Party Island of the Devil of the Death...
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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The first time it was confirmed that Ios would be a bit of a struggle was when I saw my accommodation. I hesitate to describe it as a box, because boxes everywhere may be offended by this comparison. But generally speaking, it is a box of the lowest order, a canvas roof, a piece of shit bed, no linen nor electricity, small such that even an articled clerk would complain if it were his or her office
I first realised that Ios wasn't going to be cheap when I saw the sign advertising happy hour cocktails for 6 euro. And indeed, this impression of Ios continued throughout my stay, most notably with the 1 euro / 15 minute internet, the 6 euro hire for a beach deck chair and the charge of 3 euro per bowl of steamed rice at this random thai place. The last mentioned of these I indulged in twice, to satisfy a rice craving that had been developing for some time and may even have featured in a previous Top 5. And for the record - dominated the rice.
Ios is a party island. Plain and simple. The party island of Greece in fact. Everything is entirely geared towards drinking, partying and maybe just a bit more drinking
In fact, there's been very little of anything on Ios. I've done nothing. I've sat a bit - sometimes in the schorching sun, generally in the shade. I've had a bit of a swim in both pool and ocean. And read. THe whole setup, especially at Milopotas beach where I was based, is like a resort - reminding me of Bali as the only other real resorty place I've ever been. Pools and bars set up only metres from the sandy beaches where hawaiian style umbrellas form interesting geometric patterns. In fairness to Ios, it is a beautiful island. THe main town of the island, Hora, in particular, is set on the steep slopes near the port, featuring beautiful, narrow and windy paths, and classic greek blue and white buildings. Terribly photogenic. One afternoon's walk through the town was undoubtedly the highlight of Ios.
Ios? Well, substance there is not, nor should I expected there to be
So to the top 5. well, of course, a place like Ios means meat market. Unfortunate. However, the upside has been overhearing many classic pipck up lines. Here are some of the best.
5. My name's Tom - wanna go at it?
4. My name's Tom - I just did 8 funnels in 1/2 an hour - wanna go at it?
3. Is my very very tight and small european swinwear turning you on?
2. You're hot. No. Not you. You. You're hot.
1. Yeah - I got what was going on even without the illustrated version.
Santorini it up...