Crete: Rethymno

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

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

12.26.07 11:01 am

i hope everyone had a very filling and safe christmas. ours was quite unique.

as i said earlier we had to leave santorini on a ferry at 3:30 am, so ew decided not to sleep and just stay up until our ride took us to the port at 3. we loaded the ferry, and spread out and tried to sleep on the floor, which was almost impossible because it was freezing in the room where our seats were and we were trying to cram between rows of seats so we could lay down.

the ferry ride took about 5 hours. next we had to jump on a bus from sitia to iralkio, which is the main city in the center of the island of crete. this bus ride was 2.5 hours long, and was one of the worst travel experices i have ever had. i should have realized when behind every seat there was a plastic bag. this bus had to be going on the curviest roads on the planet. back and forth down and up these hills. we have named it 'puke bus' because of the fact that me, elliot, and several chinese people all made good use of the plastic bags throughout the trip.

once the ride on puke bus was over we had to wait a few hours to catch another bus from iralkio to rethymno, where we are now.

this place is quite unique from the other places we have been. mom you would love it. our hostel is in the middle of 'old town' where there is street after curving street of cobblestome walk ways lined with small shops and boutiques. we are near the old battery built in the 1600's to protect the village from pirates as well as a venetian harbour that is very picturesque.

we plan on exploring this town today and tomorrow then we have to figure out when and where we have to catch the overnight ferry back to athens.

hope all is well with everyone.
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