Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
67Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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I was walking along the shops by the beach and a guy is standing outside one and I said hey I know those tatoos!! It was Jay and Carla from Reythmon! I knew they were coming to Santorino but figured they had left by now. Mel and Alana were also here so that was a cool surprise too! I didn't expect to see them until Thailand or Oz!
I hung out with all of them that night, but as they got smashed I just observed haha. We sat at the bar across from the hostel and I had a potato for dinner, that was about all i could manage. They tried to get me to drink a beer to feel better, but after a few sips i was done. Carla and Jay had their own private room down the road with a little balcony and swimmng pool, sweet deal! So they got a bunch of drinks and snacks and we just sat out on the balcony messin around for awhile
I spotted Erin in the morning and talked her into doing the tour as well so I had some company. We boarded an old wooden pirate ship kinding looking vessel and set off around 11 and went to a volcano, now when you picture a volcano you picture red hot smoking lava, but this wasn't the case. It was like a big hilly mountain of black sand and rock, but had some nice views. Big hike #1. Next stop was Therissa, one of the islands that make up Santorini. This island was once one big volcano that erupted and the middle of it caved it, so the towns are built all around the top. To get up to the top you have to climb this massive walk thinking you could possibly die on the way up, it goes on and on and you just drip with sweat!! The only other option is to take a donkey but i couldn't subject the poor animal to carry me up that hill! So we hoofed it and were expecting the most amazing city we've scene in our lives but were sadley dissapointed , there wasn't much up there! Only a resturant and so we ate there, the food was precooked and just warmed up, but it was really really good. We had stuffed tomato's and eggplant! No idea what they are called in Greek though
Back on the boat for a while, the sea was nice and smooth and we went slow, I don't think anyone got sick. The last stop was Ia, and it was another insane hike to the top, but we made it!! This place is supose to have the best view of the sunset of the entire island, so I think every single tourist on the island gathers there everynight to watch it. We had to fight for a spot to get some good photos! It was beautiful of course, but the one I saw in Hania had it beat! Erin and I had a really good day, but we couldn't wait to get home for a shower and get some dinner. We picked up Connel and went to a place along the beach where they had eaten the night before, Erin got rabbit stew and I tried not to imagine cute little bunny rabbits hopping around! She is 20, from Melbourne, but her father has a farm so she's used to eating different animals i guess! After dinner we went to one of the bars that we saw a flyer for and met up with Mel and Alana and a couple of guys they had met 2 more Aussies Darren and Jim. It was a quiet night, not too many people out. We had one drink at that place and then went to another on the beach, more people there but playing rave type of annoying music. We had enough for the night and went in for bed around 1.
This morning I met up with Alana, Mel and Darren and we had English breakfasts at the bar across the street. Darren , Erin and I then caught a bus into Fira to wander around that town for a couple of hours, grabbed some gyro's and gelati and enjoyed another fantastic view.
We also got a bus down to the Red beach, a pretty rocky climb to get to but it was very pretty, clear water where you can see your feet at the bottem and open your eyes.
I'm going to Naxos tommorow. I'm feeling rushed as I only have about 10 more days for the islands, and there are sooo many of them here , I wish I had more time. I could change my flights but I still need sufficiant time in South Africa and my friend Kate is waiting for me to get to Perth so we can start our travels in Asia! So I guess I will have to come back to the islands again another time, so many places to see and just not enough time in one life!