Powering on Through Mykonos

I suppose one thing we learnt was that if  you’re going to go to both of the greek party islands, Mykonos and Ios, then split them up and go to somewhere chill and nice in between, like Santorini. We went to Mykonos straight after Ios, and it was hard to continue on partying and really enjoy it.

On the day we ferried out to Mykonos I was insanely hung over, the night before had been the night I had gotten way too drunk in Ios. I’m not complaining, Ios was insane and fun and crazy and I don’t regret anything. But being on the ferry while being hung over was very hard. Ferrying to the next party island? Uh yeah, we didn’t think that through. We got to Mykonos fine and I managed to contain my hangover.

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The Ultimate Party Island in Greece – Ios

We had to wake up at 4:30am in Athens to get a 7:15am ferry to Ios, Greece (FYI you pronounce it EE-OSS) because we were nearly an hour out from the port and we had to board the ferry an hour prior. I hate early mornings. When we got to the train we realized the train wasn’t open yet and started freaking out about how we would get to the port, luckily for us the station opened ten minutes after we arrived, so we got on a train and made it to the port fine.

To travel between the greek islands, the best way to do it is to ferry across (It’s not cheap). All of the small islands don’t have airports anyway so you have to fly into Athens or a bigger island (Like Crete) and ferry across to them.

The ferry ride was tiring, it was a long ride (Although not as long as the ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari) and the seats weren’t comfortable at all. I tried sleeping with my legs up on the window sill but that didn’t really work. By the time we got to Ios we were glad to be off the ferry, grabbing our luggage though was a bit of a mission as well because of the mass amounts of people getting off of the ferry. We managed it okay with nothing lost, we then found the person holding the sign that had the name of our hostel, Francesco’s, on it and asked them if we were able to get a ride with them up as we hadn’t organised a transfer from the ferry to the hostel. Luckily for us there was room and it was all fine.

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Walking Through History in Athens

After partying for a week in Budapest, Alesha, Alicia and I arrived in Athens, Greece at night and took the metro to the apartment we were staying in. Aleisha had gone on to Greece a few days before Alesha and I left Budapest as Aleisha wanted to see different parts of Greece and it was the one country that she was dying to see and spend more of her time in.

I had somehow hurt my ankle in Budapest, I remembered rolling it off of a tram track (I was not drunk at the time either! Just clumsily crossing the road…) and thinking nothing of it but a few days later I was finding it incredibly hard to walk on it. So walking with a 18kg backpack on a sore ankle was excruciating. That is definitely something I don’t want to experience again…

The apartment we were staying in was very nice, it was modern, clean and had air conditioning which was great because Athens was hot.

The first day we all went out to find food but it turned out the cafe’s and restaurants near us didn’t have any English menus… So we ended up at the bakery, the sandwiches we got were actually really yummy and pretty cheap. We bought groceries to make lunch and dinner though which ends up cheaper and nicer since we could make whatever we wanted. Europe also has very cheap grocery stores called Lidl, and there was one around the corner from us so everything worked out perfectly.

Alicia and I then ventured out to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and whatnot, Alesha decided to stay home because she was still sick from Budapest and wanted to get better. We had tried to find an open doctor or hospital for her to see someone and for me to get my ankle looked at but everything was closed as it was a weekend.

The Parthenon was very cool and interesting, but the super hot day sucked for it and my ankle made it very uncomfortable for me. So I got exhausted quickly and I don’t think I enjoyed the end of the day as much as I could have. I was still super excited to see everything though.

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