Day Two ... let the gong show begin
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Today was the day long boat tour which brought us to a volcano, the hot springs, another small island and the town of Oia, which is well known for its beautiful sunset.
While en route to the port, it starting raining and we all thought it was going to be a pretty lame day, out on a boat in the pouring rain. Within 10 minutes, the rain had stopped and we were on the boat. It's a big schooner type boat but didn't have the sails out. It was quite a windy day which made the ride quite rocky but added to the entertainment, especially while sitting on the front of the boat.
Our first stop was the volcano in the middle of the moon shaped island of Santorini. We had a guide with us that spoke broken English at best. She speaks other languages fluently but was having trouble with English.
The next stop was the hot springs. Of the 60 or so people on board, five went in the water. The water is still quite cold and wasn't very tempting. Jason and a girl we met at the hostel both went in, but the rest of us stayed on board and laughed at them shreiking in the water.
The next stop was the island of Thirassia. It's one of two places on the tour we could rent a donkey to carry us up the hill. We heard the next stop was better so we waited and hiked up. It's a good thing we took it easy the night before, because it was quite the hike! We ate lunch at a restaurant overlooking the ocean, I ate my first ever olive (which I chased with onions, I hated it so much!) and then we were on to Oia.
Oia is a quite town which has lots of the blue domed churches that are in almost every picture of Santorini. We all rode donkeys up the hill, which was by far the highlight of the tour and the best 5 euros I've spent on this trip. We arrived at supper time and the sunset was due around 8:30, so we wandered around a bit, bought a bottle of wine per person, and drank while waiting for the sun to do its thing. We had taken over this small castle place and then about six Americans showed up and shared our looking spot. After a half of bottle each, the pictures started getting creative. The sunset itself was quite amazing as the sun set onto a small island out in the ocean and the sky was completely free of clouds.
Our hostel shuttle driver picked us up and was absolutely hiliarious.
Once we got back to the hostel, the real boozin' began. We decided we'd go into Fira, the main town on the island. So me, Gary (an Australian lawyer), Phil and Branden (the Sask boys) and Adrian (from Cali) piled into a cab, with me the banana laying on top of everyone. One important fact to note is that the market two buildings down will fill any bottle you bring in with wine for 3 euros, and it's really, really good and everyone had their fair share.
And that's where I'll end this entry :)