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Airport Day :)

View from Hotel

View from Hotel

The airport shuttle picked me up at 11:30 am on Monday, and I arrived at my hotel at 10:00 pm Tuesday.  Mind you, Athens is 7 hours faster than New York.  Can I just start by saying, it was worth it?  It took 2 layovers, 3 flights, 4 airports, and 24 hours to get me to Thessaloniki.  Yep, still worth it.

Key trip facts:

  • On the 9 hour flight from NYC to Istanbul, the lady behind me would wake me up if my chair was reclined, due to it making her uncomfortable.
  • I slept on a two-seater chair in the waiting area in the Istanbul Airport.
  • I thought my bag (that’s right, one bag) was lost, but I was at the wrong carousel for over an hour.

Flying in, the sun was setting just over the mountains.  The airplane took a wide turn and showed all of the passengers the endless agriculture off into the distance.  And then the buildings started, we were in Thessaloniki. It was a sea of 3 to 7 story buildings in variations of white.  I jumped on a bus into town with the idea of ‘I’ll figure it out when I get there’.  It was the bus for 0,80 € or a taxi for 30,00 €.

The people on the bus were very helpful and told me how to get to my hotel. They were talking about a million miles an hour in Greek.  Sadly, I couldn’t keep up.  I could pick up every 4th or 5th word.  A lovely girl translated for me.  They were incredibly helpful.

Upon arriving at the hotel, I was basically starving. I went downstairs to the hotel restaurant.  She served me ‘toast’ which consisted of grilled cheese and turkey.  She sliced up tomatoes and cucumbers, along with a giant bowl of bananas and watermelon.  All for the grand total of 4,00 €.

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

3 replies

  1. Sounds like a fabulous time–you have plenty of time to get caught up with sleep–but just the same, it had to be torture when that woman was waking you up!!! What’s the money conversion? I don’t know how much ,80 or 30,00 or 4,00 is.

    1. It was torture!!!! So here are some conversions….
      0,80 Euro is about $1.15
      4,00 Euro is under $6.00
      30,00 Euro is about $45.00!

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