Athens Travel Blog› entry 19 of 44 › view all entries
We woke up early on this day, packed up our things, and took the metro to the stop closest to the car rental place. We got there just before 8, which is when the sign said they would open, but we ended up waiting over 40 minutes for the guy to show up. We had a busy day ahead of us, and I was a little worried about traffic, so I wanted to hit the road. I was not a happy camper when the guy showed up, and I let him know that. He had no excuse for showing up late. I wanted to believe it's just the way the culture was, but we had not experienced this anywhere else in the country, so I think he just took his time.
The good news is that we got a bigger car out of the deal. He upgraded us for free and was very helpful in showing us the way out of the city to our first stop - Corinth.
Once on the main road north, we faced stop and go traffic all the way to the highway.
Since we had to get off the highway and back on, we had to pay the toll again. This time, I gave the guy correct change, and we were on our way to Corinth. The entire drive was highway, going anywhere from about 90 to 120 kilometers per hour. This was a nice way to get used to the car, as I learned quickly when to upshift and when to downshift on the hilly roads to get the most speed. The drive was fun now that we were free from the city, and I hoped that Athens city driving was the worst that we would encounter on the trip.