Iraklio Travel Blog› entry 12 of 31 › view all entries
Oh No! My webmail is down. It has been for a few hours. I remember getting a notice from the techies, but I thought it was for last week. So now I am going to die…. You have no idea (you probably do) how much I have enjoyed getting all your emails. If it stays down for much longer I may have to give you my old hotmail address. But lets hope that things get figured out in the daytime. (It is only 7:30 your time so I will give them an hour or two).
Last evening was my last night in Rethymno. I thoroughly enjoyed the little town and would recommend it to anyone visiting
Thought long and hard about renting a car and it really wouldn’t make much sense to rent a car from Rethymno to Iraklio. Not only would I pay through the roof because they would have to send two people down to Iraklio to pick up the car and drive it back.
Got up this morning and went for a run. I ran around the castle and back again. After the rest of the morning I think you will agree with me that I didn’t need a run; that my adventure would be exercise enough.
Asked at the front desk for directions to the bus stop and headed out the door. That is when the picture of me and my suitcase was taken. I am still fresh from my shower and feeling full of energy.
Made it the two blocks to the bus stop and proceeded to wait.
15 minutes of walking, I’m really hot.
So much for the shower this morning!
I finally get there and there are steps. Big steps. Really big steps. So there I am huffing, puffing and throwing my stuff around saying “shouldn’t have brought the damn hair products (the seventeen pairs of shorts, sixteen shirts, fourteen skirts, three bathing suits (remember I bought one) and the many other things that add up to 80 pounds. (That is what the airline told me it weighed).
Made it! The water was dripping off my hair onto my purse.
If you remember correctly, I was trying to catch a local bus with no air-conditioning. I was told that is what I needed to take. You should have seen my face when this coach bus pulls up and says “Hiraklio”. Fancy dancy bus with all the bells and whistles.
I know you are all wishing you were here in
As we left the station I noticed he took a different route than the one I walked on. And for the hour and half bus ride he only stopped at six stops. They were very special stops with people in booths to take your money. Now I know I would have been at that first stop for the rest of my trip. Who knows what the sign really said, or what kind of bus I was trying to take.
When I got to Iraklio I thought I would look for a car rental place and rent a car here and then just leave it at the airport tomorrow. Then I saw the traffic and the roads. I thought Rethymno was bad, this was insane. The roads look like back alleys and people park wherever they want. You move like a snail and there are scooters weaving in and out of traffic. Not the place for me to start taking up driving. There wouldn’t be a Cretan left standing.
Took a cab instead. You should have seen his face when I told him we were going on an "adventure". One that was looking for a cheap hotel with Internet in the room. He told me that I wouldn’t find a hotel with Internet.
So here I am. Took a walk and was surprised with how windy it is here. Apparently this part of the
One thing that I find very strange with Europeans but especially Greeks, is many of them smoke. It is rare to find a group of people that don’t smoke. Smoking is allowed in every hotel room and every restaurant. The restaurants aren’t too bad as they are open air, but let me tell you the ferry ride was horrid. I had forgotten how awful it is. I was sitting in the non smoking area but it was just like at the old bingo halls. All around you there is blue air.
The second thing that surprises me is how nobody smiles and says hello. When I go for a run I will say hello to everyone and smile and they just ignore me. Even when you sit beside someone in a restaurant and smile they don’t smile back. It is rarely that anybody does. Unfriendly! Don’t they know that they have the opportunity to meet someone who swam in only a thong? Come on that has to be important!
Something else I have learned... you do not throw toilet paper in the toilets. You have to throw them in a waste basket. Its lovely! One other reason traveling by yourself is good. Not looking at someones used toilet paper!