Windmills in Mykonos
Alright so I am in Romania now. How did I even end up here? Well, last time I was on my way back to Mykonos but only stayed two nights there. As luck would have it the person I was staying with ended up having an emergency. He works for the Hellenic air force and lives in Mykonos and had to leave two days after I got there and because I was staying on the force’s private property, understandably I wasn’t allowed to stay without my host being there. So with about 24 hrs (or less) notice I had to come up with another plan of action. He was feeling awful about the situation as he was the one that invited me, but I believe everything happens for a reason.
So I enjoyed what I could of the time I had there, although most of the second day was spent trying to figure out where I was going to go. Oh and trying to get money from western union that my mom had to send seeing that I lost my bank card. So while he and I had lunch and laptops I tossed around a bunch of different Ideas while checking flights and ferry costs and available routes.He started to chuckle because he said he had never seen some one come up with so many different plans in such a short time and he thought it was weird that I tossed around the idea of countries like someone choosing an outfit for the day. I had become very good at this as I no longer plan too far in advance where I am going next and usually decide a few days before departure. Anyhow by late evening I had a plan!
After sunset last night in Mykonos
Taking a last look at Mykonos after sunset
Until he dropped me off in the city center around 6:30 a.m. the next day, by then the plan changed. I had breakfast and Skyped with my mom until the western union opened, because the day before was a holiday and it was located in the post office I had to wait another day. So after some running around due to change of plans I bought a ferry ticket to Athens, once there I went to a hostel I had stayed at before. I ran a few countries by them in search of some advice. I had to make my way to Hungary where my best friend’s family lives, but knew I wanted to make a stop along the way but didn’t want to visit too many countries en route because I wanted a bit of a break. Finally it was decided I would stop in Romania, where my cousin had a very good friend I had been communicating with who previously had been gracious enough to extend an invite. That was it! Two mornings later I found myself on a 20 hr bus ride to Romania via Bulgaria.
Back in Athens
This bus was filled with some very interesting characters, thankfully the travel gods smiled upon me that day and allowed me to be seated next to one of the few other sane people on board. Okay so I don’t even know what to say about the length of the bus ride except, ahhm, it was long!! However, 20 hours later I was being picked up at the bus station in Romania it was about two something in the morning and at this point I just wanted to sleep, something I was unable to do on the bus.
Categories: Greece, Romania
Tags: Adventure, Athens, Buses, Europe, Ferries, Greece, mykonos, Photography, Plans, Romania, Solo Travel, Travel
In the DJ booth turning the rock bar to reggae!
After a very eventful night in Kos and an invitation to stay the week, seeing that my night scene tour guide was leaving the next day for the UK , he offered his apartment for me to tour the island leisurely. Though this was a great offer and one I would have normally been up for, I had to decline as I already made plans to leave the next day to another island. This day following my night out was a rough one for me. By the time I made it back to my room and collapsed into bed there was a not so gentle knock on my door and a robust bottle blonde, let me know it was time to leave. I had been out all night and morning and it was now 11:30a.m. I was beyond exhausted but managed to scrape up whatever dregs of energy was left or created. So I reluctantly packed up and headed out, well not really out, I left my luggage downstairs and sat in the outdoor area in front of the house. The ferry I needed wasn’t leaving until 8:30 p.m. and I was tired, hungry and hung over! The perfect recipe to create the longest day ever!
Heading to the port in Kos
Oh but it gets better! At one point in the day I manage to make it to an agency to buy my ticket only to realize I don’t have my bank card arghh!! And by didn’t have I don’t mean I left it back at the house, I mean I lost it. Anyhow I purchased it with a credit card which increased the price (they charge extra to use a card) and went back to sit outside the house and suffer through the remaining hours. Luckily I met a lovely young boy from Turkey with Bulgarian heritage who kept my company and helped the time pass and divert attention away from my ill state. He filled me in on his family and heritage and reasons for travel along with a few other stories that I found quite entertaining. He then helped me take my luggage back to the port a few hours later until it was time to board my 7 and a half hour ferry ride to Syros/Siros. A place I had not even heard of before receiving a couch surfing invite that I decided to accept. I decided to not research anything about the island as I just wanted to discover everything in a completely raw way.
Sunrise in Syros
So I arrive in Syros its almost five in the morning and as soon as I disembark, I hear someone call my name and I turn to find myself standing face to face with a very handsome Greek guy who welcomes me to the island. Okay, so this is my host for the next four days? Not bad Jodi, not bad! I decided to try couch surfing after the many great reports I heard from other travelers along the way. I jump on the back of his scooter for a short 3 minute ride to where he stays in the summer, I get settled in and we end up exchanging stories and then decide to go watch the sunrise since we were already up and he was just feet away from the sea. After our rendezvous with the rising sun we then walked to a favorite bakery of his to purchased freshly baked goods for breakfast, which we sit on a bench by the harbor to consume. What a great start to Syros, at this point I am excited for what this island has to offer, but first, I NEED A NAP!
The sunrise spot in the day time
Leaving the sunrise spot