Our first stop in the Aegean

Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
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Trip End Jul 03, 2007


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Thursday, May 17, 2007

(C) THOUGHT OF THE DAY - Ferries to the islands are sketchy and filled with gypsies.

We decided not to rent a car and drive to Delphi today mostly because it was hot there and renting a car was so expensive. It seemed like a good idea to forego the difficult bus schedules and rent a car - but by the time we got to Athens, our patience was spent and the overnight boat for Santorini left in 2 hours. Perfect.

We got on board and quickly scoped out the Canadians (there are a lot of Canadians here); the druggies who would spend the next three hours going "updeck" to weed out; the gypsies who quickly took over the best seats in the bar, spread out all their things and giant bags, started smoking and went to sleep; us and the Chinese people. Oh my god - are we in the category of the Chinese people? They fall asleep early too, take lots of pictures and keep to themselves... shit.

It rains all night. In pride and anger (Sara), we wake to sunrise over Santorini. I can't help it that the roof dripped on her sleeping bag all night. It is, of course, my fault because "I made her sleep under the dripping roof." (For the record, the roof dripped everywhere.)

The ferry port is a nightmare of tourist buses and people who want to scare you into pissing money. A "barrista" looked me in the face and told me there was no public bus to Thira - but her brother could take us. Dammit Lonely Planet - you suck. There are regular city buses for 1.7 euros. TRAVEL TIP - wait for the bus.

Sunny today. Take advantage of it. Rent mopeds.

Santorini is beautiful. We rode to Oia. Had lunch at Lotza café - which must be greek for lotza gay people. This place is clearly on the Rick Steve's "In MY Backdoor" tourbook. Sara bought a floppy hat.

Our campsite is nice, but the place - while keen in season - is currently under construction so the pool, bar, restaurant, market, bathrooms and showers are closed. We all got to share a couple of working stalls. No worries - it rained for the next two days. Our tent stayed dry, but our backpacks got a case of the ants in the night and we spent an hour trying to locate the ant motherlode - which was either Sara's forgotten kinder snacks, or the cheese cutting board. Whichever it was, they also decided to explore and map the rest of our donkey bags, and it took an hour to unpack and shake. In the rain.

We found an internet café and figured out how we can meet Karl in Germany. Thank God. Hope it's not raining there. We found a 40 euro flight on Condor from Chania to Stuttgart. But where is Chania??

Crete, it turns out. Chania is in Crete. Then we should go there and soon before all of our camping gear molds on the island where it NEVER RAINS. Fast ferry to Iraklion, 30 euros.

(S) Ok - so sue me. I don't like rusty water raining down on my head all night. I just know he planned it all out so carefully so it only dripped just on me. :)

Can anyone tell me why Santorini is so damn windy? I nearly got blown off my motoscooter of death after swerving to miss a car and narrowly missing a giant tour bus, all while on a windy road, 200 meters above the ocean. Good thing Chad was in front and missed this particular part of my superb driving skills.

But the people are nice. We took the motoscooters back to the rental place, in the rain of course, and got a special treat. The nice old Greek owner lady took a special liking to Chad and we each got a plastic cup full of naturale wine. Which was in some sort of plastic motor oil jug. And tasted like port. And this was at 9 in the morning. I was bombed before breakfast on homemade wine and motoroil.
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