Kalymnos. We live here.

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Plaza Hotel

Flag of Greece  , South Aegean,
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Getting here
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. I spent our first full day here in bed trying to recover while Lee hired a scooter and explored some new sectors. 
"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. So we're going to our old haunts and reacquainting our tastebuds with the delights of the local cuisine, which is as good as the climbing here.
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! 
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Aza and Lars on

Ha ha, I know this hairpin you speak of. It's a tight right going downhill? We may have had a similar incident there ourselves ;-)

Duncan on

Greta read as usual

Duncan on

I suck at typing - Great read

Dave on

Thank goodness the groceries were OK

Lee on

Yes Azza, the tighty righty. How did you guess?

neil on

great read guys great to see u guys r settling in.. the scooter ride sounds a hoot u know me i prob would have ran the bloody thing off the road knowin my luck lol.. well guys keep us poasted cant wait for the next read.. ps already startin to get jellious ha ha ha ha catch ya..

Michelle Macwhirter on

Haha, you guys are so entertaining!! I love that you lost 'one wife and some groceries' Lee - classic. Hope you guys keep enjoying yourselves! Dose up on echinacea Sammi!

Mum on

I'm glad you're both OK - love the photos - Steve's attempting to hook up so we can chat online - keep writing - love you both xx

Julie and Col on

Hi Guys, just read your very entertaining story, have just sent you another tale of our National Lampoons vacation in Ireland, god I love Australia.

Dad on

Oh Boy do I wish I was with you guys. You sure are having a great time. Love the description of the climbs they sound fantastic.
Enjoy every second of every day.
Keep sending the blogs as it is so lovely following your adventure.
Love Dad

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