A day of travel. Today puts every other day to shame. maybe not airport day. But, this day comes close. We woke up at 5am to get to the ferry by 6am. The ferry was a small boat with assigned airplane seats. The last port was Athens, so every time it stopped we were woken up with loud noises. Also the ride was so cold. I had to go to my luggage to get a sweater to go to sleep.
Arriving in Athens at 9 am, we had 10 hours to kill before the ferry ride to Santorini. We bought our ferry tickets, went shopping, ate gyros, and meandered through the streets. I bought a soccer uniform (Greek Nationals) and some more hand made jewelry. I really do love the all silver ring I got from the art store for 15 euros. We also were able to find a laundry mat to do laundry. It is hopefully going to be the last time I will have to before I get to San Diego.
Everyone was able to make it to the ferryboat by 7, and we departed on time at 7:30pm. We were to arrive in Santorini by 6:00am. Picture games kept us busy for all of 30 minutes. After playing picture games we started playing spoons. Can you believe some people have never played?? ‘Hercules’ and I split dinner, one because it was so expensive, and two because we wanted more variety. Our Greek salad seamed to be covered with twice as much feta. The whole meal wasn’t that good, but when your hungry, your hungry.
I curled up under ‘Hercules’ jacket, because it started to get very cold on the boat. Even under the jacket I seamed to be shivering. My suitcase was at the bottom of the boat and all I had to keep me warm was a tank top, shorts, and flip-flops. At some point in the night I went to the bathroom only to come back to find ‘Hercules’ curled up under the jacket. I didn’t have the heart to take it back. ‘The Closer’ woke up and gave me a shirt from his luggage and a towel. I don’t think I would have been able to get by without it. I was freezing! The towel covered part of my legs when I was curled up in a small ball, but it still helped. The entire time while sleeping I had to be weary of my position. The sofas were leather, and all my cuts would stick to the leather making me pull them off. Not a fun thing to do. Oh, the lights!! They never turned off the lights. An 11 hour boat ride, and the lights shinned just as brightly as when we got on. We were off the boat by 6:45am. A little behind schedule, but no one really cared because we couldn’t check into our hotel until 9 anyways.
A stack of blank paper is used. Sitting in a circle the first person writes anything on the first card. The stack is passed to the second person who gets to read the saying, and flip to a new card to draw it. You get 30 seconds to draw it before handing it off to the third person. That person looks at your drawing and writes on the next card what they see. It is basically the old game of telephone but with pictures.
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.