Traveling to Korinthos
Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
9Trip End Jan 23, 2010
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After a slightly more edible breakfast than yesterday we packed up our gear and headed for the bus
Once back in Patra we headed towards the bus station that we had walked past on our way in. We stopped at a grocery store to stock up in case there wasn’t anything open in Kineta and after getting screwed time and time again on getting groceries we were getting frustrated. The packs were also comfy enough that we were fine with adding more weight to them without worrying too much. While in there we had put our packs at the front door and while in the back area heard someone say "Who’s from Canada" and the store owner pointed to the back. An amazing lady came over to us and asked if we were from Canada and explained that she had just got back from 8 months there. Having a lot of problems shopping due to the Greek language we asked if she could speak Greek and said yes very well
Loaded up and ready to go we hit the bus station and got some tickets to Korinthos. It was a fairly nice bus ride with some gorgeous scenery but we got really confused when we got dropped off in Isthmus instead of Korinthos. We were so turned around and no idea where we were and no maps in sight we started to panic a bit. It was already 3:00 and light was starting to fade and not even knowing what direction to walk to get to the canal our plan had fallen to shambles. Disheartened and confused we went back into the bus station to pick up some tickets to Kineta. The ticket lady was incredibly rude and started actually screaming at us. We were trying to ask her where we were but she just got mad and kept yelling louder and louder “Where do you want to go?” Completely appalled we gave up and just said Kineta and got our tickets
Once the bus departed we drove over the canal which turns out was no more than 1km from the bus station. If we had of just walked in what we thought was the right direction we would have been able to see it but not being able to triangulate our location we didn’t want to risk it at the time. As it turns out Isthmus is a suburb just east of Korinthos. Our plan was to get dropped and walk to the canal but turns out the bus actually took us to where we were going to walk to but due to the fact that every city has about 3-4 names we didn’t realize we were there
Finally making it to the campsite we headed in and met who would become our best friend ever. The owner of the site was an elderly chap and was actually about to close the gate so we just got there in time. It was €17 for the night and we paid and trekked off to set up our tent. While setting it up he came walking over and asked if we were hungry. We replied with we were starving and about to cook but he said don’t bother as he made too much for himself and to come back to reception after setting up the tent to eat at no extra cost. We couldn’t believe our ears and showered him in “thank yous” as we quickly set up the tent and headed back. We were presented with a homemade bean recipe, a rice soup, wine, and fresh bread. It was the most glorious moment of my life as we had a hot, home cooked, multicourse meal sitting in front of us for FREE! It was absolutely delicious and his English was so-so but we kept a basic conversation going
Fully stuffed and on cloud nine we headed outside and wandered down to the beach. It wasn’t much but looking up at the stars with the waves crashing in after a home cooked meal; we were pretty sure we had died and gone to heaven. Heading back to the camp we played some cards at the patio area trying out a new game we had learned and eventually headed back to the tent. I looked over nearby and counted at one point 9 cats running about. Still can’t get over how there are cats and dogs just living all over the place but still taken care of; almost like community pets I guess. Crawling into the tent after the best meal of our lives we dozed off quickly with full stomachs and then some.