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Published: August 6th 2007
After Varanasi we spent a few days in Kolkatta, and a few hours in the early Monsoon rain.
Here's what our last few days in India entailed transport-wise:
Two 12 hour train trips, on of which was delayed for 5 hours. A 3 hour wait at the airport in Kolkatta (but I did meet the whole national malaysian football team which was a bonus!) Then a 4 hour flight to Bangkok followed by a 19 hour (yes, 19!) wait at Bangkok airport, followed by a 12 hour flight to Zurich. We really did need our $10 showers when we arrived in Switzerland!
We looked at flight deals within europe & booked ourselves on one to Crete that left a few hours later - rather spontaneous, but we definately didn't regret it.
After hiring a car, Janine spent a good few hours learning to drive on the right, well wrong, side of the road again! We ended up sleeping in the car next the ruins of an old church. A terrible sleep! And we didn't realisethat we'd parked in the middle of a driveway to a huge mansion until the morning. We drove all the way
to the other side of the island when we woke up, only to find - once we'd got there of course - that Janine was missing her money belt with travellers cheques, passport & flight tickets. After a brief visit to the local policestation - they were useless! Apparently they "couldn't" even call the policestation in the main city of Crete to find out whether anything had been handed in, we drove all the way back to the other side of the lsland to pick them up.
is an old hippy hangout from way back - they used to sleep in the caves in the cliff towering up at the end of the beach, which used to be tombs. When local police tried to have them evicted they just kept relocating to higher caves! I've got some pics from Matala on the laptop but haven't downloaded them on here so you'll have to use your imagination!
was probably our favourtie place on the Island despite waking up to a mans face pressed against our window near midnight - I suppose every town has its peeping toms, even when the population is less than 50! It's a tiny seaside
Looks can be decieving
Thanks to these jagged wee things I temporarily lost my running parnter while she nursed her poor ankle
village on the east coast not very much near anywhere. There's a bigger town, which still has less than 1000 people around 8km up a gorge known as "the Valley of the Dead". We did 3 good walks in the area - there are plently of gorges & coastal routes to choose from, but most are marked terribly. In fact, one was marked so bad that we ended up doing a small detour from the correct route & climbing an entirely different mountain! There are red dots on rocks marking the way, but most of them are very faded & some are on tiny rocks that can roll all over the place or become obscured by growing bushes. Sometimes it took about 5 minutes to spot the next one before we could move on.
Being the second most popular tourist spot in the whole of Crete (after the archaeological site of knossos) It was suitably crowded. For a 4-7 hour walk it was hilarious to see how many jandals, chucks, little heels, strings of pearls & dresses other walkers were wearing. Needless to say I took great delight in watching them all slip about, while I zoomed on
in my less-trendly bright orange eagle trail shoes.. The first half hour was really frustrating - we must have passed about 200 people. The gorge itself is beautiful & the refreshing dip in the sea at the end was much appreciated!
My mission to find a rich greek shipping tycoon was unsuccessful..better luck next time maybe.
We arrived in Switzerland on the 14th June & spent a few days at my Aunties place on Bodensee (a huge lake on the border between Switzerland & Germany).
Being the queen of spontaneous, Janine applied for a job on the 15th & left to start working on the 17th. She'll be near Lausanne (in the French speaking part of Switzerland) for about 6 weeks, then will find another job somewhere in Europe.
I've just spent a few days with Fabby in St. Gallen & at her place near Luzern, but I'm heading back to Kandersteg this evening & will start working there in 1 week.
Hope everyone is having fun & that life is treating you well!
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