Ferry 2: Electric Boogaloo

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The side of the second ferry - it was like a mini cruise...

So we splurged 150 Euro for a cabin and it was rather nice with TV and air conditioning and a shower...  but the deck was good too!  There were plushy couches and the ferry was more like a cruise with resturants, bars, cafes, and even a casino and mini-mall!  So we were pretty happy we could chill in our room and watch the only english channel which was playing some terrible teen movie with amanda bynes in Britian, but it would have been so easy to sleep on the deck!  I CANT BELIEVE THEY EVEN CALL IT THE DECK!  grrr... oh well, oh well..  at least we could sleep.

It was pretty cool as well that on the boat was a group of Greek boys (ages 10-16 or so) that sang together in awesome harmony for about an hour.  I don't know if they were a choir group, but they sounded amazing.

Tuborg, for some odd reason, makes Tonic water and Club Soda.
. It was like we were having our own personal concert.  They ripped us off on gin and coffee and whatever else they could and I remember making an intentional decision to buck up and enjoy the sun set that the fact that we had a bed and that we were heading for Greece for cryin out loud...  We made a good night of it and tucked in around 11PM and slept like babies until the morning.

We forgot to take out euros and spent the morning kind of starving because we had no money and the ferry lasted about an hour and a half longer than the ticket agent said it would.  However, when we got off, we were excited to see that the train station in Patras (our stop from Bari) was right directly outside the ferry docking.

Sunset in the Ionian sea - got to see the sun rise and set in the same day.
  Yay!  The next train to Athens (or, Piraeus for us, as that's the ferry dock for Athens) left in 2 hours and we should get into Athens at 5:30.  Woot!  One more step closer!  We ate at an awesome eatery next to the train station that was air conditioned (!!!!) and I ordered souvlaki that was AWESOME..  I know I say awesome too much, but I'm catching my second wind. 

In Zagreb (although I loved the city) I was starting to feel like I wanted to go home.  Maybe we should have taken three one month vacations..  Too much travelling, packing up, finding laundramats, bunk beds, ahhhhhhh...  But right here, even after two ferry rides and an upcoming train ride (which also took longer than they said) I knew that I was ready go to again.  We're starting to be friendly and talk to people on the train.  On the train from Patras to Pireaus we met a Danish couple and a couple from Idaho.  Travelling is so much better when you can make temporary friends along the way.  I know I'll never meet up again with any of these cool folks again, and rarely make the attempt to even get contact info, but it makes the journey so much better when you can share it with other people.  I do wish we could have a friend around right about now.  I keep thinking that Jessie and Chels would love it here...  I also wish my mom could have come to Greece with us (no problem though, Mom!) because although temporary friends are nice, I miss someone to have around to have shared memories that mean something more that something passing by.  At least I have Ev with me.  I couldn't choose a better travel partner. 

But it's hard to feel the warm fuzzies when the next travel agent tells us that although it is 7PM, the next ferry to Santorini doesn't leave until Midnight and doesn't get in until 1PM.  Oh, and we're travelling deck again.  Oh joy.  Oh JOY. 

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The side of the second ferry - it …
The side of the second ferry - it…
Tuborg, for some odd reason, makes…
Tuborg, for some odd reason, make…
Sunset in the Ionian sea - got to …
Sunset in the Ionian sea - got to…
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