There’s a lot to talk about since I last wrote in the blog. The biggest subject was my ferry trip from Italy to Greece. It all went as planned, I boarded at five and the ferry left the harbor at eight. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really like the water in all forms. Whether it’s swimming in a pool, fishing in a lake, skiing on a river, or on a ship in an ocean, it doesn’t matter, I love it. Since the boat took off so late, there wasn’t a lot to see until the morning, but I had met a few people in the terminal so I had people to talk to. It was kind of surprising how this one guy was able to make friends with so many people. He’s an American that is from Iran, and he just has a way of meeting people, and because of him we had a small group that hung out that night, and by the next day he just about doubled the group with new people.
Unlike my ferry ride from Helsinki to Stockholm that I did last year when I bought a ticket without a seat, this time I paid extra for what they called an airseat (whatever that means) so at least could save myself from sleeping on the deck. I digress. The ferry ride was fun, I had people to talk to, and from the time I woke up until the time we docked I had a great view of the Greek islands as they went past. I don’t think I could have enjoyed it any more.
I got so mesmerized by the vibrant blue of the water, most of the photos that I took were of just water… can you tell?
So now I’m in Athens. I’ve been here for a few hours and although my hotel is on the opposite side of the Acropolis that I was on the last time I was here, everything pretty much looks like it did when I spent my spring break a few years back. I’m walking around like I’m visiting my old home city, “I bought my t-shirt from that shop.” “I don’t remember that shop being here, I wonder if it’s new?” “ I also remember the shop that I bought my souvenir from, and the guy that worked there. I remember because he had a lazy eye, and his shop had hardwood floors. I felt like I needed to go and say hello… obviously I didn’t. It was just fun remembering.
Tomorrow I have to figure out where I’m going to go next. I’m staying in the hotel for two nights, but I don’t think I’m going to do a lot of sightseeing in Athens. What I really want to do is travel around Greece, maybe find some small town on the river and stay there for a few days, swim, and generally just take it easy before I fly out of Athens in about 10 days. So that’s my goal for tomorrow, find a town to go to.