Trip Start Dec 15, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Friday, December 21, 2007

yesterday morning was quite a trip, but we made it here to santorini.

i guess i should have remembered mine and durham's travel advice from our dutch friend saskia that 'it will all work out and you shouldn't worry about anything'.

we got on the wrong subway train and thought that we were going to miss our make a really long and stressful story that i dont feel like typing short...turned out the ferry was delayed because of the wind and a beautiful girl working the counter at the company let us sit in the hallway while we waited for 4 hours for the port police to make a decision whether or not boats could leave. the boat left and we made it here about 9 hours past when we should have, but the man and woman that run the place we are staying were still there waiting to pick us up. needless to say it was great to see them.

this is for any of the nerds that i am in class with that are reading this....

woman that runs our hostel, poppy, was headed to athens to the hospital. she told me that she 'had a problem with her blood and bones' and she had to go to athens to get it seen about all the time. a woman, from a greek island (in the mediterraean) with blood and bone problems. sound familair?? i guess we are learning something. jabber would be proud.

ok enough of that.

 plan on renting a scooter tomorrow and taking it all over this island for my birthday.

ps-to kelly and lauren-got your emails. i have been deleting every email that i get that says 'grade posted' i will take your word that we are good. merry christmas.

12.22.07  7:54 PM

well we were not able to rent scooters like we planned. it is the off season so almost nothing is open, and the one place that was open told us that we needed a scooter liscense to ride or else we would get in trouble by the police. in three days i have only seen one cop on this whole island, and that was in the meat line at the supermarket.

it wasn't a big deal though we caught a bus for 1.20 to the northern part of the island, a town called oia. well they call it another 'town' but it really is just more houses on a cliff facing a different direction about 8 miles from here.

going to oia made our whole trip worth it. forget that it is my birthday. the weather was perfect, not too cold.......the owner of the hostel just handed me a bottle of homemade wine for my birthday. good people......anyway the weather was perfect and every picture we took seemed better than the one before. again, it is cliche, but we really can't describe it. anna says 'come to santorini where everyone is photogenic.' haha she even looked at me when we were standing on the cliff and said 'if i really let myself right now i could cry becuase this is so amazing.'

we did some research and the boats only leave for crete, our next stop, on tuesdays, fridays, and saturdays. so, unfortunatley we will be traveling early in the morning on christmas day, but we think it will be worth it to spend the last leg of the trip in rethymno.

thanks for all the birthday wishes. so far it has been an amazing 24th.


the past two days have been very chill. yesterday we caught a bus from our hostel to kamari, which is a 'town' about 10 mins from here with a black sand beach. apparently it is the place to be in the summer, but yesterday (and all winter) it was an absolute ghost town. literally, we were the only people there. shops, resturants, hotels all along the beach were padlocked with signs that said 'closed have a nice winter.' luckily there was one nice cafe open so we had lunch near the beach.

last night 4 people from canada and 2 guys who are in their last semester at the naval academy checked in to our hostel, so we all decided to take a boat tour of a volcano that is very near here. the guy that runs our hostel was 90% sure that the tour would be running this morning, but of course it wasn't. to get to where we thought it would be we had to walk down to the old port of the town, which is at the bottom of 588 steps, and we had to walk about 25 mins from our hostel just to get to where we began to make the descent. needless to say when the boat didn't come and we realized that we had to turn around and walk right back up, no one was very thrilled. it turned out good though we made some friends and got to take more good pictures.

amazingly the guy who runs this place is willing to drive us to the port to catch our ferry to rethymno at 3 am on christmas day. talk about hospitality.

we probably will not be around a computer tomorrow bc we have to catch a ferry and several busses to get where we plan on ending up, so this is wishing everyone...our families and everyone who is reading this...a very jolly christmas.

and happy birthday to my mom.
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