Lightening and rain on the greek islands
Trip Start Sep 08, 2006
27Trip End Dec 16, 2006
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On Santorini I met up with this great bunch of people (there are six of us altogether), and we decided to travel to Crete together. Unfortunately, the only ferry that was available left at 4:30 in the morning... We got everything packed up at around 11:30pm, and thanks to some quicktalkiong by the hostel staff (kind creepy British guy), a local took us down to the port for a fraction of the cost of catching a taxi. But since we got to the port around midnight, we had to wait around for a few hours before the ferry got there
After taking the overnight ferry to the port of Iraklion, we emerged dazed and confused as to whether we should stay in Iraklion or continue on to Rethymno for the day. A fellow in Perissa (on Santorini) by the name of Chris warned us about the hostel in Iraklion, he said it was grubby and that the staff weren't so friendly, but that there was a much nicer hostel in Rethymno that was just a half-hours bus ride away. So armed with this information we got an early morning bus over to Rethymno and walked from the bus stop to the old town, which is not only where the hostel is located, but also is the most touristed area of the city. This is both a good and bad thing, because although there are lots of great restaurants and bars around, it was also packed with tourists during the evening hours. I really didn't do alot there, just wandered around and got some gifts for people back home (Mia, I got you something pretty neat), but after the sun set our little group decided to have some fun. The first night we stayed there everyone was too exhausted from the ferry to do anything, so the second night was decided to be party night. THe hostel has this rule that no outside liquor can be brought in, but since Raki is sold in clear waterbottles (Raki is the ethnic drink of choice among Cretans, and it is really something else. You could strip paint with this stuff, but since it's clear it looks just like water so the hostel manager didn't know)
Afterwards, when we were walking home, we ran into two Norwegians that had apparently been at the same club and thought Mike was the coolest thing ever. WE went to a nearby park together and just hung out for an hour talking, until some of the guys went to make phone-calls home. While they were doing this and everyone was distracted, the Norwegian guy somehow managed to climb the tree (which no one saw him do), and then when we regrouped he lost his footing and fell out
Okay, that was alot of writing, but there's even more! I don't want to make two entries for Crete, so it's all getting jammed into one.
Well, after the fun time we had in Rethymno, I was ready to head down to Plakias (which is a small town on the South Coast of Crete), to relaxed for a few days. We caught the bus on Mon 9th (i think), and arrived at Plakias the same day. The hostel here really is fabulous, it has more the vibe of a summer camp then of a youth hostel. THere are lots of older germans who apparently returned here year after year, always with the same people that they've met from previous trips. The first day was great, it was hot and sunny and everyone was sprawled out in the grass playing guitar and drums (it seems that everyone is this group is absurding creative, which manifests itself in either sculpture(Ben), Acting (rama), or music (Mike, and Ashley)). Some of the guys have really good voices, and both Mike and Ashley are in bands back home, which lead to some awesome late-night jam sessions on the hostel balcony
After those first 2 days, however, the weather got nasty (as previously described, so i won't do it again), and we've been getting more and mreo anxious to leave Crete. I think that everyone is taking the ferry back to Athens on Tuesday and then splitting up from there, but i'm sure that we will all swap emails and stay in touch.
There are other stories that have taken place within this time frame, so check back to this entry in the next few days and i will put more stuff on, but right now i'm tired of typing!