11.12.2011 - 11.15.2011 8 °C
I travelled to Greece with one of my friends from Holland. We started out flying into Athens from Amsterdam. It was a pretty easy flight. We went up, got drinks, got food, got more drinks, then landed. We took the Metro from Athens Airport to our Hostel and checked in, dropped off our bags and went down to the sports bar below us. There we met one of my favorite people-- the bartender (we never actually learned his name surprisingly). He was quite fantastic. When we walked in he introduced us to his dog who was 4 months old. Then poured us beers and shots of Ouzo. Then he turned on Gymnastics on the TV and made small talk and joked with us.
The next day we started to walk around Athens. The first stop was the Acropolis. For some reason we got in free (No complaints from me!) and walked up to the top, which had some great views of the city.
After walking the Acropolis for a few hours we wandered around Athens-- making up our own tour along the way. We were entertained by making stories for each old building we saw. We somehow wandered into the center of town where there was a bazaar and shopping street. We kept seeing gigantic tea pot like things on the sides of the rod with venders selling things from it, so we stopped to have a looked. It turned out to be Sahlepi (saw- lep-ee) which apparently is orchid root cooked down into a goo like substance. So naturally we decided we had to try some. It was the weirdest thing. It was a hot drink that tasted like an orchid smells. It probably would have been delicious if the texture wasn't a cross between snot and jello. And it burned my lip quite bad so I got angry with it and wouldn't drink any more.
Eventually we left the shopping area (without buying anything!) and started the walk back. We found the Athen National Park by the parliament building and took a mosey through it.
It was starting to freeze outside so we wandered back to the Sports Bar again and hung out with our buddy for a few hours before calling it and early night.
We planned to go to Santorini the next day by ferry, so we got up at the crack of dawn to take the Metro to the harbor to catch the 7 am ferry. After waking up at 5, taking an hour long ride to Pireais, we were told that the water was too choppy to catch the ferry and we may have to wait a few days to get to the island.
Neither one of us wanted to waste time by staying in Athens longer so we decided to do he next best thing- rent a car and do some aimless driving! We hoped on the train back to the hostel, asked about rental places, where they recommended we drive first and headed off!
Next stop: Nafplio, Greece