Hello from the awesome island of Mykonos!
After a super nice cruise over to Mykonos Island (5 hours by ferry) we were greeted by signs and hotel/hostel recruiters galore. We spotted the shuttle to "Paradise Beach Club Resort" and wandered on over there, only to meet our driver. He was the epitemy of a stubborn greek man. What an ASS! He was soooo racist towards asians it was intense...crazy driver too so we started off with mixed impressions of the place. Until we got to the resort. Driving through whitewashed corridors winding down a hill, tall, bamboo-like grasses and pink flowering bushes blew in the wind. We got to the entrance of the resort, TONS of students everywhere, birds coming in and out of holes in the white walls...we were pretty curious by then about the beach. We got our room (well, our shack...pretty cool because it literally is this little white shack) and hurried down to check out the beach. AWESOME. Music was blasting as the tourquoise water lapped up onto the pebbly, white sand. Rocks jutted out of the water, and the breeze was perfect. THE WAY to go after Athens. Three days had been enough there, and we demonstrated this by staying on the beach all day. The water was a little chilly at first, but comfortable. 14 euro for a snorkel proved to be an excellent investment, and we discovered sea life like you (but not we) have never seen before. It was like an interactive aquarium. Super wow! The fish were a little bit different than the tropical fish we tend to imagine, but they were beautiful none the less. There were also a variety of cnidarians, sea urchins and anenomes among the most prevalent. Rumour has it there are jellies (or Medusas, in the words of our Argentinian friend). Between snorkelling excursions, we got in reading and relaxing on the beach with a few SFU students and a Californian guy we met back in Athens. Eventually the beach club's music got too loud for much concentration, and we had to go grab our dancing shoes (sandals). We got dressed up and went out for a quick plate of spaghetti, and soon met a group of cats who went by the names of John Travolta, Sphinx, Oliver Twist, and Bond Chick. To their great satisfaction we fed them pieces of cheese. They were very tiny and very cute. Remember in Shrek 2 when Puss in Boots does the cute eyes? Oliver Twist was the master of that look. Every now and then he would cry. Just heartbreaking. We left our cat friends and went to check out the disco scene. It was pretty James Bond with a pool in the middle of the club. We live just 20 metres from the club (and the beach, nya nya), so even after we left around 2 the music could be heard (the same song, basically boomp boomp boomp boomp boomp...) for about 5 hours. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? So here we are, the next morning, in an internet cafe updating our travel blog. What have you guys been up to?
Today we're hoping to check out Super Paradise beach (if our beach is Paradise, then we don't know if we can even handle SUPER paradise). It's a gay beach, so it will be lots of FUN!
Tons of people watching I'm sure...not that the guy wearing the fringy leather panties/loin cloth yesterday wasn't interesting...