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Vlychada

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  • Day28

    Paradise in Greece

    September 2, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    We had another lazy morning, oh no that’s right, I had another lazy morning😂😂. Pete went out to pick up his washing and came back after hiring a car for me to drive! We thought we would five around for the afternoon and check out the beaches. Oh well we managed to get to one beach, it turned out to be a great black sand beach with a great bar and excellent food. We couldn’t force ourselves to move so we spent the afternoon at the one beach.

    Well we are here to relax so we were happy. Driving is pretty much the same as in Italy, just keep moving and stay on the right. Haha not easy when you still have problems working out your left and right!

    We managed to find our way home after a few wrong turns, and then got ready for dinner and another sunset! We went back to our great restaurant and had another yummy dinner and watched our last sunset in Santorini. Heading off to Syros tomorrow morning!
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  • Day22

    Rundtour auf Santorin

    September 10, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    So lässt es sich aushalten! Der Tag beginnt mit einem reichhaltigen und leckeren Frühstück mit Blick auf Thira mit den strahlend weißen Häusern, Pools verschiedenster Größe, die Caldera und die Inseln.
    Es ist wie im Traum, so einen Blick genießen zu dürfen!
    Anschließend bekommen wir noch ausführlicheTipps des sehr freundlichen Rezeptionisten in fließendem Englisch. Wie er uns später erzählt, ist er in Russland geboren, in Athen aufgewachsen und hat per Fernstudium sein Lehrerdiplom der Universität Michigan erworben, bevor es ihn nach Santorin verschlagen hat.
    Zunächst steuern wir zwei kleine Dörfer, auf der Kuppe von zwei Hügeln im Südwesten der Insel gelegen, an, Pirgos Kallistis und Megalochori. Beide Orte liegen recht nah beieinander und sind noch nicht so vom Tourismus vereinnahmt oder überstylt, sondern machen einen natürlich gewachsenen, gepflegten und verträumten Eindruck. Als erstes fallen uns natürlich auch hier die alles überragenden Kirchen mit den blauen Kuppeln auf. Wir schlendern durch ein Gewirr von schmalen Gassen, die oft von rot leuchtender Bougainvillea überwuchert werden, die Häuschen fast immer mit leuchtend blauen Türen und Fenstern versehen, es geht treppauf, treppab - griechische Postkartenromantik pur. Einige kleine Souvenir- und Kunsthandwerkerläden säumen die Gassen, aber nicht aufdringlich das Bild bestimmend, sondern als belebende Farbtupfer. In Megalochori lassen wir uns eine Weile in einer sehr privat anmutenden Minitaverne auf ein Bierchen nieder - bei diesen Temperaturen komme selbst ich auf den Geschmack.🤪
    Unser nächstes Ziel liegt an der Südseite der Insel, der schwarze Strand von Vlychada, der sich unterhalb einer imposanten Steilküste erstreckt. Wieder zeigt uns die Natur, wer hier die wahre Künstlerin ist, denn aus dem beigen Basaltgestein haben Wind und Regen großartige Reliefs und Skulpturen geformt. Leider haben wir uns nicht auf Baden eingestellt und weder Handtuch noch Badezeug dabei, sonst hätten wir die Abkühlung sehr genossen. Jogi ist so warm, dass er die erstbeste Gelegenheit wahrnimmt in den Schatten zu kommen und auf das Trittbrett eines Rollers springt.
    Als letztes Ziel steuern wir den Leuchtturm von Akrotiri an der äußersten südwestlichsten Inselspitze an, von wo aus man noch einmal einen schönen Blick auf die gesamte Caldera hat.
    Es ist spätnachmittags und wir sind von der Wärme gut geschafft, also geht es zurück zu unserer schönen Unterkunft, wo wir uns erst einmal mit einer kalten Dusche erfrischen. Erstaunlich, wie einem die kleinen Selbstverständlichkeiten plötzlich wieder ins Bewusstsein rücken. Auch Jogi freut sich über die Erfrischung, ihn dusche ich ebenfalls ab - kein Problem in der Riesendusche.
    Zum Sonnenuntergang gehen wir auf dem Kraterrandweg ein Stück Richtung Firo (oder Thiro, beides ist richtig), wo wir oberhalb einer Kirche einen wunderschönen Blick auf die Inselwelt, getaucht ins rotorangene Licht, haben. Anschließend kehren wir in einem netten Lokal mit Dachterrasse ein, dem Vanilia - der griechische Salat und die Moussaka schmecken uns hervorragend.
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  • Day31

    Mermaids can Breathe Underwater

    July 20, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 2 in Santorini and GUESS WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY. THAT'S RIGHT.... SCUBA DIVING.

    Up bright and early to head to the centre to fill out forms, we sat down in anticipation (obviously the forst ones to arrive) as everyone else filed in. On the boat, there were 3 instructors, 5 snorklers, 4 certified divers and 3 "discover divers" .. That's us! We got to scuba dive without certification but had a very good guide with us at all times.

    So we wiggled into our wetsuits and got to the boat, 16 of us squeezed into this tiny dinghy anf held on for dear life as we hit open waters at full speed. Partway into the journey, however, a fuel line broke amd the boat stopped moving... We were rescued by a yacht passing by and they pulled usnto safety.. But of COURSE that would happen when we went out to dive. Murphy's Fecking Law.

    Anywayyyyy after being slowly pulled into our dive spot and the boat getting fixed (hey we technically went sailing!) we sat there in anticipation wating to get into the water! The snorklers went in first.. Then the certified divers... Then the three of us had a mini scuba lesson before suiting up and jumping in the water. We learned about the tank, flotation device, regulator and emergency regulator, hamd signals and how to equalize our earsrums under water. We got strapped in one at a time to very heavy scuba suits and were tossed off the boat backwards... It was slightly scary but once you were in the water it was fine.

    The firat step was to "snorkel" with the regulators.. Learning how to breathe normally underwater. Next, we were emptied of air in our flotation devices one at a time and sunk to the bottom where we could kneel and get comfortable underwater.

    My mask kept flooding with water and I panicked (i don't do well underwater as it is) so i kept asking to be pulled to the surface. The instructor gave me his mask and I felt incredibly determined, and finally got to the bottom without panicking. I did grib my regulator into my mouth using my hand like it was my day job, though... Usually you just hold it in your mouth like a snorkel but my anxiety would not let that happen.

    We went on a quick 15 minute dive exploring the area, and I felt more and more comfortable as time went by. I spent the first half holding the instructors hand and eventually felt good enough to let go and and explore on my own. When the firat dive was over we surfaced, took off our gear and climbed back in the boat to head to our next dive spot.

    At the second dive spot we entered the water in the same order. At this spot, we were to do nearly rhe aame diver as the certified divers BUT we couldn't go into caves due to lack of certification. TOTALLY FINE WITH ME.

    So once again we got in, the three of us... But the guy we were with panicked, started shaking uncontrollably and decided not to do the dive. Taylor and I now had a private dive.. What the actual heck. This was too good to be true.

    So we sunk to the bottom (12 metres) and I handed. The gopro to the instructor so he could film our whole adventure... I can't wait to get home and show people the video because it was so incredibly surreal!

    We went through some amazing caverns and saw some reef/volcanic rock and sea life that is indescribable unless you have been underwater. We went through a bunch of small arches until we finally came to the cave that we werent supposed to go in.

    And he took us in.

    One at a time we went in to see the memorial for Jacques Cousteau that his grandson put there after his death. The cave was incredible and honestly an experience that we never wpuld have had if the guy didn't decide to opt out of the dive!

    We continued our dive and headed back to the boat , but at one point my left ear wouldn't equalize. Every metre or so underwater you are suposed to plug your nose and blow to pop your ears (like you would on an airplane) but my left one wouldn't pop. I started to panic but our instructor helped me out, walking me through the steps i needed in order to rise up, re-equalize and head back to the bottom of the sea.

    We continued our dive without incident and got back to the boat.

    It was legitimately one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not only am i terrified of being underwater (i literally will not put my head under in and water... Pool, ocean, sea.. Nothing) and terrified of people touching me underwater, ll of the fears slipped away as the calm of the sea took over. I have to admit, whenever something went alightly wrong I did panic (my flipper fell off twice, my ears, the goggles filling with water) but a little determination goes a long way.

    After the dive we were both so giddy we decied to just grab some food and snacks amd spend the evening with each other.

    Tomorrow we leave Santorini... In 2 days we are home.

    Im not ready to go yet.
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  • Day9

    Kicsi a vilag

    June 23, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Csapatcsere kozben a kikotoben sved-magyar parral talalkoztunk, akik almainkat elik: evi 3-6 honapig gorog vizeken vitorlaznak, mar vagy het eve... Es hogy mennyire kicsi a vilag: ovek volt a Sarffy haz Dorgin. Sajat szavaikkal: az az ut erre vezet! Remelem talalkozunk meg ma estig, mert ok a masodik rank-kotott hajo, es szeretnek egy kozos fotot m3gorokiteni, illetve a Kiscsutiba is ismetelten meghivni Oket!

    Kozben Shrek mar otthon, Zsoltiek lassan Athenban.. Bendi es Bence bevasarolt, jonnek lassan a hajora, Gabi este 6kor. Mi pedig fenyesre nyaltuk a hajot a delelott folyaman, aztan meglepve lattuk, hogy a gyongyszem sziget legnagyobb marinajaban nincs zuhanyzo. Egy sem! De persze rendes mooring sem, lehet meg kene csinalni...
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