Still beautiful and windy :)
Santorini Travel Blog› entry 26 of 40 › view all entries
I can't believe how windy it is here. I think it's always windy here, but it's been especially windy since we've gotten here. The first night wasn't too bad, but after that it's been incredible. Ev is guessing that it's constant 30 km/hr winds with gusts up to 80 km. It was so bad that Megan, the girl we met who works at Soul, told us the wind knocked over these candle holders and blew water from the pool (there's a pool at the bar! Sweet!) up and into the bar. Crazy. But it's never cold. Not even at 4AM. Just windy. Always windy. No clouds, no bad weather. Just constant wind.
I think I'm going to step back a bit and try to remember what's happened each day we've been here.
Day One - July 12
We arrive in from the ferry and get a bus ride with Megan, her brother, Steve-O, and Robbie. We chat it up a bit with Steve-O and Robbie at dinner at a place called Atlas which is across from the reception and dorm part of the hostel. We then go back to our place with the private rooms and switch rooms to make it more comfortable for all of us. Ev and I plan on doing little but walk down the main street of Perissa (there are 2 main roads) and checking out what we might want to do the next day. However, we only get four doors down from our hostel until we get to a resturant called Roosters.
Day 2 - July 13
Ev and I slept in quite a bit after wine night and didn't emerge until about 11AM. We had our eye on taking a tour out to the volcano, the hot springs, and the other islands in the Santorini chain. A bit of education: Santorini is the name of the ring of islands. Thira is the official name of the main island that we are on, but most people call it Santorini. There are two islands in the middle. One is known as the volcano and the other has the hot springs. They have names, but I don't think anyone really calls them by anything other than "the volcano island" and "the hot springs island." There is a large-ish island directly opposite Fira named Therissa that has about three communities and not much else.
Day 3 - July 14
Have I mentioned that Ev's filling for his cavity fell out. It did. Somewhere back on one of the ferry rides. Terrible. We're waiting to get back to civilization to get it fixed. Totally shitty. Anyways... we awake this day at noon and, once again, vow to get up earlier the next day to take thr tour. And, once again, go to Atlas for breakfast. Our mission for this day is to visit the other main towns on the island. We bomb it up to Fira slowly on the so-called highway with our so-called vehicle that for 45 km downhill but crawls at 12 km uphill. Fira, as I said in the previous entry, is quite touristy, but good for window shopping and had an awesome view of the caldera (the other islands and the sea) as it's in the middle of the island. We find a place that cooks mexican food and we each have enchiladas...only they're not enchiladas at all..but rather delicious nevertheless. We then make it up to Oia and take the long way around the edge of the northern tip and the beaches are beautiful, but, again, far too windy. And, of course, the wind only makes the quad go slower. Oia is very pretty as well, but there's not much to do but shop. There are kitties and dogs stray all over the island. Oia probably had the most stray, but Ev loves this dog that the locals name Rocky that stays in Perissa. I don't like dogs. Sorry. But some are cute, I guess. But it's VERY cute to see all the kitties laying on the low-lying roofs of the white washed buildings. Ev and I find a sport early to watch the sunset. It is very beautiful, but part of me wonders why it is so legendary. I mean, it's beautiful, certainly, but I didn't leave thinking I'd never see a sunset like that again. Even on vacation, I think I'm a bit too cynical. Oh well. We make it make to Perissa dangeously and in the dark going too slow. We buy booze at the supermarket to save money and drink our faces off. I think I love gin more than vodka now. We get drunk at the dorm hostel with Steve-O and about 20 other hostellers. I get to a point where I know I'll regret it in the morning if I keep drinking, so I pass my bottle to Ev, who finishes it. He then finds some vodka and blackcurrant juice from someone random and drinks that. He is stoopid drunk. We get back to the hostel and don't even pretend that we'll be up in time for the tour. It's 3 or 4AM when we leave for our room.
Day 4 - July 15
I get up at 12:30 and Ev isn't even up for moving. I whisper that I'm going to the internet cafe and I'll be back in an hour. That is when I made that entry and e-mailed a bit to Chels and Jessie. When I get back to the room at 2 with a bottle of water in my hand (this is the first place that the water is terrible to drink so we buy it...but it's super cheap, so no matter) to find him up...but my orange juice is drained. I hear moans from the shower that he doesn't feel good. Ha! We finally make it to breakfast around 3 and return the quad. We try to find a better one, but can't. We end up renting another one from another place that is just as crappy...in fact.... crappier. We have to exchange it because it loses power when travelling on a slight incline. It's all a gong show. We try to be beach bums, but all our stuff is in the laundry and I don't even have fake swimming gear. Ev frolicks in the water and I bury him in the sand (awesome pic, btw... I'll get it up tomorrow maybe). We don't do much. We end up going to an all-you-can-eat Greek buffet that is delicious. We also don't drink much this night and vow to go on the tour as the next morning will be the first where we have to go in each morning and re-check in because reception is ANNOYING like that.
I'll have to pick up the updates from here at another time as I've been at this for an hour and only have 2 minutes left. Pics are up on yesterday's entry. Enjoy!