Yiamas! Cheers!

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday we played tourist while Marya went to class. It was a beautiful sunny day that was perfect for wandering through the old town, visiting shops and sampling some homemade gelato. As is so often the case here the daytime is just time to fill until it gets dark, then the real fun begins. We had a late dinner at a restaurant on the harbor that Marya recommended which served Greek style tapas. I'm not exaggerating when I say this was one of my favorite meals of all time. Della and I shared tzaziki, zucchini cakes, mixed pies (filled with spinach, onions and mzithra cheese), and pork souvlaki with honey. Combine this with some white wine and the live music and it amounted to one of the best nights I can remember. Marya joined us later on and we tried another new local liquor, rakomelo. This is a version of raki that is flavored with honey, cinnamon and cloves. It has a sweet aftertaste that makes it much too easy to drink. After we said goodbye to the restaurant Marya took us to a local bar which plays traditional Cretan music. Each round of raki was served with a small snack on the house and a chat with the owner who was very friendly. Daniel met us here and spending some time listening to the music we moved on just down the road to an area with several places in a row that was filled with outside patio tables. We joined a group of about 10 Erasmus students from all over Europe that Daniel knew and we drank rakomelo with them until almost 3 in the morning (and still left before the bar closed).

After doing our best to sleep off the fun from the night before, we got up today and made our way back into town to buy our ferry tickets to Athens. We will leave tonight on an overnight ferry, arriving in Greece’s capital early tomorrow morning. The streets were flooded today with tourists speaking more English than we have heard since we arrived here. We soon realized that a cruise ship had docked and unloaded its passengers for the day. We left the busy streets for a little while to visit the archaeological museum, where we took in 5,000 years of Cretan history. Many of the artifacts that were on display were found right here in downtown Chania over the past 100 years. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to be in a city that is still inhabited after such a long period of time. We’re packing up again now, preparing to say goodbye to Marya and Chania and get back on another boat… just one more stop before the good old USA!
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