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Trip Start May 29, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

So let's listen to this (dad, you will appreciate this)...I am laying on the beach in Ios (as you do here) and a girl (Simone) comes and layes nearby and I could tell she was a lone traveller as well, so we got chatting. She's a aussie, so of course we hit it off. We decided to have dinner that night together and she kept talking about her two girlfriends that were coming down to Mykonos to meet her in a couple weeks. I got curious and asked their names...TURNS OUT, one of them is MEG BURNS (i.e. one of my bestest friends from the delawana last summer)...we both freaked out at the chances of this and have then on been spending all our time together! INSANE!

So anyhow, Santorini was incredible. Nothing less. I absolutely loved it there. My hostel was a dream, all white and blue with a pool outside my window. My one full day there I did a day trip where you get to go to the volcano, these hot springs, another island and then to Oia to see the famous sunset. It was a fantastic day! I ended up hooking up with 4 other travellers (all new yorkers) and we formed our little santorini family. It was great day, the volcano was pretty awesome, the hot springs were more like a mud bath, but fun nonetheless, and we even rode donkeys up the mountain in Oia (note to all of you out there, it's not as much fun as you think, especially when your donkey decides to pass another one and you feel as though you may be thrown off the jagged cliff any second...) ANYWAYS, the sunset in Oia was really breathtaking, and pretty hilarious to see alllll the people gather there. That evening I was all prepped to go out on the town with the crew, but grew violently ill from some bad souvlaki...not the greatest way to spend my last night in the island of bliss...

Yesterday I arrived in Ios and was quickly bused over to Far Out Camping...Good lord this place is insane. My tent leaves much to be desired, but what can you expect. It's a great place, right in front of the beach, a couple pools and lots of young people. So last night Simone and I had some mexican food for dinner, then strangly got stranded at the restaurant for a few hours as we found ourselves in the middle of this memorial gathering for an employee who had passed away...very sad, and very awkward for us as we didn't have the heart to ask for the bill nor get up and leave...definitely an odd night.

Today we hit up the pool, talked to some aussies (who were still hitting the vodka at 11am - oh ios) then set out on a "canoe safari." all I have to say is good times! There were about 15 of us all in kayaks and we paddles through the wind to these rocks you can jump off and barbecued, sun tanned, snorkeled and listened to some good tunes in the sun. It was a fantastic day! Tonight will likely be slightly low key...partying until 6am with a bunch of americans I don't know isn't my cup of tea at the moment, so I'm leaving two days earlier than expected and Simone and I are taking off tomorrow morning for another island.

so there you have it! the adventures continue, the stories get stranger and stranger, and I think I have reached my maximum tanning potential in western europe...turkey, bring it on!
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