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Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
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Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The island of Kastellórizo (or "Meis", as the Turkish call it) is in swimming distance from Kas, Turkey and hours from the Greek mainland.
The many boat lines from Kas to Kastellórizo run mostly for the sole purpose of visa runs for visitors who want to extend their three months visa. While I still have a month left on my visa I chose to join my new friend Francsis, a fellow yoga teacher I met in Çirali, who had to extend her visa. 40 TL later (round trip) I can now say that I've been to Greece (Yes, I know it's ridiculous, but aren't all borders and countries ridiculous to begin with?)

Despite its proximity to Turkey the architecture on the island is undoubtedly Greek. So are the prices, which are almost double from the Turkish side. Nevertheless, it was lovely to roam the little village their, eat a Greek salad and stewed octopus at a charming little restaurant with especially friendly owner. Also, I may be risking my life for saying this, but the Turkish coffee I had here (called "Greek Coffee") was far better than all the Turkish coffees I had in Turkey.

On the way back I got to see my first dolphin, which decided to race our boat for about 15 minutes. S/he easily won. It was AWESOME!!!!

So now that my passport has a Greek stamp in it I feel that this tiny sampling was enough to leave me with wanting more. Who knows, maybe it will be soon.
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