We set sail, well ferry, across from Turkey to Greece to Samos. So close to Turkey that you can almost swim across at some points and the Greeks have guns lining the shores to keep the Turks away. Those Greeks still love the Turks!!
On the ferry we ran into people we had met in Instabul who were travelling from Oz for a year, who became our travelling companions for our time in the Greek Islands.
After arriving in Samos we were greeted by an Aussie fella who helped us out with a place to stay, close to the beach. Nice !!(which is to be said like Borat!) It was now time to spend more time relaxing on the beach and enjoying the great weather. We, well Dave, tried his hand at driving a European car around the island. He did a very good job i must say, after a while. 5 of us in a wee little car hooning around the island getting lost. We went in search of a waterfall, which, after a nice hike we discovered that you need to swim to the shitty thing. We were told it was crap so decided against that one. We
then cruised the island looking for the statue of Pythagorus, mathmatical stuff, and instead stumbled across a LIDL!!! a very cheap supermarket. We bought as much crap and booze as we could carry!!!
Our time in Samos was awesome. Days enjoying the sun and Gyros (Greek Kebabs), and nights doing something a little out of the ordinary, Drinking!!!
Our next island was the beautiful island of Mykonos. The arrived to be advised that the island would be crammed with 50,000 Greek students this week and accommodation was extremely tight. We were sweet though and had a cosy round room which the 5 of us shared. The weather wasnt so welcoming for us in Mykonos and it wasnt until our last day that the sun came out. In between the rain we explored the tiny street of Mykonos town. Kerrie could have bought everything but the backpack was heavy enough as it was, so no!! Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!!! Our second day involved us staying in our room the entire day as it poured down with rain the entire day. then we discovered some crazy people running around in the rain and the guys thought it was a good idea to go
and do the same thing. So in the thunderstorm they ran around and Brook and i watched. It was then we discovered there was a massive party at the bar as a Contiki bus was there. We had been sitting in our room all day and there was a party going on just around the corner!! After a brief rescue mission of our Wilson, our beloved ball, by Trent, we joined the party. The rescue mission involved Trent swimming after the ball that was being blown out to sea by the gale force winds and then Trent himself having to be pretty much rescued as he ended up about a km out to sea. oopsy. After warming up we then joined some crazy Greek students and danced the night away.
The next day it was on to THE Party island of Ios. Well so we were told. We were in the lead up to the peak season so it wasnt as crazy as it gets in the peak season. When the ferry pulled up we were swamped by people who were trying to get us to stay at their hotels but we settled on Far Out Beach Club simply because
it was at the beach. And it was a beach with sand, not rocks, very exciting!!!
Our days were once again taken up by drinking, eating and trying to sunbake. (it was bloody cloudy as usual). We found an awesome Thai restaurant owned by an english woman. We graced the place with our drunken presence for an evening and had one of the best feeds EVER!! Our few days in Ios were awesome but it was time to move onto the final island, Santorini.
Santorini is a volcanic island and as you approach on the ferry you are met with sheer cliffs with gorgeous towns perched on top. Once off the ferry you are met with the usual crowds, although they were a lot worse in Santorini. We found our hotel of choice and it was then time to make the climb up the cliff on the bus. About 15 of us crammed into a little bus with all of our bags, zig zagging our way up the cliff and carefully avoiding the other bigger buses coming down the hill!! The zig zagging lasted about 15 minutes until we were at the top and cruised to our hotel. We were
staying at Perissa Beach which is a black sand beach and beautiful. We were starving on arrival and quickly made our way to a bowl of pasta!! No gyros for a change!!!
Jeremy and Brooke new people that were in Santorini at the same time so there was a huge group of us to keep all entertained.
On day one, Dave and I hired a quad bike and cruised around the island. The bike was the slowest thing EVER but it was a great way to get around. We explored Thira, the main town, and Oia. Oia was the pretty town and used in all the photos you see of the Greek Islands. As you can probably see.
The weather wasnt the best behaved in Santorini and while there we missed out on last minute sunbaking and the infamous Santorini sunsets, supposedly the best sunset you could ever see!!! Pity we couldnt see the sun!!!
Day 2 we were greeted by the crappy rain again and we were couped up inside for the day. At least this time we had movies to keep us entertained!!!
It was then time for us to leave our new found friends and make our
Brooke, Dave, Jeremy and Trent
way back to London via Athens for the night.
We intentionally only gave a night to visit Athens as we were told it wasnt very exciting. We got there and cruised up to the amazing Acropolis, explored the streets and tried to dodge all the bloody tourists, even though we were bloddy tourists. There were thousands of tourists everywhere!! Next morning we boarded the plane and headed back to reality to our temporary home of London!!
Back at work 2 days later and it didnt even feel like I had been anywhere. At least I had a bit of a tan to remind me of the trip!!
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