02.06.2010 - 07.06.2010 28 °C
So I arrived back in Maidenhead after cocking up the ticket system and having to fork out some extra pounds. If only I had been more assertive I might have got away with a free ride. Didn’t do much just relaxed after the crazy hectic-ness that is London. Spent too much money on things that I needed – camera battery, shoes. It seems I have expensive tastes though because blank page notebooks are almost impossible to find. Dinner out with Mark while Trish was on some phone call and then they kindly dropped me at Heathrow T5 at 10.30pm so I had just 8hrs to kill in departures before my flight. Slept fitfully on my luggage throughout the night, wrote some matlab code cos I was that fucking bored and eventually, despite all the warnings that unattended luggage would be destroyed, I had to go to the toilet. Checked in, boarded (late) and on my way to Athens.
Thurs 3/6 Landed in Athens and with the entire cities transport system on strike I had to take a taxi to the hostel in the centre of town. Taxis are cheap here but still it cost me 40euros. I did learn a thing or two from my taxi driver; about cocaine, prostitutes, and the general Grecian way of life. Laxed in the hostel for a bit and then went for a souvlaki (the first of many) with some of the other hostellers.
Fri 4/6 Walked up to the Acropolis and saw the Parthenon. Pretty amazing place and I struggled to get my head around the supreme age of the thing, especially when you see how pristine and almost complete they have it looking these days. Pretty hot day!! Walked back down thru Ancient Agora (ruins and museums it was to become something of a theme for the next few days), Hadrians Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, random stadium??. Also walked thru the market streets in Plaka and am now the owner of a genuine leather man bag because I was sack of always lugging round a backpack. Judge me if you like but its awesome so fuck ya. Spent the afternoon in the centre of town. Beach volleyball in Syntagma, the National Gardens, the funny men in pom poms and skirts, the Zappio … Headed into the Gazi area in the evening. You can buy beers from the corner stands and drink them on the street so we did that, got invited to a party with models, left before the models cos it was too expensive then went to a rooftop bar where the prices were even higher. Fail.
Sat 5/6 Sorted a ferry ticket to Santorini, walked Plaka region again, past Keremiakos (more ruins), National Archaeological Museum (free entry although I still don’t know why?), bits and pieces around the hostel including finding the best chocolate cake ever!!! €2 for a massive piece and it was incredible. Unhealthy I know but it made me want to go for a run just so I could deserve another piece. Realised while packing my bag that I have too much stuff and so have to deal with that at some point. Late to bed because I have an early start and I know that doesn’t make sense but I’m on the other side of the world so it sort of does.?
Sun 6/6 Onboard and Santorini bound. 8hrs stuck on a boat with very little to do and apparently not enough money to spend. So I slept. And listened to my iPod. Got here tho and the hostel is pretty sweet. Not many others here but plenty to see and do. Walked along the beach and then back to the hostel. Sun, parties, sand, beer,… It really is an island paradise and I like it quite a lot.
Mon 7/6 Went for a walk this morning. Grew into a bit of a hike tho. Got some great views around the caldera of Santorini and then climbed to the islands high point and got some even better 360deg views of the entire island. Wwll worth the climb. Back down the beach for a swim and then I am writing this now as midnight ticks over after a beer with dinner a then a few more after! God I love life.