Two days of travel and we were finally in Santorini. It is absolutely beautiful. We took a bus to the town of Fira (main town you see in all Santorini photos). After arriving at the bus stop, we got lost on our way to the hotel. It only took us until about 9am to get there. There was a lot of stopping to ask for directions. The thing about Santorini is more people walking around speak English than Greek. That’s when you know you are in a tourist destination. We found ‘Gabby Apartments’ and we were looking for the reception desk. Because of this, I ended up in someone’s house on accident. Whoops. I thought it was the managers office, but it ended up being a French woman’s apartment. She started speaking to me in French, and I didn’t know what she was saying. She wasn’t mad, thankfully. I quickly exited and decided we were in the wrong place. My deductive reasoning skills are spot on these days. But, we eventually arrived.
After finally arriving to our room. We took showers and passed out. It was a long journey. ‘Hercules’ and I are sharing a room in Santorini. He’s a pretty cool guy, and showers a LOT faster than the girls. We took a 6-hour nap that felt amazing especially after that horrible night sleep on the boat. We woke up for class and to eat a gyro.
This gyro place wasn’t just like every other one. One may be deceived by how it looks just like every other gyro place in Greece, but they would be wrong. This is the BEST in Greece, and believe me I have eaten a lot of gyros. After gyros we met up for class, sketching, and a hike. Ever hike in flip-flops? Yep, a first time for me too. Because of the crash, I have cuts all over my left foot. I cant wear tennis shoes because I am all scuffed up. But, I was still able to make the hike! The hike was so well worth it. We hiked out to this small church off one of the cliffs to the North of Fira and watched the sun set.
We had dinner at a rooftop terrace. It was beautiful. I am surely going to miss eating all this fish. Mmmmm octopus. We ended up closing down the restaurant. Which is hard to do, because most people go to dinner after 10 and dinner is customary to last 2-3 hours. ‘Hercules’, ‘Nuonos’, ‘Honey Bee’, ‘Mikree’, and I stayed out for another hour exploring, shopping, talking, and stealing wifi. Walking back to the hotel ‘Hercules’ and I ran into ‘Mermaid’ and her family who were heading out to go dance. Sleepy Time. It has been a long day.
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.