This is Day 7 of my 2014 trip to Europe. If you want to read the other posts about my trip go here.
Today was mostly a travel day. We had a free day till about 1pm. I thought about taking a taxi into Fira to go to mass but wasn’t sure if I had enough time and didn’t want to go alone and didn’t want to get lost so I stayed at the hotel and read the mass readings and the prayers for the day instead. Afterwards I finished packing up my room and went for a walk to look for some lunch. I found this beach bar on the beach and had the most delicious calamari. It was more of a tempura than what I’m used to as fried calamari.
After lunch we said goodbye to our hotel and headed towards the ferry dock. We flew to Santorini from Athens due to the potential May Day strike but on the way home there was no strike and we took the ferry back to the mainland. Due to the strike we were unable to take the speedboat and took a slower boat that stopped at lots of different islands. The ferry ride went a lot faster than I thought it was going to be and it was a good time of relaxation and fellowship.
We got to the mainland at about 11:30pm. We took about 4 taxi’s to get everyone to our hotel. Originally we were going to walk but after looking more closely at the map and the time we were getting in we decided to take 4 taxi’s instead as because it was a port the transport costs for a bus were astronomically high. I don’t take taxi’s very often but it was interesting how we all left from the same place and we all got to the hotel in 4 different directions and got charged 4 different prices. My professor assured us that it wasn’t a big deal the important thing was we all got there in one piece (no kidding).
Another interesting tidbit about Greece was all the elevators in Greece were TINY. In some of the hotels literally all you could fit were 1 person and their luggage. I don’t have any pictures but it was really interesting.
Once we got checked into the hotel my roommate went to bed right away but I couldn’t sleep. The hotel room that night was HOT. I kept messing with the a/c and nothing was happening. Oh yeah you also had to keep your hotel room key in this contraption by the door or you wouldn’t have any power. The next day someone else was complaining about the same things I was dealing with so I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that was really warm and had trouble sleeping that night. But it’s all apart of the journey. We survived and headed towards Delphi in the morning.