It’s all Greek to me…

I’m staring out the window and all I can see are cafes, mountains, black sand, Americans and scooters. I’m in Perissa Beach in Santorini, taking a holiday from my holiday.

Santorini is everything I expected and more. Everyone warned me that it would be really quiet here as it’s out of season, but it seems to be the week that everyone’s opening up for business and the ferries are starting to become more regular. The island is bigger than I expected, and not as built up as I thought it would be.

Everything seems to be pretty cheap here, but a local told me yesterday of the ‘good old days’, the days of the drachma. Apparently each year there are less tourists – apparently the euro is good for France and Germany, not so good for Portugal and Greece.

I think I like Greek food the most of all the different cuisines I’ve tried so far. The price helps – I get to try heaps more, so I’ve loaded up on fresh seafood, more gyros, massive donuts, stuffed vine leaves and some dessert that starts with an E. It had cinnamon on it if that helps. The only thing I haven’t been able to finish is ouzo – that stuff is vile. Had to pass off the rest to a passing Canadian who thought it was Christmas, and gave me a Dan Brown book in return. Don’t know who got the better deal.

Today Jasmine (the girl I’ve been traveling with since Athens) and I hired a four-wheel scooter to see the rest of the island – for the backpacker-friendly price of seven euro. They also didn’t seem to mind or notice that the license I handed over was my learner’s permit. Good thing that there’s hardly any traffic here and driving on the ‘right’ side of the road wasn’t as hard as it looked at first. We saw the villages of Pyrgos, Thira and Oia, the latter being our favorite – beautiful views and gorgeous blue and white buildings. Lots of photos to come.

I’m in Santorini until Monday, but changing accommodation for the weekend, away from my school camp-style hostel, complete with ice-cold showers and foam mattresses to my first single room for two months.

And yes, it really is black sand. But I think white is nicer.

4 Responses to It’s all Greek to me…

  1. Magpie Groupie April 6, 2007 at 2:07 AM #

    ‘Victoria’s public transport queen’ suddenly let loose on the open road……….There are some things that should never go in a public blog- like dangerous activities that worry parents back home!Don’t you remember the phrase that you were raised on- “Make good choices”
    Glad to hear you’re having some time out from all the hustle and bustle of travelling, enjoy the local cusine and of course the solitude of your own personal space as you treat yourself to a single room.
    Dad and Randall went on a date last night to see a re-make of one of their all time favourite movies- “300 Spartans” Of corse they want to know whether you will be visiting THERMOPALYE home of all the Spartans- they want photos of the areas where they fought- not asking for much huh…they of course didn’t like the new film as they are living in the past and hung up on some film from the 50s…I tried to tell them that things are different than when they were 10 yrs old.

  2. Dean Rizzetti April 6, 2007 at 7:34 AM #

    It’s interesting the number of opinions on the euro and the EU more broadly.

    Ask anyone about EU reform and Turkey. If the Europeans I meet are any indication it will get them going for two hours.

  3. Anonymous April 12, 2007 at 11:34 AM #

    Great to read about your travels and very much admire your independence and passion about following your dream. ( I can say that because it isn’t my daughter travelling the globe.) We had a great time in Barcelona and Ally and I watched the mime artists and other performers on la rumbla well into the night. How did you cope with ‘Greek Time’ where departures and other timetables are very relaxed? Continue to take care and ‘Make Good Choices’
    mum’s friend

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