Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
67Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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I booked a 4 bed cabin and my roommates was a mother, her teenage daughter and her younger daughter of about 5. They didn't speak very much English but we were able to communicate a little! I took a shower, in the dark.. the light didnt work. Then I set off to explore the ship. I was hopefull for fun an excitement when i saw the signs for "disco", "lounge" "bar" etc. But it soon became aparent thatI was on something more like a floating old smokey Vegas hotel,and not a Carnival Cruise ship. This was my first time on a ship. I walked out on the deck, watching the the bright lights of Athens slowing move further and further away
I browsed around every floor and every area and couldn't find a single other backpacker, indeed i seemed like the only tourist. Everyone was Greek! So I didn't meet anyone to talk to and went to bed early watching an episode of the Sarah Silverman Show on my ipod.
I slepted on and off . Constantly replying another scene, "What was that? I felt a shutter" "It was nothing madam, may i bring you anything?" this is what's runing through my mind over and over in the middle of the night!! I kept thinking the ship had hit something and we were going down and would I be able to escape or would i drown to death! I have a big fear of death by drowning! Ah this is what I get for watching Titanic 50+ times.
The ship docked safely at 6am, it was still dark. I boarded the bus to get to the center of town. I sat on a bench to read my guidebook and map. There was a place that claimed was a "backpacker favorite" so that's where I headed. I probably spent an hour trying to find it, then sat out front for another 2 hours. I watched the town come to life, the sun came up and slowly people came out, sweeping the sidewalks, setting up their shops, the smell of something sweet baking... I didn't mind the wait
So relieved I found it, then was told her girl who works there isn't here and to go to some other information place. No way was I walking anymore so i sat down and waited. She didn't show up for about 20 minutes and it was 10,30 am . She mentioned she'd be there till 1:30... nice work schedule huh! She was pretty much no help to me, so I went back to that room I had looked at and just decided to take it. So that's where I'm staying now and I absolutely love it
I didn't dress up that night because I planned on getting up early to go for a hike in the Samaria Gorge, it's suposed to be gorgeous, a 10 mile hike that takes 5-6 hours. I've never hiked in my life but I figure nows a good time as ever to start and if bus loads of tourists could do it so could I. Well I didn't make it up in time.
I walked around looking for a bar to chill it but there arent many mostly resturants. Someone told me there was one though and I stumbled upon it. It was all military guys from all countries, there is a NATO base here nearby. I sat at the bar and the guy next to me was from Riverside! He has his own house here with an ocean view and his family owns an Irish pub back home. I chatted with the bartenders who were Swedish girls. There are so many Scandanavian people here! I havn't seen any other tourists from other places and usually you run into lots of Brits and Aussies but nope not a one. Also starting talking to a girl named Courtney from Laguna Niguel ! She is living there now teaching English.
The owner of this bar was a very friendly flirty old man named Theo
I headed out with Courtney and her friends over to another place which was filled with more military people and played hip hop music, I felt at home!! I talked with some German guys as well and before ya knew it the night had flown by and it was something like 4 o'clock.
So I didn't make it on the hike today but it's my plan for tommorow. Today I headed out around noon, and went to the harbor to book a 3 hour cruise, they go out to a couple of islands and let you snorkel. Sounded great. Came back 2 hours later and they said they are canceling because its too windy. Of course!! So I'm going on a 1 hour sunset cruise tonight, not as good as the islands and snorkeling but it's something to do at least so I can say i didn't waste my whole day in the internet cafe. I did sit on a bench by the water for an hour and wrote in my journal and postcards. So that's something !
I think i'm going to have to go to the doctors when I get home and get a screening for lung cancer. I'm sure I've breathed in more second had smoke than i have oxygen in the last 4 days. It's unreal!!