Greece 2008

And I'm Back

August 2, 2008

Rish was asking me yesterday why I hadn’t blogged yet. I got back yesterday morning to Sydney, and then slept for about 4 hours in the middle of the day, just long enough so I didn’t feel sick, but not so long to throw myself out… I still slept 10 hours last night, to get up at a respectable 9am. I think I’m pretty much back into it already.

Met some Germans on the plane, who didn’t know each other.. at times they spoke in German and I tried to follow. One of them will be coming to work here but her job feel through – oops. Hopefully she found her way alright yesterday, I lost her in customs. Along with a “Tulip in a can” that quarantine took :p No surprises there.

Movies on the plane – Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, 88 Minutes, Live!, and Untraceable. The first two were Dubai-Bangkok, last three Bangkok-Sydney, so I must have been in a strange mood for that flight. Live! was a mockumentary-style thing about a game show based on Russian Roulette, Untraceable had people being murdered and watched online, and 88 minutes was a “you have 88 minutes to live” thing… heh. held my attention though :p

Yeah, there’s plenty of holiday stuff to write about… but I’ll get to that later. I have been uploading more photos, and have gotten up to when Rish left, so about the halfway mark (time-wise – waaay more photos after that!)

There’s a set on Flickr… not all are tagged, titled, or even rotated the right way… but you get the idea.

Okay, I’m off to give Phil and Jenny a slideshow hehe. Yes, I’m dorky.

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It's over

July 30, 2008

I’m back in Athens, hot, tired and exhausted, and I fly out tomorrow for Australia. I still have some exciting things left, like a stopover in Dubai and the flights – unlike the small Aegean airlines plane I was on today which got knocked around by the wind a bit… I don’t really like short flights. Smaller planes means more bumps.. argh.

I’ve had a great 3 weeks, but I think I’m ready to head home. You get that feeling when you’re sitting there, glazed over. heh :)

Photos will probably be up on the weekend :p

News : I have vague tanlines.

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I can't get no sleep

July 25, 2008

But that’s okay. It’s just too hot for me to sleep here… but I’ll doze under a tree on the beach later, and all will be fine :)

Apparently, it’s Friday. So people have told me. So I have less than a week until I’m back home in Newcastle. Plan to spend the next two days here on Paros relaxing on the beach or in the bars… I’m going to try to find someplace to dance tonight, we’ll see if I come across anything.

Sanotori tomorrow afternoon, 3 nights there, then back to Athens then home. Scarily short time left. Time to get off this computer and back into the scorching midday sun :p

xxx

Fiona

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Samos to Syros

July 24, 2008

I like boat rides.

At least in calm weather anyway. Should qualify that :p

I spent most of the nine hour ferry ride out on the back deck. Watching the islands go by, coming in and out of ports, watching it become night time. Looking at the stars, clearing my head, feeling happy.

Also saw the moon rise, an orange glow, over the sea.

Beautiful.

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Big Day

July 23, 2008

I survived Turkey, but somehow couldn’t survive getting overtired, and lost it over some of my favourite underwear getting a bit mangled b the washing machine – The sailor set previously mentioned went all grey in the lace, with the straps worse for wear, and my green Mossimo set not very happy in the white parts. Also my hot pink ones that I wore under my pirate outfit *pouts*

Being overtired and female, I cried … of course, obvious reaction.

So, not the best ending to the day.

But got over it by talking to Rish for about 20 minutes at a public payphone, and just getting into the fresh air. Finding being n that little house kinda stifling – it’ hot, smells like mothballs and there’s three women with varying reactions to being tired :p

Turkey was like Greece – Ephesus was good, more ruins, but it made me sick to watch that everyone was putting their hands all over everything and climbing all over things… Markets were… there.. got done cute dipping sauce bowls, and a couple of pashminas…

Still need to source some dinner – but here at 11:30pm, that’s not a problem- the night is still young!

Off to Syros tomorrow…. 9 hours on a ferry *dies*

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Got my Swim in

July 22, 2008

Spent the day in Vathy (Samos town)… Not too eventful, though we have sorted out the rest of the trip – well the ferries to Syros, Paros and Santorini, flights back to Athens (instead of a 15 hour ferry ride) and so fourth. And a night’s accommodation in Syros, as we get in at 1am.. heh.

After feeling hot and a little tired, I’ve cooled and calmed myself with two things – a swim and a phone call to Rish in Germany. :)

Tomorrow is Turkey! On my Birthday!

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Kittens!

July 20, 2008

We have kittens in the huge pot out the front of our terrace. The were born Friday night, and are sooooo tiny :) Too cute. I would upload a pic of them, and of all the little cats, dogs and ducks that I’ve made friends with since I’m been here, but is it really that surprising that internet is not that great on a Greek island that’s only an hour boat ride from Turkey? :p (Will be slowly uploading some pics to Flickr, but most will happen when I get home)

Planning to go to Turkey for a day trip on Tuesday. It would seem silly not to since we’re so close to it. I can see the lights at night and sort of see the coast line in the day, depending on how hazey it is. The bush/grass fires (not in this island, thankfully) create a lot of extra haze. That and the cigarette smoke *dies* At least it’s not as bad as in Athens, where you couldn’t move without sitting next to a smoker. Inside and out. Blech. At least there’s more open air here. And more Germans, who, while they do smoke, seem to be able to cope for a short break to eat their meals – they only light up between courses.

Spent an hour bobbing around in the water this morning, after dragging myself out of bed at 10 (lazybones!) Discovered that there is ONE night a week here when there’s a night life, Saturdays, but I missed it with sleep. Oh well. I’m here to be lazy on the beach and swim and de-stress. I’ll head back down there about 3/4 (It’s 1pm now) once the sun isn’t so intense. Will sit at a cafe on the water with a light salad, a glass of wine and write in my travel journal once I’m done here. *smiles*

Tonight, Rish’s great uncle is heading back to have dinner with us, and then we’ll head into Vathy (Samos) town tomorrow to wander there, organise out trip to Turkey and book our Ferry trips. Think we’ll be flying back from Santorini to Athens, as the flights are only slightly dearer, and about 8 hours shorter!

Time is flying… Do I have to go home?

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Sun and Samos

July 19, 2008

Currently on the island of Samos – Rish’s family island, home of delicious wines, honeys, olives, and wonderful pebbled beaches, shetered bays to swim in.

I’m staying in the town of Kokkari – between the two main ports. Spent the last two days not understanding what people were saying to me, and beig fed by relatives. :) Oh and being driven around by an uncle in his little green van. The caost line is beautiful, and the waters clean.

It was great to have Rish here for a little while – we went up to the Acropolis / Parthenon and to a moseum while he was with us in Athens, then flew across to Samos on Wednesday. ++ Turbulence for our 55min flight. Not surprising it was so rough coming in given how gusty the winds were on Wednesday here. The actually landing was perfect though.

I probably said this before, but I have so many freckles!!!

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Difference a Day makes

July 13, 2008

And a good night’s sleep :)

And some loving text messages.

Oh and people watching over a glass of red wine on a hot summer’s evening outside a cafe in Athens.

Shame so many of the hot guys and girls smoke here. Smoking here is just the norm… inside and out. The shopkeepers smoke in their shops. Puts me off buying their food and clothes…

Went for a walking this morning. regained my solitude. got lost. but saw some sights and wound up near the Acropolis. I should have worn a pedometer or GPS to see how far I went. It was a few hours… so a long way!!! :)

I need to keep this walking up to burn off the calories from the yummy food. Spanikopita for lunch. I prefer the ones from the cafes I frequent back home. This one was greasy… but it wasn’t that great a cafe.

I love the iced coffee. With ice. I had a Freddo Cappucino this afternoon. Cold froth :) Worth not thinking about the conversion back to Euro :p

Though, I haven’t found the pricing here that bad at all. Could just be delerious from the heat though :p

Rish is here tomorrow! We have until Wednesday in Athens, then frying across to Samos island. Rish has until Friday evening there, then heads back to Germany. Then I commence seeing the Greek Islands with his mother until july 30th, when I start the trip home.

*grins*

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Overtired

July 12, 2008

Sitting alone in an internet cafe in Athens, I slept terribly last night… I overheat very quickly, and as it’s always over 20 degrees at night here, it’s bound to happen. Especially when you are sharing a room with others who get cold before you’ve even gotten down to a comfortable temperature.

Reading emails that make me miss the people I love. Feeling a little isolated, needing to regain that feeling of enjoying the solitude I have, even when walking through a big busy city.

I’m overtired, which is the leading cause. Normally I can deal better with emails that tug at my heart.

Rish will be here in less that 48 hours, and I’ll get to be wrapped up in his arms and hugged to sleep.

Then I’ll sleep well.

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