Two hours after coming back from Bob Sinclair we were out and on our way to the port. I couldn't believe that it had already been a week and our time in Mykonos had come and gone.
On to the ferry we went, heading to Ios, the next Greek Island that was to appreciate our presence. After a late departure, we picked up speed, arriving on time and in style thanks to our "Flyingcat 3" ferry. As opposed to our last arrival we had lifts waiting for us as soon as we stepped of the boat. They whisked us away and straight to our home for the next 4 nights.
During our drive up the steep hills and windy roads, we got a bit of a feel of what Ios was like. The image I had of Greece in my mind of white houses up big hills overlooking the most amazing water could not have been more accurate than in Ios. Everywhere you looked was house on top of house right to the top of every mountain. If you looked back towards the port, the sea and beaches looked incredible with clear waters as far as you could see.
Our driver took us right into town and then up a gigantic hill towards our hotel. Despite the fantastic location, we would have to walk up and down this hill to get anywhere. However once we saw our accommodation this was the last thought on our minds. With a pool across the road and restaurant as part of the hotel we had really scored in this place. Our balcony view was amazing and we managed to get two rooms right next to each other.
Down into town we went, exploring the little alleyways that seemed to go in every direction. After a bit of walking around we discovered that every second person you ran into happened to be Australian. Aussie flags, Aussie bars and of course the Aussie accent appeared to be everywhere you went.
Dying from the heat, (yes I can tell your jealous Sydney) we walked back to our hotel jumping right into the pool as soon as we made it up the hill. Being the most absolute perfect temperature we kicked it there for a while, before I made my way to the hammocks in the front garden to doze off for a bit.
We grabbed a latish dinner at the bottom of our hill before walking back into town. With Bars in absolutely every direction and every drink being ridiculously cheap, we had a hard time trying to decide where to start our night. Running into Kilov, Browney and Matty they recommended Orange Bar which has shots that are named after different chocolate bars. The bar could not have got it more right. With Goldy getting Snickers, Gav Twix and myself Maltesers the shots were incredible, tasting perfect. To top it all off the bar played some amazing rock music which got us pumped up for the night to come.
The initial idea of wanting a relaxing night out changed very quickly after we heard of the different incentives they used to sell drinks. Besides the outrageously low prices, with the purchase of a certain amount of shots at almost any bar you could get a free t shirt. As always we dove right in. I was first to gain a shirt a red bull bar followed by Zac and Aidan at Jäger bar. Gav got the final shirt of the night at Flames bar.
But the night was still young. After sampling the "finest rum" at Coco bar, we made our way to slammer bar where as the name suggests after every drink comes a smash across the head (dont worry mothers, helmets were worn). Every bar enticed us in with the different variety of music they were playing. From hip hop to reggae and everything in between there was some awesome tunes being played. It really made me miss home when we rocked out to "Without Me" (Mr Glazer) and "One" (Mr Steiny).
However the night would not be complete without a bit of dubstep and of course the best place to find that would be an Aussie bar. Partying there for a bit finished Me off for the night and sent me up to bed, finishing my first day in Ios by 3 o clock.