Ferry to the island of Santorini
Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
34Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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Santorini is somewhat of a desert island—it is very hot, dry, and lacking vegetation. The tap water comes from a desalination plant and is not potable, so I had to pay for bottled water
Santorini is said to have beaches of red, black, and white sand. The black volcanic sand is impressive, though not as black as I’d thought it would be. The "red beach" is really just small pebbles of red volcanic rock at the water’s edge; the rest of the red beach is black sand.
I stayed 5 nights on the island, and though I had managed to bring my bike along for free on the 8 hour ferry over from Athens, I only used the bike one day. I had left most of my stuff in the hostel in Athens, and I had somehow forgotten to bring anything to patch a flat. Of course, I got a flat that one day of riding and had to walk back to my hostel. There are no bike shops on the island and the only tubes I could find at bike rental places weren’t for road bikes. Luckily, I found patch kits at a gas station. I’d already rented an ATV at that point, so I didn’t ride again. I’m glad I didn’t have to, for though Santorini isn’t a huge island, it was almost too hot to ride. On that one ride I was able to do, I consumed the three liters of water in my Camelback before I even finished the 18 mile ride. Later that same day, I also got a cold. In the middle of summer?!! This is the third respiratory infection that I’ve had in my three months in Europe…stupid immune system.