05.28.2011 - 05.28.2011 76 °F
The day started out VERY early, we got up at 4:30am in order to make our way to the port and catch our ferry to Santorini. Even though it doesn’t look like we had that far to go, it was going to take six hours to get us there as there were two stops at other islands along the way. We made it to our ship and were escorted to our “air seats” which simply mean we had airline type seats instead of caffetira chairs which were situated throughout the ship. We were very glad we had paid the extra 5 Euros each for the assigned seats as by the time we got to the ship most of the economy seats were taken, meaning we would have had to sit on benches outside - and it was chilly.
Our ferry was pretty uninteresting, and I slept for the first hour and a half. We watched a few “telenovela” or soap opera type shows on the main TV, which were quite amusing and read our books to pass the time. It was a pretty foggy day, which was fine because once we got to the island and took the bus to the main town, we really had no idea where to go to find our apartment. We booked through a “vacation rentals by owner” site which allowed us to get a place with a fabulous view for much less than others were paying, but it also meant it was very challenging to find. After hiking in the area for about 20 minutes, Nate left me with the packs and he headed to try and find a phone to call the owner. Once we met up, our owner was the nicest lady – she wanted to help carry our things and offered us tea and juice to help cool us down. She was one of the most hospitable people we have met in Greece, and although our apartment is very small, the view is fabulous and it has just what we need.
After soaking in the fabulous view, we headed out for groceries and we made spaghetti with shrimp. It was one of the best meals we have made so far – partly because we were so hungry as we hadn't had much to eat for the day. We ate on the patio and found that paradise does not come without evils. The mosquitos here are sneaky buggers; you don’t really know they are there until the next day when you wake up with itchy spots – and man do they itch! There aren’t millions like Minnesota, but we walked away with a dozen or so bites between the two of us. Since we are missing out on the cabin this year for Memorial Weekend, I guess this is our slice of MN while away. Once dinner was done, we then walked a few blocks over to enjoy the sunset. Later in the summer, you can see the sunset from our patio but we are a little early for the tourist season, so the sunset is a little out of our view. It was still enjoyable and a nice way to welcome us to Santorini.