Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
67Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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I explored the Venetian Fortress, but didn't get much out of it because like at most ruins, there is nothing posted to tell you about what you are looking at , the only info given usually is regarding the restoration process. Boring. It did provide great views of the sea and the city below. This fortress was built and rebuilt more than once, but I believe it was mostly used in the 16th century as defense against pirates, including Barbosa. So the only stuff I know about pirates is from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney movies aren't exactly perfect portrayals of history. Over the centuries Crete has had many invaders and conquerers, making a very complicated history which I can't even attempt to summarize for you because I hardly understand it myself!
I met 2 Aussie girls that were in my room, Alana and Mel and they were traveling for a few days with their friend Carla and her boyfriend Jay. Alana and Mel had met in the UK while they were working there and have come to Crete to work for a few months. Carla is returning to Oz soon and has invited me to join her family for Christmas as I will be in Sydney and don't have set plans yet. So far that is my 4th invite from Aussie's to stay with them for Christmas! We all went to dinner at a tiny restaurant next door and my plate only cost 4 Euro where as I've been paying 10-12 for the same thing to sit at a sea side restaurant, so I'm obviously paying for the view, but it's been worth it! The girls and I sat up and had some wine at the hostel bar. I love hostels that have bars because everything is sooo much cheaper. I payed 1.70 for a little jug of wine that would normally cost about 5-6! It was still early when they went back to the room and I felt like going out and was determined to find a little Irish pub I had seen earlier in the day. I walked around for about 10 minutes, couldn't find it and there wasn't enough people out so I didn't feel safe enough so I went back to the room. The girls were still up and they relayed the excitement I had just missed. Apparently another cockroach came racing out from Mels bed over to Alana's and up the side along the mattress!! She flicked it off and smashed it and had to clean up the guts! So glad I missed all the action. Alana and I stayed up for another hour and I got her up to date about the entire last season of Grey's Anatomy! They are a season behind in England.
They are going to be in Thailand around the same time I am, so I might try to meet up with them for a day or so.