Trip Start Mar 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Upon arriving at the villa, we immediately saw Hilary and Trevor, the two who recommended us to go to Santorini on the first night. We all went out to dinner in the evening where I ate a very cold and disappointing moussaka.

Sunday was a good day. We hired out quad-bikes and traversed the entire island. First south so we could see the black sand beaches. Here I got a very nice tan but only on my face unfortunately. After this I got to ride a quad-bike for only the second time in my life. At first I was hesitant, but became a pro in about 90 seconds. I doubt there are better feelings then driving 30 m/p/h in a quad-bike, up and down the Santorini coast in the basking sun. Later we found some warm water water off the coast and did some cliff jumping into the Aegan Sea. We finished the day by watching the sunset from the northern town of Oia, supposedly the best sunset spot in the world.

The next day we explored the main town of Fira, and then the old port. It's a really steep trek to get back to the top from the port so we took donkeys up which was more fun then I was expecting. The others had decided that they were going to get the next ferry to Ios. I wanted to go to Crete, but as there were no reliable ferries going there, I was to get a ferry to Kos and then onto Bodrum, Turkey.

Tuesday morning I said farewell to the others and swiftly headed to the old port so that I could catch my boat to visit the volcano island and the hot springs. If a volcano island sounds too excitýng to be a reality then you'd be right, more like a 'predominantly igneous rock' island. And being March, it was more like 'lukewarm in patches' spring. Nonetheless, I got to meet another group of Americans. It was St.Patrick's day so we headed down to the only Irish pub on the island and paid extortionate prýces for drinks, even if it was 2-4-1 cocktails. Just as I was about to leave, a combination of heavy rain and a lack of drainage system on the island nearly prevented me from catchýng my midnight ferry. I caught it, albeit very wet.
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