We had to wake up early today, have a quick breakfast at the sea view roof terrace and catch ferry to the Greek island Samos! The weather was great and the waves very high, so our boat trip was going to be interesting. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Samos, but because of the stormy weather it took us more than 2 hours. Not a problem at all, I love being on the water and I even spotted a dolphin!
An hour before noon we arrived at Vathy in Greece, a nice hillside village with the typical small streets and white houses. We walked all the way up the hill and were greeted by the friendly Greeks. After 2 hours we were already a little sunburned. This must have been the hottest day so far, so we decided to look for a beach. We had spent so many days in the close proximity of clear water and didn’t have time to swim yet. This had to change of course! We found a peddle beach outside the village with only 4 other people, nice and quiet! On the other side of the bay you could see a pretty bad fire getting worse and worse. They told us it was quite common in the summer. We had a swim, the water felt great and spent some time relaxing at the beach. Our boat would depart at 5 pm, so we only had an afternoon to discover Samos. Way to little time of course, but we got a good impression nonetheless.
On the way back we waves were even higher, so I was surprised no one had gotten sick. Unfortunately, I could feel my cheeks burning and my lips started to hurt really bad. I didn’t know then that by night that same day I would look like a tomato and would wake up in the middle of the night with a nice Zulu-lip…Sunburned… Our bazaar neighbour even informed me of the following when we walked back to the hotel at night: “Ah you look different, you burnt haha!”….great… :)
Really a great day and since we had both never been to a Greek island before, it was nice to get an impression of one as well. At night we walked along most of the many many bazaars in the centre and bought gifts for everyone at home and some for ourselves as well of course! I got myself a nice water pipe, but I don’t know if I’ll ever use it.