greece day 1
Jul 23, 2011
|Today began very interestingly. Heather and I woke up early and headed on deck after two pieces of stale toasts and some watered down tang for breakfast. Very disappointing. On deck we found some chairs put our feet up and watched the mountains of Greece drift by through the midst. for he first time i can catch my breath. italy was great but i am ecstatic about the idea of eating all the fresh seafood and greek salad i can get my hands on, oh, and laying on a beach. i am covered in bruises from head to toe from my suitcase bumping into me while dragging it all over italy. my wheel broke off yesterday, hopefully i will be able to keep the one for the rest of the trip. now i drag the thing around even more with an annoying sound trailing behing me always.
We arrived in port only to find out that all of the taxi drivers had decided to go on strike that morning and block he roads with her cars so we couldn't leave the port. After abou a half hour of driving around trying to find a way to escape they finally let our bus through.
Another beautiful drive followed along the cliffs and mountains of Greece with the crystal blue water filling our windows. heather and i have developed a plan to avoid mario talking to us on the long bus rides. whenever we see him stand up and try to come to the back of the bus, we instantly close our eyes and pretend to be asleep. it seems to keep him away for now. We stopped at a restaurant on the side of one of the cliffs overlooking the water for lunch.
Best food ive ever had. Cheese pie fresh grilled fish Greek salad with juicy tomatoes and Chunks of the best feta known to earth. Fresh watermelon and calamari were delicious as well. All of us couldn't of been happier after all of the disappointing rest stop food disasters of the day before. I was so sick of bread and over priced rest stop food. This food was like nothing I've ever had.
Everything so fresh and simple. And you couldn't beat the view. Next we headed down to the beach in front of the restaurant. Mountains all around a rocky beach was the plan for the rest of he day. Much of the group jumped right in I opted for laying out on the rocky beach an soakin up some rays.
While some other swimmer were climbing out of the water they discovered something very prevalent in Greek waters. sea urchins. THey spent the rest of the day pulling spikes out of their feet. mario's fat hairy butt stayed on the opposite end of the beach in his green speedo. eek.
After hours of swimming we headed up he mountain to Delphi where we proceeded to get a flat tire only 4 miles outside of town. i imagined myself having to drag my stupid broken suitcase up the mountain but luckily the bus driver was able to go extremely slow and get us into town.
Only 1000 people inhabit this town. Here is only one main road and dozens of shops and hotels lined along with very friendly and helpful locals all around. the gift shops and restaurants are dotted with smiling faces, ready to help. tourists are obviously the main income in this town. but they are not annoying like rome and florence they do not open the menu and start blurting out come inside we are english speaking. they simply smile and say hello here.
I open our hotel door to find a balcony hanging over a cliff overlooking the mountains and the sea. I couldn't be happier. This was by far he best day ever. So relaxing. We were all exhausted after running the streets of italy and rushing through so many monuments. I could just lay on a Greek beach for the rest of the trip and be perfectly content.
After unpacking heather and I took a stroll around town. while walking around the mountain side 2 boys rolled up on a vespa and asked if they could `walk us' we told them we were having a romantic walk together and they were soon off to speak to the next random girls walking down the road. next mario rolled up on a vespa with one of the girls from our group on his back. she looked very uncomfortable. he asked if we wanted a ride and our immediate response was `no'.
after a long stroll along the valley we had dinner outside with the stars up above and the twinkling towns scattered through the mountains below. I could get use to this town. The rest of the night was spent drinking fruity pink Greek wine and hitting up the local disco which consisted of almost everyone from our group and about 10 local Delphi men. In a town of only a 1000 people there weren't many people out but we had a great time having the place to ourselves.