Santorini deserves 2 blogs

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 14, 2009

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today was beach day. We rode the ATV all the way around the island to "Red Beach", which certainly lived up to its name. (See photos). Then it was off to "white beach", or so we thought. Turns out renting the ATV from the kid's friend at the hostel might not have been such a good idea, which we realized after it wouldn't start. Fortunately, a friendly Canadian couple hung out with us until we kickstarted the thing. They were going to White Beach too, so the 4 of us were on our way. White beach, however, did not live up to its name. It instead had gray, rocky shores, and 2 feet of slippery rocks for 30 feet out. Good thing it had a cool cave. We set back up the mountain to check out one more beach the next cove over, and found out the hard way that our ATV was only 50 ccs. While Pam and Kim zoomed by on their 150 cc ATV from the real rental place, Caity walked up the hill while Tom went 3 km/hr trying to get the damn thing back up the hill. Sad times.
We checked out one more not-so-sandy beach on the south side, and then made our way to Perissa, which Lonely Planet claims is the best beach on the island. Finally, they got it right. Perissa had beautiful black sand, but not in the water. There was one humongous rock that made up the entire shallow area, and you could see forever underwater.
After "beach day", we all headed up to Oia, (ee-ah), which was rumored to have even better sunsets than Fira. Oia is all the way on the northern tip of the island, and we accidentally took the long way around. It was a beautiful drive, except for one horse along the way. He apparently did not like the sound we made, and tried to kick Pam off the ATV!
We made it to Oia about a half hour before sunset, and we weren't the only ones who we told about the great views. The entire town was packed with people on every rooftop, trying to get the best view of the setting sun. We managed to climb up onto our own rooftop, and got a pretty excellent view. Yes, it was the best sunset we've ever seen. Sorry, Arizona. The only uncomfortable part was after the sunset, everyone started clapping, like it was the end of a good movie or something. We weren't sure if they were expecting an encore or what, but if they did, we're pretty sure the same thing happens every day.
We said goodbye to our new friends, and headed back to Kamari beach.
The next day, we explored our own side of town, before having to catch the ferry to Athens. We did have to wait at the port for a couple hours before the ferry arrived as that's the only time we could catch a ride. Thanks for the sunsets, Santorini.
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