Sarah and l learnt the national Greek beach sport it seems....bat tennis and played it to out hearts content for a couple of hours in the water...was so much fun
. We basically just sat and played all day in the water as it was even to hot to sun bake. We then caught the bus back with the boys and the Irish girls eating bananas and squashed up against the locals in the over crowded bus. That evening, it cooled down to a cool 38 degrees and we ventured into the beautiful port, passing the Apollo Theater (a mini copy of the La Scala in Milan) and went and found dinner with Silpa in the only outdoor aircon/fans (that blow water) taverna we could find. Sarah and l shared yet another meal- and amazing eggplant/spinach/cheese casserole and some tomato and balsamic sauced pasta. Silpa had a hot date with one of the Romanian crew boys so me and Sarzs walked and went shopping in the beautiful port, eating too many Calypso icy poles and trying on too many beautiful Grecian style dresses! Sometimes l hate backpacking! We sat and watched fire twirlers do crazy dancing around each other before venturing back to the boat along the port where hundreds of people were sitting and eating in the dark due to a blackout- they looked pretty funny!
We sat up on deck and l watched the twinkling lights return to the port and over the mountains surrounding. We then learnt some hot Salsa moves from our cruise director Dario who taught 4 of us girls the basic back, side and front step moves while he twirled us around the ships dance floor while over 30 people watched! It was fun, and although l cant say l was any good l would love to take some lessons when l get back home...the Cuban/Miami style only of course Dario! Johnny and Nick soon returned from the Casino with huge grins on their faces, Johnny having won over 1000 Euro. So we left the ship, and crossed the road to the bar opposite where we danced and chatted before l rolled once again into bed at a time l don't want to even think about! Iam now offically living and have adapted to Greek time, where one eats dinner at 10pm, and then drinks coffee until 2am and then sees what the night has in store! The night is always young in Greece!
We awoke to an announcement stating that we would be anchoring at a different island than scheduled and l starred out our cabin window and sat up right on our bed and gazed out at the most beautiful and beautiful port called Ermoupolis (Queen of the Cyclades) yet! We were surrounded by a port lined with Venetian and neo-classical buildings which makes it one of the most beautiful towns in Greece! There was so much to explore on this island but the 45 degree plus heat made us catch the first bus to Galissas beach (after visiting the Tholos ruin)- where we spent the day sitting on the lovely sandy beach and in the water, chatting with the Canadian girls, sun baking with the Irish girls and of course meeting the boys randomly on the beach again.