Easy day in Athens
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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We were up fairly early to plan our days in Athens. We chatted with Sarah, a girl in the next bed and got a lot of useful info. We followed up with her at breakfast which was consisted of white or wheat breads, two flavors of jelly, a huge tub of Nutella, hard boiled eggs, tea and Greek coffee Nescafe style. We were anxious to plan our trips to the Greek Isands. We had read about the destinations, seen pictures, saw a few of the amazing postcards of the awesome beaches. But there was one problem. The weather was pretty chilly and the forecast was calling for heavy winds. Wind is the Achilles heal of the ferry system. We had heard the story that morning of three girls that went to Santorini only to find rain. They said they sat in their hotel for three days and waited for the ferry to start running again. Another option was to go to Istanbul. Asking around, we heard it was 18 hours each way. That is a long ride for 2 days in Turkey
After the tour we headed back to the hostel where we were informed that we were being moved to the 'studios'. A building a few blocks away that was renovated just a few weeks before. They told us we were lucky, but did not believe them until we walked in. This place was brand new. Each unit had a kitchen, living room, two balconies, its own bath and bedroom with six beds. We figured we could really cook something good w/a kitchen of our own so we headed out on a considerable hike to the store. Along the way we stopped off and invited our new friend Sarah to dinner. It took a while to reach the store, decide what we wanted and to head back.
Near the studio we ran into Sarah, Jen and another old roommate, Jeff. They obviously had a few drinks in them and needed some food. We told them to give us twenty minutes and meet us back at our place. As we turned to walk away we heard a loud horn. Looking back we saw Sarah standing about a foot away from a bus that had crossed her path. It was a close one. Back at the studio we found two new roommates; Janeen and Carolyn. These were two ladies that took a year to travel the world. They were ten months into it and had been to many places we were planning to visit. We bounced question after question off of them as I prepared dinner for all of us. Soon Sarah and Jeff arrived and we started with the local delicacy of stuffed grape leaves. These were excellent and three people asked me were I found these. They were all surprised to hear they were from a can that I found at the grocery strore. All I did was dump them out and arrange them on the plate. The main course was breaded fish and the rest of the pasta from the night before using some wine and black olives and some parmesan in the sauce. There were no complaints, but I thought the malatavi olives made it a little bitter. For dessert we had cheesecake cover in strawberries and some local Greek wine that Carolyn bought from Il Vitro (a little shop near the apt). We all chatted for some time and Sarah offered to clean up.