06.01.2011 - 06.01.2011 75 °F
We had a leisurely day of sitting around and waiting, as we had a ferry to catch to the Greek island of Crete. I woke up early to fog or low clouds rolling in (we still aren’t sure which) and it seemed to stay that way for most of the day. The clouds would roll in, and then out and then again. At one point you couldn’t see a few feet in front of you, we were a little worried that our boat later than day wouldn’t be leaving but it eventually all burned off.
Our boat wasn’t until 5:55pm but because we had to check out of our place around 1pm, and the last bus went to the port at 4pm, we pretty much just sat around all afternoon in downtown Fira waiting. We found a nice, shady spot and people watched, and took turns walking the streets so the other could watch our luggage. Eventually we walked to meet our bus, and in true Greek fashion, nothing is labeled so you have a bunch of people asking the one guy in the stand the same question over and over to figure out which bus is the one to the port. The easy fix would be to put signs up noting which bus was which, but that just seems too easy. Once we got to the port, again nothing was labeled, so we just sat for a while waiting to see what to do next. At one point some lady comes out and announces that the superjet will leave from terminal 4 at the building. No one really knows what that means so everyone heads inside to terminal 4. You hear whispers back and forth on “is this the boat to Crete” and “no, I think it goes to Athens...” as there were two boats that were supposed to leave right about the same time. Finally the man taking the tickets yells loud enough, “this boat is not going to Crete” which helped immensely with the chaos – why didn’t someone do that earlier or just put up a sign? By the time they left, our ship should have sailed but had not yet arrived, so we waited some more. Finally about 6:20 (25 minutes late) our boat shows up, we board and away we go to Crete. It is only about a 2 hour boat ride as we were on a much faster (thus more expensive) boat than the one we took to Santorini.
We arrived finally, walked the 5-6 blocks to our hotel and enjoyed a little MTV (the only station in English, but it plays videos the entire time instead of other junk) and turned in for the evening. Seems like a perfectly good day that was wasted, but I guess that has to happen sometimes.