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.