caves (entrance for students - 7 Euros), which were even better than Wieliczka salt mine in Poland. I`d read that Diros caves are probably the most beautiful wet caves in the world. They definitely deserve that name. Firstly you`re gonna take a couple km ride by boat, then you`re gonna have to walk 300m. It was really making a certain impression.
Not being able to stop a car that would take us to the main road in Aeropolis, we took a bus going there. From Aeropolis we got to Kalamata in two parts, not even stopping there, but making a break for a meal. Afterwards two Greek guys would back up for us, because they thought that we got lost and... took us to a bus station. They did not understand the idea of hitchhiking. Thank God the bus stop was on the way to the main road. Then we got an interesting ride. We stopped an old man - a Greek from New York City, that took us a few km further than he was supposed to and bought us a soda. The man had a pretty funny way of expressing his American behavior. Then we stopped a pick-up that took us to a town by the seaside - Kalo Nero. Huge waves, sand and a moment of joy. Eventually, while eating a supper next to the road, we stopped Albanians coming back from work. There`s plenty of them working here in Greece. They earn 3 times as much in Greece as in their country. A little bit like the Poles working in the UK. The Albanians took us 14km from Olympia. It was the first time when we didn`t get straight to our destination within one day, but hey 14km is not that far, is it? We slept under trees, nearby houses of the locals.
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