From Syros, I decided to take a long ferry ride over to Rhodes in the Dodecanese Islands
. Rhodes interested me because it has a part of town (aptly called the Old Town) that is completely enclosed by a wall. When I arrived in Rhodes Town, I was met at the port by a friendly woman who was ready to give me a place to stay, at a price. We negotiated after I got a free ride into Old Town and I decided to stay there for my next two nights in Rhodes. I spent my time in Rhodes getting lost in Old Town, relaxing on another beach, and at Trinton Holiday agency where it took some time booking my next hotel in Kos but I was rewarded with some great service from the workers there.
After a short ferry to Kos, I arrive at the hotel and began my stay in Kos Town. I rented a bike one of the days and peddled around island (it ıs described as a smaller version of Rhodes, complete with its own castle). I also took a day trip to Nysoros and island that is home to a dormant valcano. Pretty cool. I really enjoyed Kos and would love to go back and make it a jumping off point for another island tour in the very distant future.
Three days gone by, I took a short ferry to Bodrum Turkey where I met some very friendly employees of the local bus company before traveling by night bus to Istanbul to complete my Greek adventure.
So after my quick and eventful stay through Athens, it was time to hit the beaches and relax. My first stop was the island of Syros, part of the group of islands know as the Cyclades close to Athens coast. After a short ferry ride in which I talked with a nice Greece woman who now lives in Toranto and insisted on calling instanbul constantinople, I made my way to my pension I prebooked online. Unfortanetly, I thought the pension was in a different part of the island, took the wrong bus stop and had an interesting conversation with a woman who helped me contact the pension for pickup. Michael, the owner of the pension, was great. He spent the ride to his place telling me about his favorite soccer players and how he so much enjoys German soccer (because the play hard). My short stay in Syros was spent relaxing on the nearby beach and drinking and eating with Michael and some of his other guests.