Always pack a light jacket idiot!
Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
67Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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As I said before, I was bored in Naxos but I did accomplish a couple of things. One of them getting laundry done. For 9 Euro I dropped everything off and picked it up a few hours later all fresh and folded! You don't realize what a luxury it is to have clean clothes, not just semi clean like with bar soap or shampoo but actually washed in detergent in a machine wooo hooo!!! Very excited about that.
I also went to a used book store to buy a book because I'm dying without a good book to read. You know how much of a dork I am. And since I couldn't find any non-fiction I gave into a paperback, it's called Saving Fish From Drowning, by Amy Tan
I had heard there wasn't any hostels on Paros either, but I found one in my guide book as listed in Alyki, about a half hour bus ride from the port. So as soon as the ferry docked I located the bus station and went there. There was no address given so I just wandered aimlessly for another half hour, asked a few kiosks if they had any idea where the Young Inn was and was given mostly shrugs and "no". Not like I expect anyone to actually go to any effort to help me or anything. I gave in and called the number listed, what i should have done in the first place. They are closed for the season!! ahhggg. A lot of the hotels and business's on the islands close after the high season of summer. After the last week in August everywhere goes from raging to completely dead. The bars and restaurants and clubs have been pretty much empty, but I imagine during the busy time it would be a blast to party on any of these islands! But I've missed out on everything!!
Before I left Naxos I had contact 1 of the 3 people listed in Paros on Couchsurfing.com. So I called Ellen, the girl I emailed and made plans to stay with her. She's 23 from Nebraska, also studied Anthropology and has been coming to work on Paros the last 3 summers at a dive shop teaching people how to dive in the ocean
The next day she went to work and I got on the bus to visit some more of the island
That evening we were able to get the car again, thank goodness otherwise I'd end up on the back of the scooter for a 40 minute cold dark and dusty ride!! We went to Tao's, a Yoga type center that also has a good Thai restaurant. I love Thai and she said good things about it, we shared the Pad Thai and Red chicken curry and it was sooo good. I'd go back tonight if there was a bus there! This is where Paul worked so he was our waiter, after he got off work we all took a ride to Naussou to check out the nightlife there. There was none. Friday night and it was still dead. We went to a bar for one drink and laughed over the 80's and 90's songs made into dance remixes- "I'm too Sexy" hahaha when was the last time you heard that??? Good stuff
We got to bed around 3 and was up and out by 10. I said goodbye to Ellen and thanked her for her hospitality, she really made my stay here much much better than it would have been on my own. I got on the bus back to Parikia and wasn't too happy to hear there was no ferry going to Mykonos. I double checked with 5 more agents in other offices. Nothin. Nada. Zip. One of the room owners was around asking people if they needed a room for the night so I chatted to one of them for a while and decided just to stay here for the night so I can take the first ferry out. So for 20 Euro I practically have my own apartment, it's huge. 3 beds, big bathroom, kitchen, etc. If only I had some friends to share it with!
That's it for now, hopefully you'll be hearing from me next time from Mykonos! x x x