Always pack a light jacket idiot!

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

I'm on the island of Paros now, this is my 3rd night here. I was planning on going to Mykonos this morning but all ferries have been canceled because it's so freaking windy. Let me catch you up on the terribly exciting past couple of days. ha! 
As I said before, I was bored in Naxos but I did accomplish a couple of things. One of them getting laundry done. For 9 Euro I dropped everything off and picked it up a few hours later all fresh and folded! You don't realize what a luxury it is to have clean clothes, not just semi clean like with bar soap or shampoo but actually washed in detergent in a machine wooo hooo!!!  Very excited about that. 
I also went to a used book store to buy a book because I'm dying without a good book to read. You know how much of a dork I am. And since I couldn't find any non-fiction I gave into a paperback, it's called Saving Fish From Drowning, by Amy Tan. She's the author of the Joy Luck Club and that was really good so I figured I can't go wrong with this one either. 
I had heard there wasn't any hostels on Paros either, but I found one in my guide book as listed in Alyki, about a half hour bus ride from the port.  So as soon as the ferry docked I located the bus station and went there. There was no address given so I just wandered aimlessly for another half hour, asked a few kiosks if they had any idea where the Young Inn was and was given mostly shrugs and "no". Not like I expect anyone to actually go to any effort to help me or anything.  I gave in and called the number listed, what i should have done in the first place.  They are closed for the season!! ahhggg. A lot of the hotels and business's on the islands close after the high season of summer. After the last week in August everywhere goes from raging to completely dead.  The bars and restaurants and clubs have been pretty much empty, but I imagine during the busy time it would be a blast to party on any of these islands!  But I've missed out on everything!!
Before I left Naxos I had contact 1 of the 3 people listed in Paros on Couchsurfing.com.  So I called Ellen, the girl I emailed and made plans to stay with her.  She's 23 from Nebraska, also studied Anthropology and has been coming to work on Paros the last 3 summers at a dive shop teaching people how to dive in the ocean.  After another couple of hours I made my way to the city she is living in called Dryos. There's really nothing there, just 2 markets, a restaurant, bank, school, church...   She has a little one room with 2 beds, a bathroom and a balcony, one level.   I went on the Internet while she layed down for a nap, apparently she had had a really late night out the night before resulting in the temporary adopting of a kitten her and her friend found. We both normally don't like cats but it's hard to not like a kitten, this little thing was chewing my tank top and sticking its head in my armpit.  Anyway so i was on the computer and she was taking a nap and suddenly a guy jumps over the balcony and through the open doors and with a big friendly smile says Hello! How are you? haha it was Paul, Ellen's French friend.  We got a couple of beers from the market and sat out on the balcony laughing hysterically at funny things Paul said in his funny french accent. One of them being Seemon and Garfoonkul. He said so many humorous things i had to start writing them all down. Another one was when we were trying to teach him the meaning of the word "snooze" and he later tried to use it , saying " I am very snoozy" lol Ellen and I were in hysterics the whole night!  She borrowed a friends car and we went to the next town over to have some dinner, we ordered about 10 different little dishes and shared so I got to try some more Greek dishes.
The next day she went to work and I got on the bus to visit some more of the island. I went to Nassou, another port town. And then to Lefkes, there's an ancient Byzantine road that I had planned on walking to the top of and supposedly be rewarded with beautiful views all the way out to the ocean.  I started walking for a few minutes and then noticed I didn't see a soul around, and with the overcast windy weather it just felt creepy. So I stood there for about 5 minutes, hoping someone would come along but no one did so regretfully I started making my way back and wouldn't you know as soon as I get to the beginning 3 more tourists come along.  I wasn't going to start over again for fear of missing the bus which was the last one of the day.  So I waited at the bus stop for an hour and ate some Greek pastries I bought earlier (which I'm going to get some more of asap, so good)  and chatted with some French ladies. 
That evening we were able to get the car again, thank goodness otherwise I'd end up on the back of the scooter for a 40 minute cold dark and dusty ride!! We went to Tao's, a Yoga type center that also has a good Thai restaurant. I love Thai and she said good things about it, we shared the Pad Thai and Red chicken curry and it was sooo good. I'd go back tonight if there was a bus there!  This is where Paul worked so he was our waiter, after he got off work we all took a ride to Naussou to check out the nightlife there. There was none. Friday night and it was still dead. We went to a bar for one drink and laughed over the 80's and 90's songs made into dance remixes- "I'm too Sexy" hahaha when was the last time you heard that??? Good stuff.
We got to bed around 3 and was up and out by 10. I said goodbye to Ellen and thanked her for her hospitality, she really made my stay here much much better than it would have been on my own.  I got on the bus back to Parikia and wasn't too happy to hear there was no ferry going to Mykonos. I double checked with 5 more agents in other offices. Nothin. Nada. Zip.  One of the room owners was around asking people if they needed a room for the night so I chatted to one of them for a while and decided just to stay here for the night so I can take the first ferry out.  So for 20 Euro I practically have my own apartment, it's huge. 3 beds, big bathroom, kitchen, etc. If only I had some friends to share it with!
That's it for now, hopefully you'll be hearing from me next time from Mykonos!  x x x
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iamannie
iamannie on

Better luck next time/island...
I sure hope your next stop has more action, lesson learned timing is everything!
Sounds like once again you met up with some new nice friends. How are all the people so available, what do they do with there free time when strangers don't just pop in? I guess that is the difference with us Americans we have such busy over scheduled lives it's hard to imagine be able to be so spontaneous-
My mouth was watering when you spoke of the Thai food, one of my favorites to indulge in!
Keep us posted, your adventures make my day-
Hugs to you, Annie

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