Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hello from Santorini!

I'm writing this from an internet cafe. This is my very first time being in one!

Late last night Lowen booked a flight from Athens to Santorini. We woke up, packed up, showered and left for the train station. Unfortunately the train was much slower than we thought, and by the time we finally got to the airport, the flight was already closed. But the nice lady at the check-in counter was kind enough to call the plane and we had to run to the gate. Thankfully we made it in time. It was only a 20 minute flight, but it was "forbidden" to take pictures at all from the plane. I wasn't very impressed by that at all, because I love taking pictures! We landed and then took a taxi to the little place Lowen found for us to stay at. It's a really cute little place run by some really friendly people, and is very reasonably priced.

Unfortunately though, it's freezing cold here. Well, Lowen and I would disagree about that... he's on Skype right now telling someone it's really warm here. But it definitely isn't beach weather, and I have to always wear a sweater. We're going to try and find a jacket or windbreaker of some sort for tomorrow.

After we checked into our room we went to a cute little restaurant for lunch, then walked around a bit. Unfortunately we were confused by the map and walked the wrong way, and instead of finding some cute shops and restaurants we found pretty much nothing. So we went back to the room and had a nap. We must still be recovering from jet lag, because we meant to sleep for about 30 minutes or so, but ended up waking up 2.5 hours later!

We then went to the little tour place and booked a fun tour for tomorrow on a sweet boat that goes to the caldera. Santorini is an island formed by a massive volcano. There are still some active craters, and there are a bunch of hotsprings in the area. I'm just hoping it warms up a little!

Then we made our way into the more trendy, touristy part and bought some postcards, watched a beautiful sunset, and had some dinner. On the way from the restaurant to the internet cafe, we found a stray dog that befriended us and followed us here. I think he seemed disappointed when we came in here and quit following him.

Oh! And guess what?!? Someone stole my wallet on the train! I was not impressed by that at all! But thankfully it only had my credit cards, minimal cash, and a Cineplex coupon in it. Thankfully most of my cash and passport are safe, as well as my credit card I use for work. I was just super annoyed because I'm normally always so careful about stuff like that!!

Ok, that seems to be my day in a nutshell. We're spending another night here, so I'll try to come back here tomorrow to write more...

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