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Ferry to here today...12:15pm
Bon & I went on a hike in Syros before the ferry...see photos.
Ferry to Mykonos, short trip only one stop - Thios. Off the boat and immediately accosted by at least 5 women trying to convince us their accommodation was right for us. When it became clear we were most concerned about price and 3 beds/same room the field dropped to 2! One gal, Maria, persisted and made it clear we would not find ANYTHING at $10 euros/person especially looking for something with 3 beds in one room. As it turned out she won the day offering to transport us to the ferry leaving every day at 2:15pm for Athens. She's a talker! During the short 15 min ride we learned that the place we would stay at was the family home site and the only reason they could make it work was that the whole family, 2 sisters (she 36, other 21 - studying PT in Athens), one brother (32), mom & pop, all worked at it. Politicians have ruined their country by stealing from the public and they should never have joined the euro. She now had a boyfriend (a teacher) who she felt might be a good person ('not many men of good character on the island'). She feels very lucky to have been born here, she loves this island. However, even though many very educated, clever youth are here, there are no jobs so they are all leaving.
The conversation went so fast she even commented on the fact that Greek people love to talk and be careful if you make a Greek woman angry, she will 'talk your head off'! It was like she was in hyper-speech she crammed so much into such a short time. Incredible!
Their place is called Studio Eleni
and a very nice family indeed!
Before we knew it we were sitting in the room after she left and I felt like a whirlwind had just gone leaving me exhausted and laughing happily at the same time. She'd given us a real break in price if the posting on the door was at all accurate...high season this room is supposed to go for $170 euros, low season $75 euros. We are paying $40.
Walking around town there are painters everywhere, plus plasterers, and all sorts of other activity related to maintanence/walkway repair preparing for the coming 'season...this place lives on tourism ONLY! Right now I'd say only 20% of the businesses are open, most walkways are totally deserted. We even had trouble finding a travel agency open where we could buy ferry tickets onward - then to Crete via Athens. Likewise, when we asked about Delos we were told regular trips don't start until April 15. When we went down to the old port, however, a fellow said we could go tomorrow at 9am! We shall see.
We found a travel agent who told us the 'daily' ferry to Piraeus does not go on Saturday, only one at 7:30am! Got those tickets which puts us into Rafina port not Piraeus so we'll have to take a bus/train to Piraeus.