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Trip Start Apr 25, 2008
Trip End Dec 17, 2008

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Well some funny stories since our last post;

While in Athens on our way to Delphi (AWAY from the earthquake which was about to happen) we took the train to some suburb out in the sticks of Athens to catch a bus to Delphi. So we get off the train and have no idea where to go. Lisa asked some guy in English where to go and he told us in Greek he has no idea... I nearly got eaten by a big stray dog, and we wandered the streets which all looked exactly the same with their high density apartments. We were setting a cracking pace which was lucky because when we finally found the bus station (also in the middle of nowhere) it was leaving in mere seconds. We were told to get on the bus and amid a lot of confusion.they threw our bags into the storage. But we didn't have a ticket... My mind was exploring all the possibilities. a) we were getting a free ride (unlikely). b) they were going to try and extort us and the far end for thousands of euros (maybe). c) the bas wasn't going to the right place (very likely). Well anyway it turns out they sell tickets on the bus and it was all legit... how boring.

Delphi was great and they ruins were better than Athens (less "restored")

THEN after going to Delphi we went to Meteora to see the monasties on the mountains. We got on the first bus in Delphi to change at a town 15 mins later. Then we got to another town about an hour and a half later to be told we had to change again to a bus leaving NOW, and buy more tickets. Its ok though because we'll put your bags on the new bus while you go inside to get your tickets. While buying tickets the bus leaves. A frenzy of greek and broken english, and a phone call later and its back. Then when we finished that trip we had to buy another ticket for another 1/2 hour bus ride to our destination, which was a town 5kms from the monastries. Our 4th bus ride ended and we got into town and had to find accommodation. We had called some place earlier, so headed there. They wanted 50 euros, and I said TOO MUCH I want 35 euros. He abused us asking where we get this price, was it Tottis?!? We left and walked past Tottis, and it turns out their price was 35 but the rooms were crappier, and why the other guy was upset (he thought we were trying to play him off against them). We took Totti's room, the monasties had better be worth it. The tourist office said the bus left at 9, 11, 1, etc to the monastries, so we arrived for the 11 oclock one only to be told it only goes half way... so we take it and walk the other 5KMS UP A MOUNTAIN to see.... a couple of tiny manasties, one you could move bacause of the crowd. Time to go home, but how? No buses, not walking.... We called a taxi, 2 turned up but didn't want to take us and tried to tell us why in greek, the the taxi ordered for us arrived. Finally we got out of there and back to the room exhausted.

Today we caught the train to Thesaloniki, and we leave for Sofiia, Bulgaria in 3 and half hours. This place is a dump, and it took us an hour to find this internet place, which is also a bar which can't find or pour a beam and coke then chage 8.50 EURO for it. Hopefully Bulgaria is better.
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