Day 44, 45 & 46
I know this is a long one guys but you haven't heard from me in three days and I have nothing but time on this boat. Enjoy :)
As I kick back in first class with a free bottle of red wine for the next 8 hours as we travel to Athens, I can't help but think this is as spoilt as I'm going to get. We farewell Santorini and indeed all of Greece, which has been nothing short of amazing so far. Here's hoping for the same for the rest of Europe.
The past 3 days have been filled with sunsets which I'm sure our mothers would appreciate, ATV adventures which we absolutely loved and a bunch of coloured beaches.
Our second day in Santorini had a bit of a rocky start with us waking up to sick Zaccy who was not up to his usual fantastic standard. Within minutes mothers were on the phone and we were off to the pharmacy stocking up on supplies for all of us.
We returned home, dosed him and all others who were sick up on medication, put him to bed and headed out to one of the black beaches, Perissa. A long drive later we arrived starving, and yes I know I talk about food often, but we got our most expensive meal on this trip at a crazy $18.
On to the beach we went which unfortunately was not as fun as expected. Scared to put our towels down for fear of them getting dirty and unable to stand on the sand due to the intense heat, we dumped our stuff on a beachchair and ran into the water, making sure to avoid the people in charge of the chairs.
Some gallavanting in the water, beach batting, sandcastling and burying of people later the charm of the area had warn off and Gav and Aidan decided to head back. Arryn and I soon followed but not before a scenic drive of the area. Up into the cliffs we went, finding some spectacular views and interesting windmills which we obviously had to climb inside.
After much mucking around we went back home to the pool for a quick dip but didn't hang around for long. We headed to do the only other fun thing on the island and watch the sunset.
This was probably the most incredible sunset I had ever seen. We went to Oia at the north the island where thousands of tourists flock every day. This is the place where postcards are made. Despite arriving over an hour before sunset we still fought through crowds, finally finding the perfect location in an area that was out of bounds. However, being us, we had no second thoughts about jumping the wall, starting a trend, as many more followed soon after.
As the sun went down, we watched as more people attempted to pack in the small alleyways, donkeys walked up and down the stairs below us and some went into outrageously overpriced restaurants just to get a better view of the area. Whilst it was an awesome place to be with the boys, with the amount of couples around, it seemed better suited for a girlfriend or wife. Saying that, I'll be back soon.
Within an hour the sun had set, people had clapped :S (no idea why), and we started to head back. Our drive home was filled with high cliffs in the darkness making for quite a thrillride. But don't worry parents we all made it home safe and sound.
An amazing crepe and a late night swim later, we finished of the evening with some cardinal red (card game) in our room.
Another relaxing morning in Santorini seemed to drag into the afternoon as we struggled to decide what we wanted to do. As Aidan wasn't feeling well and Zac still wasn't 100% we were down to 3 as we headed out for the day. Our colourful adventure continued as we headed to the red beach creatively named "Red Beach". After a walk down to the water, we were once again disappointed, as it was filled with unidentifiable crap that seemed to cover your entire body even though you only put your feet in.
We stuck around long enough for some pictures before going on the hunt for a beach of better quality. We thought we were onto something good when we saw signs to a secluded beach a good half an hour drive away. However after driving down some massive hills on a dirt road, and finally getting to the beach we saw that we had simply done a big loop and ended up on the other end of Red Beach.
At that point we were a bit over it and after some burgers at a nice restaurant, that for some reason came without buns, we headed back to our pool for a chill in some decent water.
As we had previously created several games in regard to Gavin, we decided it was time that someone else was pit
Once again we set out to watch an amazing sunset but this time we avoided the touristy spots. Looking around our hotel, we simply found the biggest mountain we could see and headed up. The narrow road up had some mean cliffs that kept us on our toes but the views it provided were spectacular. We saw a completely different side of the island as we drove up, even watching planes at the airport take off and fly above us.
As we were approaching the last corner before the top of the mountain, disaster struck as the one quad ran out of petrol. We abandoned it there temporarily walking the last little bit, finding ourselves yet another perfect spot to say goodbye to the sun.
Taking photos, rock throwing competitions and talking to other tourists that seemed to find their way up as well, killed the time before the sun actually set. It was then that the challenge as well as the fun began as we attempted to get our bike back home.
Rolling majority of the way down the mountain we found oursleves in a bit of a pickle when we found the first uphill at the bottom. Finding a water bottle, we send Arryn to go fetch some petrol but Gav and I weren't about to stand idly by and do nothing. Despite our fitness going way downhill since we left, we pushed.... and pushed... And pushed making quite some progress before Arryn returned. Whilst many people saw us struggling along the way they thought it would be funnier to just hoot and cheer then actually provide any help.
Soon after we made it home and watched a bit of tv, Jarron and the boys came over to say goodbye. They chilled until the early hours of the morning before we decided we needed to go upstairs and call it a night.
That brings us to today which has been very uneventful. We woke up just before check out, packed up and headed to reception to grab some brekky. We then headed into town, bought heaps of snacks for the ferry, grabbed our last of many Gyros, returned the ATVs and went back to our place to wait for our lift to the boat.
As we walked onto the boat, we were amazed. There were not one but two escalators on board and the ferry was the most spacious we had ever been on. This was before we had walked into first class...
Walking into the area we were to call home for the next 8 hours, we were taken aback. Couches everywhere, a bar, a full menu to order food from and the most amazing view out the front of the boat imaginable.
And that brings us to now. I have just finished writing this 7 hours into the trip. We have so far amused ourselves with a lot of cards and a very angry waiter. From here we make our way to the airport to wait for the next 11 hours for a flight. Some would say we should just fork out 20 euro for accommodation. We however think an all night adventure in the airport will be much more exciting.