Kalymnos. We live here.
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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Lee: Little plane, little peanuts, little airport. That's all I remember.
Sam: I hate little planes, they scare the hell out of me, however; I was very impressed with Olympic Air's new fleet!
Feeling under the weather
Sam: We arrived in Kalymnos in the afternoon, with no accommodation booked. We feel so comfortable here now, we simply jumped in a taxi and went straight to our friends at Fatolitis Snack Bar. They welcomed us with open arms and a drink. Finding a studio to stay in was not a problem, it is very quiet here at the moment. In fact, the studios have the keys in the door, so you just help yourself (and let someone know later)... love the honesty system. Unfortunately I have caught a cold on one of our flights and have zero energy
"We're off!" she yells
Sam: Day two, we decide to keep the scooter and go into town to get some food. I was still feeling under the weather, but decided some fresh air would do me the world of good.... I really should have stayed in bed... =)
Lee: So I was driving the scooter with much precision down a road Top Gear will no doubt one day feature (awesome downhill hairpins) when a spot of slippery bitumen caused us to exit the scooter somewhat. I lost one wife and some groceries. Thankfully, the groceries were rescued unharmed. The wife ended up staying upright, albeit in the splits, and now complains of a strained groin.
The search for calamari
Lee: It's still very quiet. If it was a ski resort they'd call it 'shoulder season'. The April/May season is just beginning to ramp up, with more climbers coming to the island each day. Many restaurants are still closed, but more are opening and within a few weeks, I'd expect most everything to be open and bustling
Moving up in the world
Lee: Because we know so many of the proprietors here, and it's a small town, it becomes a bit of a juggling act to keep on everyone's good side. If you stay in that studio, that's owned by his cousin, and he hates that cousin, so you can't stay there. The studios are funny things. They're all much the same, all cost much the same and are all competing for the same market. I still don't understand why they don't renovate some and charge more. There's one or two exceptions though. One being (drum roll...) the Plaza. This big hotel caters for rich fat tourists, rather than poor skinny climbers. When we arrived they were shut, but have opened now for Greek Easter (BIG celebrations and influx of Greeks). I told Sam if she could talk them down on the price a certain amount, I'd agree to it. So she flicked her hair and we now have wifi in our room. Tops.
Sam: Lee forgot to mention that the Plaza is built on top of a climbing shop! Yesterday, he visited the shop three times (once at 9am, once at 6pm and once after dinner). When I asked him why he kept going there, he said he had to check if they had received any new stock since his last visit
Oh yeah, we've been doing a bit of climbing too!
Sam: I should mention the fact that we have had three days climbing now. Of course, they have all been spectacular. We have visited our favourite sectors and travelled to some new ones (with varied success). So far, Lee has done about 14 routes and I have done about six.
One of the new sectors we visited involved a 35 min walk covering some amazing terrain. Unfortunately when we got there, the climbing was not that great (well, not compared to what else is on offer here). After doing just one route here, we walked back to our scooter which was parked at the top of a lookout. Unfortunately it was then that we discovered that this lookout doubles as the "parking" area for the local couples wanting some private time. Oooops!