Naxos is nice and very "authentic", and although it was too cold to swim and Erin was pretty disappointed, we still enjoyed the island
. Then a few days ago we came here to Santorini. We've spent time sitting on the beach and yesterday we rented a car to drive around to the surrounding cities of Fira (or Thira, ar whatever else they want to call it) and Ia. Mom says it is as beautiful as it was 17 years ago when she was here with my Dad, but much more developed. The EU thing has brought a ton of money to the islands, but at the same time causes everything to be much more expensive. Santorini is a big party island now, especially on nights with big soccer matches (such as last night, Arsenal vs. Barcelona), and it's a nice break from the normal grind of staying in the hotel room doing homework. Not a bad way to spend a few days. We leave Santorini today for Athens, and then head to Cairo on Saturday.
We left Kusadasi, Turkey the day after the oil wrestling and took a short ferry ride to Samos, Greece. We spent one night there and then headed to Mykonos for one night before finally making it to our destination island, Naxos. We found all of the islands very quiet considering it's still the low season, but as a result we got good prices on rooms. On Mykonos our ferry arrived very late so we decided that there was no point in getting a room and that we could save money by sleeping outside. Well we did save about 25 Euro, but it was a fairly cold, miserable night spent on stone benches at the Mykonos port - one that I'm not sure I'll be willing to repeat anytime soon. The low season is low because it is cool and windy, but we survived and got a laugh out of it.