Fun in the sun
I feel that an apt way to commence this post is HELL YEAH!
I am on a Greek island in European summer. This is one of those times when you can really stop for a second and think, ‘hey, life could be going a lot worse’. This place is beautiful my friends. It is a special kind of beautiful that they reserve only for Greece.
We are staying at a hostel. I’ll admit it isn’t exactly glamourous, I don’t even remember the name of it. The ‘rooms’ are essentially a canvas tent, and I may have caught a disease from the bathrooms. Despite that, the pool and the beach completely make up for it. In the pool area they bring you cocktails and food, such as what may be the world’s best nachos (why did I order Mexican food in Greece you may ask? BECAUSE I CAN!). You spend the best part of the day lying in the sun up against a backdrop of sand and water that stretches on for days. For me there was a little bit of horror when I saw all the beautiful Greek girls walking around in their swimsuits that cover about 2% of their person. At first I would have preferred to eat my own hand than strip down…. But insecurity is so non-Greece. No one is allowed to miss out on that water. I actually bought a new swimsuit when I was there. I fully intend on getting all skinny to bring it to its full potential… you know… after I visit Croatia… and Serbia…. And Germany….. Oh screw it, I like food too much.
So the town was adorable. It was filled with those white buildings on different levels with blue windows that you always see in movies about Greece. Little tiled streets that probably should have been sidewalks somehow accommodate tourists, cars, trucks and sometimes buses. It was terrifying at first, but by the end of the three days, I was throwing my arms up when someone was in my way just like anyone else. I am practically a local.
Tourist shops were in abundance. If you like magnets and sunglasses you will be in travel heaven. I actually forgot to get a magnet for my mum now that I think about it. Crap. Ciara and I also found a really great restaurant on the water where I had some great pork souvlaki (see? I did eat Greek food).
Now for the part of the post I know you have been waiting for…. Drunken shenanigans. Jusssst in case they don’t appreciate these being broadcasted, I am not going to name anyone in this part (sorry!). So there was this strip of clubs on ‘Paradise Beach’ where we spent our evenings. Our three nights worth of activities proceeded as follows:
1. Endless amount of cocktails and beers;
2. Standing on the bar and dancing until the early hours of the morning;
3. two people deciding that clothing should be optional in Greece, and proceeding to run naked through the club;
4. a different two people swimming naked out to a boat (a complete strangers boat to be clear), and proceeding to climb on board and attempt to start it. (Turns out you need a key to start a boat… Who knew? Ok most people know that, but to be fair those people are probably far less intoxicated than the parties involved);
5. naked-boat-stealing-people swimming back to the campsite while the owner of the boat yelled at them from the shore, and getting pricked by some sea urchins as they climbed up the rocks (thankfully particularly delicate exposed areas were spared, but they did struggle a bit with the needles);
6. more drinking, more dancing and more skinny dipping. But no more attempted piracy so I think my tour group is really starting to mature.
I’ll be frank, my involvement in these drunken shenanigans has been pretty minimal. There is probably about half of the group that will go out and have an amazing night, but come home a bit earlier than when the true insanity begins. Despite being a part of this half, I do love observing things and hearing all the stories I may have missed the next day.
This really is a great bunch of people. Who knows, maybe some of their crazy party tendencies will rub off on me. I could use some stories to add to the collection of things that will mortify my children one day. I wish I could have given more shout-outs to the amazing people I have met, but it didn’t flow well in the post. I will build on it as I go along.
Right now I am on a ferry back to Athens. After three days of swimming, drinking and sweating excessively with mediocre opportunities to be hygienic, I probably smell repulsive.
We have to say goodbye to eleven people from the tour today who are finished. If I didn’t explain in my last post, I entered a tour with a few others that had already been going for about 16 days. We lose people at different point on our way back through to London. It will probably be a bit sad, but hopefully I am in for a fun night.
Sorry I have been slack with posts and photos. Technology is lacking.
Till next time.