Santorini, land of the good deeds

Trip Start Apr 05, 2006
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Erin and I had a great day and a half in Santorini and wished we could have stayed longer. The ferry ride was uneventful, besides showing up about 45 minutes late, but that's Greece for you. Calm waters and a fast boat were good things. Our hotel owners picked us up at the ferry terminal and drove us to our accommodation, so no dealing with the swarm of hotel hawkers this nice. And most importantly, the wind had stayed in Myknonos!

Highlights of the Santorini
--The amazing sheer cliffs and beautiful vistas.
--Great sunset!
--No wind
--Taking a ferry out to the active volcano islet that used to be the centre of the island. Great views and a good hike to the top.
--Putting my lifeguarding skills to the test and rescuing a Chinese woman who had a look of panic in her eye. After the volcano, we went out to the 'hot springs' (really, not so hot...) and had to swim about 100m from the boat. The water was not warm and this woman was not a strong swimmer. I swam over to her and held us afloat while calling out to another boat to throw a life preserver. Everyone just looked at us without moving. Someone finally threw it to us, but nowhere near where I was holding the woman. Finally, after I called out a few times, an American guy jumped in and swam it to us. Erin was already on the job as my backup and had started swimming to it, but all worked out in the end. After many years of lifeguarding, it was the first time I'd ever actually had to do a "rescue".
--My good deeds continued the following day when Erin and I spotted a turtle in the middle of the road. I went into "rescue" mode again and carried it to a safe haven on the other side of a wall. :)
--Getting a few hours in at the beach, but unfortunatley, only at the end of the day as public transport takes a long time in Greece...
--Great dinner at a locally recommended place. We were growing weary of the same very ordinary and quite expensive Greek salads and not many options on the menu.

Lowlights
--The food in Greece is not very diverse or that exciting. The yogurt is great, and so are the tomatos, but having the same thing for 8 days can get a bit old...
--The men! Although we met a few not as sketchy ones on Santorini.

We wish we'd had another day in Santorini, which would have been perfect. Ah well. London was calling
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