Kos Effective!

Trip Start Nov 05, 2010
Trip End Mar 27, 2013

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Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Monday, May 14, 2012

By the time we arrived in Bodrum, we were itching to take a swim in the Aegean sea. Unfortunately while we were there, there were no good beaches around so we decided to take a break from the touristy town full of Russian gangs and head over to a chill island only one hour away by ferry called Kos- which is a part of the Dodecanese.  Apparently, Kos is one of the most popular Greek islands (after Rhodes). After hopping around in Turkey we thought it would be a good idea to just unwind and take a breather.

Lovely Leonidas
We found a studio apartment in the quieter part of town which was like finding a diamond in the rough.  It had everything we hoped for and more, a kıtchen, fridge, balcony, comfy bed and hot water.  İn the lobby there was free internet.  This was definitely our safe haven for the next 5 days. We loved this studio location so much we almost stayed a whole week!

Our studio type apartment was about 20 minute walk to the city centre.  There was a bicycle shop two streets away so we rented bikes for a few days to get around and explore the city.  Whats cool about the city was there seemed to be a never-endıng bike path that encircled the island. Ahhhh Sasha was in transport heaven! He loved riding his bike all over the city, up the hills to the ruins and wherever his two wheeler could take him.  Dasha enjoyed it too, especially using the bike lanes.  She was not used to riding her bike everywhere like she did in Kos.  She was excited to do more cycling in the future.

The Father of Medicine
No visit to Greece is complete without exploring the remnants of the classical antiquity. Kos was the island of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. A platane survived right at the centre of Kos town that was reportedly 2400 years old and the venerable doctor taught his pupils in its shade. It is believed to be the oldest tree in Greece with various branches supported by metal scaffolding for preservation. St. Paul preached under that tree as well. The tree was wider than the Baobabs of Bostwana. A short bike ride up the hill was the temple of Asclepius, the God of medicine. Springs that ran down the mountains had incredible healing properties when the temple was active. Listening to a Russian tour guide Sasha learned that currently the streams are used as sewage and drinking is not advised. Nevertheless, we felt great in Kos, thanks to the Divine presence of the Greek Gods ...and lots of biking and walking.

We covered a lot of ground in terms of seeing Kos highlights - the beaches, ruins, the town of Zia plus an island hoppıng tour.  On the downside, we missed out on some of the traditional Greek food like gyros and souvlaki due to our vegetarian preferences. If any of you have had Greek food or been invited to a Greek persons house you know all they eat is meat! Lamb doesnt count as a vegetarian alternative either.  To be fair, we tried eating at three different Greek taverns and the third one got the vegetarian dish right even though it was just some tomatoes, onions, and fries wrapped in a pita wıth tzaziki sauce.  Cookiıng our own meals was a way better option to our survival ın Greece! Without a kitchen we would be hungry and broke (as meals by the waterfront cost at least 20 Euros a plate for a chinzy portion)!!!

All and all; visiting this tourist bicycle town surpassed our expectations. It gave us all the vitamin D and warmth that we needed. We realized the Greek islands are all unique and have their own splendors that we decided to give island hopping another go!

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