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Craziness in Corfu

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
July 23rd, 2005

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long time since our last posting. We have been in transit a lot lately. We are actually in Rome now, but I will try to put up a couple of posts about our adventures.

Corfu is an island on the west side of Greece. It is beautiful with Venetian architecture and huge piazzas where the entire city seems to walk and drink coffee at night. Corfu is also basically backpacker party central. Every able-bodied British, Australian, American, Italian, Spanish (oh Spanish girls are ridiculous) budget traveller somehow finds their way to this one hostel there called the Pink Palace. We stayed there two nights which was long enough to forget there is an outside world. There were actually people that stayed there so long they ended up working there. There was of course a booze cruise involving cliff jumping, sea cave exploring, swimming, and excessive boozing. Unfortunately the girl to guy ratio on our particular trip was like 5 to 1, so we refer to the experience as the dudes cruise. It was fun none the less. This hostel has rooms for 900 people and throughs a party in its own banquet hall every night. Drinks were 8 shots for 5 euros. Ridiculous. they are able to afford that buy mixing very suspicious alcohols together and by going sparse on things like towels and working toilets. That has been the general trend for the hostels we have been in since greece. Greece was so easy to find a place –you would get off the ferry at whatever island and anyone with a room to rent would come meet you at the boat. Sometimes it was a bit frantic, but it was always cheap and nice (if you don’t mind not flushing paper down the tiolet, yeah that is how it is all over the country).
After Corfu, we took a very long ferry across to Brinidisi, Italy. From there we took a quick train to Naples…

Photo Update

Posted by Jason del Sur in Greece
July 16th, 2005

I feel like Brian told enough of a tale to keep you entertained. So I’m just here with some pictures.

Brian and I from our last day on the boat.

The Monastary on Amorgos:

The secluded beach on Donoussa requiring our trek along the goat paths on the side of the mountain (no nakedness here, sorry)

And finally, Derek and Brian hiking to the top of the mountain on Delos. Notice the excessive amount of walking done on this trip.

Back from Mykonos

Posted by Sa Wat Dema in Greece
July 16th, 2005


Well, we have made it in and out of Mykonos, but only barely. Of all the islands we have been to, Mykonos is by far the most cosmopolitian, most trendy, and most expensive. The partying was great (what we can remember of it), but it was a hard adjustment to go from islands where we where the only americans to absolute craziness with the jet set crowd. The beaches were just about what we expected of them -what with names like Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach (although, Super Paradise is actually a bad name because it is definitely more of a sub-paradise beach considering the extensive amount of naked dudes there). Speaking of nude beaches, Jason and I have gone in the buff twice – once on a crazy beach in Koufonisia, and once on the this out of the way beach we had to hike like 3 hot hours to filled with ridiculous hippies living in tents on Donousa island. Again, things can get a bit hazy in these islands. Just before we met Derek in Mykonos, Jason and I trekked all over Donousa (this tiny but VERY mountainous island) and after walking down litterally a goat path for an hour, we got to a totaly secluded beach. It was like something out of the movies. Unfortuntely we were not looking for secluded beaches (they tend to have less barely clothes females), but it was still an accomplishment.

Right now we are in Athens waiting to take a bus to Corfu and a stay at the famous pink palace hostel. I know it sounds a little wierd, but look it up on the internet and you will see how ridiculous this place is.
Yesterday in Mykonos we went to the sacred island of Delos. It is supposedly the largest open-air archaeological site in the world. It was very impressive, exspecially considering the very massive waves and very small boat we took to get over there. Derek nearly got washed overboard several times. Until we showed a few hours ago, we were all covered in salt and brine. Yarrr! I guess we really are becoming pirates.

We have been awake for basically two days straight after getting kicked out of our hotel in Mykonos about 10 am yesterday and an all night ferry back to Athens. The ferry was all right considering we played cards with these Italian highschool girls all night. Apparently they only understood about 5% of what we were saying, but they were very good at Rummy none the less. You should have seen Derek trying to communicate to us that the fact that one of them wanted to go to medical school to be a Gynecoligist. We are currently hanging out at a backpacker hostel in athens. This morning, we searched the city to find this music store where I could by some Greek clarinet sheet music. We found the store, and I think I found some music, but it is all in Greek, so I really have no idea. I must say that I feel much more Greek and not so out of place this time around in Athens. We don’t look nearly as much like tourists, and our Greek is much better. It is amazing how different you feel when you start to really know a place and try to think like a local. If the local Greeks stare at every girl that walks by (which they do), then I think we are pretty much set.

anyway, see you in Corfu.

Dema the greek

Amorgos

Posted by Jason del Sur in Greece
July 12th, 2005

Hey everybody. We have so much to say and no time to say it. We are about to jump a ferry to Donousa, an island of about 110 people and as many donkeys. We are on a Morgos right now, which is beautiful. We rented a car and trekked to this amazing monastery stuck into a cliff. Things are going so great. I am really learning a lot about being Greek and life in the islands. Our captain, who was one of the mopst chill guys ever, has taught us much about relaxing and how to live the good life. HE has also taught us the Greek words to say to pick up Greek girls. We will keep updating this. We will be meeting Derek on Thursday in Mykonos, the biggest party island.

Brian

New Map

Posted by Jason del Sur in Greece
July 8th, 2005

So I didn’t have time to make it very pretty (computer time is not cheap here), but here’s where we’ve been.

From Athens to Santorini. To Ios, then Iraklia, the Koufonisi, and now in Paros for the next two days.

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