Departure back home

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Get out of bed at 07:45 – we also made sure our mobile woke us up on time. We pack all our things for the last time; Timo goes to the supermarket and returns immediately, because the market ‘Zoom’ is closed. Within 30 minutes all is ready and we can go for breakfast. In the neighborhood on the beach everything is closed, so we walk further and eat on a square nearby: protodikiou platia close to Sirocco.  We take one regular breakfast and 1 omelet with ham, cheese, onion, tomato and 2 coffees. We have to wait for fresh bread, because they still need to deliver. We eat our breakfast and go back to Kalamies to get our luggage. We pay the money for our stay to the cleaning lady, as Irini nor Leonidas are there. We go to the harbor on foot and arrive at 10:30. First 2 other boats arrive (Highspeed 4 and Panagia Tinou – the one that was that late) and then ours arrives: Highspeed 2. The boat brings us to Paros, Mikonos and Tinos. We arrive on Tinos at 13:30 and then it’s still a long way to Rafina. It’s OK; we have a good place and it goes a lot faster, more comfortable and luxurious than a normal ferry. It’s a little more expensive, but we don’t complain about that. We arrive at Rafina Port at the busiest time of day, but manage to find a free table on the second restaurant in the row (the one with the blue chairs). There we have a Greek salad, fried peppers and keftedes with retsina and water. We talk a long time with Stavros, the owner of the place, in Greek, English and German: all mixed together. Now it’s a bit calmer, so he has time to talk. His wife is Finnish and she comes by once in a while and he sometimes goes to Finland. We still have the whole afternoon to enjoy our last hours in Greece. At 18:00 we take the bus from Rafina to the airport. There we quickly grab a bite and check in and get off on time. It’s finished. When we land in Belgium the plane starts shivering. Temperature is only 7 degrees Celsius and it’s already the end of May. Hellas was a lot better.

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