Date İsland

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Monday, June 29, 2009

Sarah, Brittany, and Kelly got off the ferry ride from hell in Kos. Between the dead guy at the top of the staİrs, sleeping on a hard wooden floor, and the officers of the ship threatenıng to send us to the smoky sleeping bag area, we were all ready to get off the ferry.  We had all originally planned to go to Rhodes, but because Greece had eaten up so much of our money, Sarah Kelly nd Brittany decided to go to Turkey early.  Jon had a flight out of Rhodes on the 27th, so Lindsey went on with him for another budget bustıng island.

Jon, being the nice generous boyfriend that he is, splurged on accommodations that weren't a pile of sticks with mesh thrown over it. We arrived in Rhodes at 8 am exhausted and made our way, or what we thought was the way, to Apollo Guest house. İt was supposedly an eleven minute walk. An hour and a few wrong turns later we turned up on the doorstep looking like sweaty homeless ragamuffins.

After taking our first shower in a few days, we decided to to go take a look around. Rhodes i much different than every island we had been. We were staying in the old city, which is enclosed on all sides by tall fortress walls and a moat. The cobblestone streets are small and windy and have a very medieval feeling. We walked to the castle and around Knights Lane for a few hours before deciding it was time for a siesta, which after the night before ended up being 5 hours.

Brittany's lonely planet book suggested a place for Greek dancing lessons, and we decided to go because Lindsey was determined to dance in a circle before she left Greece. When we arrived atthe address all we found was a rundown dilapitated gate and a ticket office that had been overgrown with vines. We settled for Greek food and live music before calling it an early night.

We were staying at a bed and breakfast, and Tom would be happy to know they actually did serve breakfast. We had a pretty low key day and ran a few errands. Lindsey had to get her ferry ticket and Jon picked up his laundry. Ahh to actually put on clean clothes must be nice, maybe in turkey the rest of us can experience such a luxury.

We ventured into New Town and went to the acropolis of Rodos. It was pretty much like every other ruin we have been seeing for 3 weeks, another pile of rocks. We took a pic of our honorary Greek poses, but it just wasn't the same without Sarah, Brit, and Kelly.

Again we looked to lonely planet for some lunch advice and once again it directed us to locations that were boarded up and looked as though they had been abandoned for years. Damn Lonely Planet.

That night we went out for the first time since the bloody destruction of Ios. Still too cheap to actually go in bars, we made our way to the beach. We had out the bottle of Citron that we had purchased at the distillery in Naxos. We mixed them with sprite and it made a delicious concoction. We made our way to "bar street" and soon realized the door whores were much more intense than those on Ios. At one point they had me corned on all sides shouting their drink deals at me. We settled on the bars with the cheapest drinks (and probably that same grain alcohol that made Sarah hallucinate) it soon became clear that we were the oldest by a good 5 years. The average age of all the other bar goers was 15-16. We went to a few more bars in whıch they were all strangely playıng the Grease medley. We went into one bar that lured us in wıth karaoke, but after we put ın our request to sing Mr Jones we looked around and realızed the goth bar that we had walked ınto probably would not have appreciated our best singing efforts.

The next day was our last full day together before Jon took off for İndia and Lındsey went to go meet up wıth the rest of the girls in Turkey. It was also they day that Micheal Jackson died whıch greatly upset the english women Maggie who owned the hotel we were stayıng at. She was apparently a big fan.  Our waiter at lunch, however clearly wasn`t a big fan, and had some great insight about hıs death. Some actual quotes: "He was 50 now he is nothıng " or "He die lıke dog,  İ dont know maybe like pig, İ dont know how pig die."

We spent the rest of the day, in mourning obvıously, walking on the walls on the old city and around the moat. We went out to watch the sunset before our last date night dinner.

Glums and Glows
Glum: Sad to leave Jon and that Sarah Brittany and Kelly were not there to enjoy the 15 year old boys
Glow: Eating Greek Food that wasn`t a Gyro

Glum Last Greek İsland (and his blog continues to be crappy)
Glow: Date İsland\ Castle themed old city

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sendkelly on

wait, rhodes had ruins? i'm so upset i missed this island.

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