In 2009, a few of my friends and I headed to Greece for a week since we were all studying abroad in Spain and we had off for Easter. We didn’t have classes on Fridays so we headed out right away on Friday morning to fly to Athens. We ended up spending two days in Athens and the other three days on the island of Mykonos.
Athens is a very busy metropolitan city. However, as you walk through Athens I would say that, like Rome, it is incredible to see such old ruins that are still standing everywhere you go. Of course one of the tourist sites we had to visit was the Parthenon at the Acropolis. It was crowded with people but luckily because we were students we didn’t have to pay to enter as long as we had our student IDs. We all did, except for one, but we were able to talk the guard into letting her enter for free anyway. Atop the Acropolis, as its name suggests, you have a beautiful view of the entire city. I suppose the ancient Grecians were right in believing it was the home of the gods.
As we descended back into the city, there are nothing but cars and people bustling around the city which was very much the opposite of Mykonos. One distinct things about Athens is that people share cabs, unlike what we were used to. So being a group of 4 it was often difficult to have the cab drivers stop to pick us up, except for if we separated. Because of that, we often walked to places and enjoyed the view along the way, except for one instance where we needed to get to where we were going, and quickly. We had woken up in the morning and knew that we needed to get to the port to reach our ferry to head to Mykonos. We had underestimated the amount of time it would take to take the metro from our hostel to the port, and the fact that we would still need to take a cab from the last station to the port itself. (Who would have thought that metros that are underground don’t go straight to the sea? That makes too much sense). We knew that we were out of luck since the cab drivers were too picky. So we divided up, carrying our baggage and tried to find one that would stop. Luckily, my friend got one to stop and we all ambushed the cab. We explained where we needed to go and that we needed to get there quickly. Surprisingly he was driving very quickly, and we made sure to hold on tight. Once he dropped us off at the port we thanked him for taking us and for getting us there so quickly. As we started to approach the ferry my friend who was in the front seat explained that he was driving so fast because actually his tank was on empty and how lucky we were to get there, otherwise we would have had to run to make the ferry, or wait until the next day.
We made it to Mykonos and were picked up by the woman who owned the apartment we were staying in. She was very kind and hospitable. Our room was very clean and had everything that we needed. We bought some food from the grocery store so we could make a few meals at home. Then it was off to the beach. Unfortunately because it was the beginning of April the weather wasn’t the greatest and it rained a bit be we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying ourselves. One day we rented a car to drive around the island for our friend’s birthday and driving in another country is always a different experience.
Overall I would say that my favorite part of Greece was the food. One night we went to a restaurant that was along the water and told the waitress to bring us anything and everything that was typically Greek. That was one of the most delicious meals I have had and unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the restaurant. I must rustle through old photos and papers to see if I can find a clue to what it was.
Until next time, Καλό ταξίδι!