Greece

Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

Posted by on Jul 12, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 0 comments

Unfortunately I Was Not Detained in Athens

With our scrapes and bruises we boarded an overnight ferry, Santorini to Athens. While an overnight cruise on the Mediterranean may sound romantic, I can assure you that sleeping on the floor in between a row of airplane-like seats is far from idyllic. Waking up at 5:30am to cigarette smoke and crying babies, we began our venture into Athens. We dumped our big bags at the backpackers hostel, began recovering from the realization that it would cost 25 euro per person, per night to stay in a sweaty 8-person dorm (prior to this, the most we paid was 30 euro total per night for a private...

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Santorini – Getting A Scooter

Posted by on Jun 26, 2008 in Around the World, Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 9 comments

Santorini – Getting A Scooter

Santorini We were hoping to arrive in Santorini on a slow ferry during the day but due to high winds our mid-morning ferry was cancelled (which we didn’t realize until 1pm, we just thought it was two hours late). Luckily there was another boat going later, arriving at about 9:30pm (Greek ferry time = 10:45pm). We had a harder time dealing with the hotel touts here because we had an idea of where we wanted to stay (Perissa), how much we wanted to pay (about 20 euros) and what we wanted to get (wireless internet, a/c and ensuite) but the touts just wanted to pile us in their vans and...

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The Greek Islands – and Trying to Get A Scooter

Posted by on Jun 26, 2008 in Around the World, Europe & The Mid East, Greece | 1 comment

The Greek Islands – and Trying to Get A Scooter

Samos Our first impressions of Greece were coloured by the fact we arrived from Turkey on a Sunday. In Greece, well in Samos at least, everything is closed on Sunday. We also discovered that the next day was White Monday, a holiday. Turns out, everything is closed on holidays as well. We considered getting out of Samos as quickly as possible – likely to one of the more touristy islands where hopefully White Monday wouldn’t have the same effect, but we had already booked a hotel and left our passports with the manager while he was preparing the room so we considered ourselves...

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