Burano: The Most Colourful Town in Europe

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We found out about via Pinterest and Instagram photos and when we saw how colourful and unique this little island was, we knew we had to pay it a visit.

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Check out our video to see just how colourful it really is!

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Burano is about an hours ferry ride from the main island of Venice, you have to take a ferry from the main station where you get off the train to Murano first, then from there you switch ferries and jump on one going to Burano. It’s totally worth the day trip. To really get a feel for Venice we highly recommend checking out some of the other surrounding islands. We wish we would have visited a few others but Burano was a nice break from the business that is Venice. Because Venice is so touristy it almost lacks that ‘Italian‘ feel but we definitely found it on Burano. It was probably our favourite day spent in Italy.

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Why We’re Still in Manitoba

This post is going to be more on the personal side. I’ve been trying to decided whether or not to write this post and go public with what we’re dealing with right now. I figured that if there was any place to write about it, it would be right here on the blog; where we share not only our travels but our experiences and our lives.

Lately we’ve been very behind on blog posts and our weekly Vlogs and it’s not because we’ve lost interest, or that we can’t commit enough of our time, or that we’ve become lazy when it comes to editing and writing. It’s because recently my Dad has been seriously sick.

A month ago, and in a matter of seconds, my world was flipped completely upside down.

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Two days after we landed here in Canada, my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Most people who know me pretty well, will know that my Dad is my favourite person in the entire world and has always been the rock of the family and the big personality that always keeps us laughing. So it’s been a tough few weeks adjusting to the news and trying to figure out where we go from here.

He has been in and out of hospital since, going through tests and waiting games trying to find out what kind of tumour he has. It is now a month later and we still have no definite prognosis. A little over a week ago he had a brain biopsy; all went well and at the moment we are still waiting on the final results.

Now this is where things get a little weird. Our lives have literally turned into an episode of House. A few days ago the Infectious Diseases team was brought onto my Dads case because the doctors are actually scratching their heads at what is going on in his brain.

My Dad is surprisingly better since the brain biopsy. He’s almost back to normal and no one knows why. Oncology says that it’s not characteristic of a brain tumour and are leaning away from any aggressive type of cancer. Neuro says that the tumour actually looks better when they compared his scans from the beginning of September to the scans that were done a week ago. And everyone – the nurses, the aids, the doctors – are really surprised at how much he’s improved. Total House episode am I right?

Right now we’re all just happy that at least some of the worst case scenarios have been somewhat ruled out. That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet. We still have a long way to go, considering there is still something in my Dads brain. But yesterday he was discharged from the hospital so we’re just taking it one day at time, waiting on those biopsy results, and extremely relieved he is home and doing much better than a couple weeks ago.

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As for Will and I’s long term plans, we’re still hoping to move west to Alberta (sooner rather than later) but won’t be going anywhere until we know my Dad will be ok. For now we’re spending our time with my family, keeping my dad company when he was in the hospital, and exploring Winnipeg and the area around where my parents live.

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If you’ve made it this far, Thank You for reading/listening and we hope you keep following along with our adventures.

What’s the Plan Now?

So just like that we were back in England. Our Euro Trip is over. And it’s on to the next country.

If you’ve been following us for a while, or you’ve met us along the way, you’ll know that we manage to travel like we do because we move around on work visas. We like to choose places close to where we’d like to do our next big trip. For example, we choose New Zealand a) because it was close to Australia and easy to get a work visa; and b) because we wanted to travel South East Asia and it was easier and cheaper to get there if we stayed in the Southern Hemisphere. And we chose England because a) I wanted to see the country itself and b) we wanted to backpack Europe, which was so much more cost efficient to do from England then from across the pond or on from the other side of the world.

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{ Australia }

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New Zealand to S.E. Asia

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England to Europe

Last year, back when we decided to head for England, we had made a bit of a compromise. At the time Will had no desire to return home, so we made a deal that, if we spent the year in England, we would then head to Canada next.

So without further ado, the next country we will be exploring and calling home is …

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This time though, our reasoning for where to go next, is a little bit different. We’ve chosen Canada not only because of the next trip we want to do (which, by the way, is to do a massive road trip from coast to coast in both Canada and the US and then head north to where I was brought up in the NWT) but because it is where we want to start putting down some permanent roots, i.e. saving for a house, starting a retirement fund, etc – things we are well aware will matter years down the line. Mind you our house might just be camper van for a while and we have no intention of slowing down on our travels or hanging up our backpacks; *If that ever changes, somebody please slap us*. We don’t think there will ever be day where we decide our backpacks are no longer needed or that travelling is no longer our top priority.

The process for Will to be able to live and work in Canada is a bit longer and more complicated then any of our other visa’s, and we’re going a much different route than the others. But, if all goes well, he will have a more permanent status in Canada, which is what we’re aiming for because like we said, we looking to put down some roots.

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In the mean time, we are living in Manitoba and planning to move west into Alberta.

If anyone has and tips or recommendations for things to do or places we should visit in Canada or the US, please let us know! We’d be happy to hear from you 🙂

Europe : The Last 10 Days

And just like that, our Europe trip is over.

The last 10 days of our Europe travels went by so fast that we barely had any time to process where we were going or what we were doing. But we’ll do our best to catch you up. We left off our last post when we were on our way to Venice, so that’s where we’ll pick up from. Get ready, cause it’s gunna be a long one.

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What was supposed to be only two days in Venice, turned into five. We fell in love with the city and just felt like two days wasn’t enough.

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We spent our days wandering the canals, getting lost down all the tiny little streets, sipping cappuccinos while watching locals and tourists go about their business, eating gelato, and searching for the best Italian good we could find. But it wasn’t until Burano, a small island about an hours ferry ride from the main island of St Lucia, known for its colourfulness, that we finally found the quality food we couldn’t find else where.

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Burano was probably the highlight of our time in Venice. The island of Venice itself is very very touristy, even though the scenery is amazing, the atmosphere looses a bit of its touch. But on Burano that’s not the case. It does have it fair share of tourists but all in all it just felt a lot more, like we were in Italy.

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Days 74 – 77

From Venice we jumped on a night bus to Zurich, Switzerland. It was only an 8 hour bus ride, which to some might be long, but by taking a night bus it saves us money on one nights accommodation, plus pretty much gives us extra days in places because we get there early in the morning and leave late at night.

Our plan the whole time was to spend at least a week in Switzerland, rent a car and drive around. Buuuut, things don’t always go to plan, as we all know too well, so we only ended up spending two days in Switzerland and those two days were in Zurich.

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{ It may not look like much, but these were hands down some of the best meals we had on the whole trip. Left: Zurcher Geschnetzeltes with potato rosti, Right: Local beef dish with a curry sauce, we can’t remember the name of. }

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The only reason we really went to Zurich was to go to the Open Air Festival to see Mumford and Sons. Yes, that’s a long way just for a band; Yes, it was a lot of money just for a band; Yes, it was totally worth it!

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They were amazing!

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{ Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo }

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love Mumford and Sons. Considering how little they do concerts (especially in Canada), its safe to say i’d consider travelling around the world just to see them. So jumping on a night bus just for the festival really wasn’t a question at all.

It’s definitely in the Top 3 as far as highlights of the whole trip go.

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{ Before Mumford and Sons and During Mumford and Sons }

Sadly, after I wrote this, there was a problem with Will’s phone when we took it to Apple to be fixed and we ended up loosing all of our footage and photos from the show (as well as photos and videos from our time back in England and our travels to Canada). All that’s left is the few photos that I saved from our Instagram story 😦

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Days 77 – 79

The morning after the festival we jumped on another bus, this time heading to Munich. Again we were only there two nights but caught a night bus out, which gave us about three days in the city.

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We were in Munich last year for Okotberfest and absolutely loved the city and we really wanted to go back before leaving Europe. Plus my friend Jackie, who I met in Australia, was living close to Munich and we wanted to catch up while we were in the same area.

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Oh, and Will really wanted one last Pork Knuckle.

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Days 79 – 83

After Munich we headed for Amsterdam via another night bus. Like a broken record, we once again only stayed two nights, but because we were catching an over-night ferry we basically had three days.

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Amsterdam pretty much brought us full circle on our Eurotrip. It was our last stop before we headed back to England and put us back in Western Europe.

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Taking the ferry from Amsterdam to Newcastle was actually the cheapest way for us to cross over. But it was no where near as cheap as it was for us to get from England to Europe. In the end we actually came out even because Will turned 20 Euros into 120 Euros on roulette in the casino on the ferry.

The ferry crossing was extremely smooth, considering it is notorious for being quite a rough journey. We arrived into Newcastle at 9:00 am on August the 29th, making the total trip 83 days.

So there you go, our big trip of 2017 is finished. We lasted 83 days, visited 11 countries, 23 cities, 7 islands, crossed 19 borders, took 17 buses, 11 ferries, 5 trains, 1 flight and crossed 4 things off of our Bucket List.

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Europe So Far: Day 39 – 68 

Alright, so as you can tell or if you haven’t caught on yet, we are way behind on our blog posts – like stupidly behind. So I am going to catch you up the quick way and easy way –Our Vlogs.

Our last post caught you up to Naxos, which was ages ago! Since then we hopped over to Mykonos, then on to Santorini where we stayed for four days.

From Santorini we stopped on Milos to cut up the long ferry journey back to Athens. We were only on the island two nights and one full day but completely fell in love. We wish we could have stayed there long but it’ll be first on our list of places to visit next time we’re in Greece.

From there we went back to Athens to get over to Zakynthos (a very, very, touist-y island, over populated with Brits on holiday), which is just off the west side of mainland Greece.

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We spent two days there and really only went to check out Shipwreck Beach; I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos all over Pinterest and Instagram.

We then hopped back over to the mainland where we ended up in Patras, one of Greece’s biggest cities and a major port town. We stayed here two nights, while we tried to figure out how we were going to get into Croatia. First we thought we’d go by bus. Then we thought we go by ferry over to Italy and then another ferry back over into Croatia. But in the end we ended up flying out of Athens to Dubrovnik. It worked out about the same price and was a lot less hassle.

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{ Bus, Ferry, Flying }

Oh yeah, and while we were in Patras, after we booked out flight, Will was taking the drone out to drain the battery (which you have to do before you fly) and we had a bit of an accident *insert very annoyed face here*. It’s not massively damaged, but just enough so that we had to send it back to DJI for repair. We think it was a malfunction with the drone itself because it was acting a bit strange the day before but we’re not 100% sure. We’ll have to wait and see what the analysis team says.

So, we flew to Dubrovnik, where we sent the drone via post back to DJI for repair. This whole situation put quite the damper on the next few days. We were frustrated about the drone, stressed because we are running out of money and Croatia wasn’t as cheap as we were hoping it would be, tired of unpacking and packing our bags every couple of days and just all around feeling down.

Originally we thought we’d wait out the repair process in Croatia, since we were originally told the whole process would only take 7-10 days. It’s now been 9 days and they’ve just started the process yesterday. We’re not impressed.

Fast forward to today. We left Split Tuesday evening (August 15th) on a night bus heading to Venice. We’ve now been here two days. We’ve regrouped, fought off our blues, re-arranged our plans, come to terms that we are without our drone for the time being and that we won’t be able to simply wait around for it to be fixed, booked flights to where we will be settling for the next year or so to save up for the next big adventure (separate post for that coming soon), and simply trying to enjoy the time we have left here in Europe.

Travel isn’t always easy, if it were easy it wouldn’t be as rewarding as it is. You just have to learn to roll with the punches, accept that some things are out of your control and just go with it. We would never had gotten to where we are if we just gave up every time we ran into some hard patches. And hard patches will come, you can’t avoid them, every traveller knows that – we just make the most of it and move on.

And that’s that. From Venice, I think we’re going to go up to Munich and stay there for a couple of days. I have a friend who’s from a town close to Munich, and i’d love to catch up with her before leaving Europe. Plus we were there for Oktoberfest last year, loved the city and wanted to go back ever since. Hostel prices are more affordable for us than to go up into Switzerland, which was our original plan. After Croatia we wanted to go into Switzerland and rent a car, but it’s very, very expensive, so what’s left of our money won’t go very far.

We’ve also been recommended a few places in the Netherlands to visit (other than Amsterdam) by our friend we’ve met up with here in Venice (Thanks Joey!), they should be cheaper and less touristy which is just what we’re looking for right now. So we may head over there after Munich.

But who knows, our plans can change at the drop of a hat. If you don’t know this already, we are indecisive as f**k, change our minds so quickly, and like to do things last-minute. It’s all part of our Adventure. So stay tuned to see where we end up next!

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Europe Day 36 – 39: Naxos

When we started island hopping around Greece, we really had no set plan on where we were going, what islands we were going to visit or how long we would stay in Greece. All we had was a list of places we wanted to go/see.

So, when we got to Paros, we had no onward journey booked and we didn’t even know what island we were going to go to next. We just started looking for the cheapest accommodation and ferry prices for surrounding islands, and that’s how we ended up on Naxos.

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Naxos is less than an hours ferry ride from Paros, it’s relatively the same in personality, same in price for food and accommodation, but it slightly bigger than its neighbour.

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On the morning of the 16th (July) we caught the ferry over to Naxos. One thing we’ve quickly learnt is that the ferries in Greece are almost always late and this ferry was no exception, it was nearly 45 minutes late! Good thing we weren’t in a rush!

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But anyway, we arrived into Naxos by noon and were greeted by our hotels shuttle service. Although the hotel wasn’t far from the port, it was a nice change not to have to walk uphill and in the blaring sun with our backpacks.

We stayed at Soula Apartments, where we originally booked two beds in a dorm room but somehow got lucky and were given a private double room; which we weren’t going to complain about. Our apartment was only a couple of minutes from the beach, shops, restaurants and the main area of town. So of course and per usual, once we were checked-in we dropped our bags, changed into our swimmers, and headed out for some lunch and the beach. Needless to say we spent our first day on the island lounging on the beach.

It was on Naxos that we found our favourite restaurant. They had the most garlic-y tzatziki ever! It was sooooo good, we ate there for nearly every meal, no joke. It was called Gyro Gryo, it was in the little square not far from our hotel, it really doesn’t look like anything special but trust us, we highly recommend anyone heading to Naxos to go to this little spot. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

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Our second day, and first full day on the island we – surprise, surprise – slept in *insert shocked faces here*, grabbed some late breakfast from a little cafe and walked over to the Temple of Apollo (or Apollo’s Gate), which is by the port in the town of Naxos (only a 10-15 minute walk from our hotel).

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We’re not sure of the history because there isn’t any information at the site itself but it’s not much of a temple anymore. The only thing left standing is a door like structure, surrounded by large stones which once must have made up the rest of the temple. It’s really quite cool to see though, and very picturesque.

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Can you guys guess what we did next?

Yeah … we went to the beach.

Because Naxos is bigger than Paros, the main town doesn’t really have the same small village feel. So instead of wandering little passage ways and getting lost down cobble stone streets, we spent our time at the beach, soaking up as much of the Greek sun as possible.

We spent the evening sipping cocktails, editing, and watching the sunset while sitting by the beach. It’s really starting to feel like our time in Greece is a holiday rather than a backpacking trip. We could get used to this.

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A short walk from the beach was an abandoned restaurant. We had seen several people up there so on our last day on the island we decided to head up to it and have a look around.

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The restaurant must have been pretty nice, and we can’t imagine why it would have closed because the views the place offers are so nice! There really wasn’t much to explore but we walked around what we could. Later that evening we had dinner by the beach and asked the waitress why it was left to ruin but she or her boss didn’t know. Our guess is that it might have been during Greeces economic crash, but we’ll never know.

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Oh yeah, it was on Naxos that we bought our drone. We had been humming and huhhing for months before our trip about whether or not to fork out the money and in the end decided against it. But, after further thinking, we decided to just do it. The way we see it, it’s an investment into our passion for photography, travel and showing people the places we explore.

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We got the DJI Mavic Pro, it shoots in 4k or less, should you wish, the thing pretty much flies itself and the views we are now able to capture are unreal. We’re in love.

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Trying to figure out where we would go from Naxos was tough. We wanted to get to both Mykonos and Santorini but both were proving a) expensive to get to; b) expensive to stay in and c) in opposite directions from Naxos. In the end we chose to head to Mykonos from Naxos but only booked a hotel for two nights because it was too expensive to stay our usual 3 nights. We did manage to book an early ferry from Naxos to Mykonos though, which in the end, pretty much gave us two full days. We’ll then head straight for Santorini after Mykonos, but more on that in the next post.

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Europe Day 33 – 36: Paros

From Athens we started island hoping in the Cyclades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, southeast of Athens/mainland Greece. Our first stop was Paros, a small island, about four hours by slow boat from Athens.

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We’d say Paros is a good introduction to Greek island life and island hopping. It’s small, yet big enough to explore by scooter, atv, or buggy, you can eat great food for cheap, it has nice beaches, and it’s not horribly touristy.

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We caught a very early morning ferry from Athens which put us on to Paros pretty early in the day, giving us nearly three full days on the island. We stayed at Paros backpackers, a hostel just a stones throw away from the beach, and only a couples minutes walk from town and the port.

We spent our first day (the day we arrived to the island) relaxing at the beach and at the pool the hostel shared with its neighbouring hotel, and planning what we’d do for the next two days.

For our second day we rented a buggy and went to the town of Naoussa; a seaside town on the northeast side of the island; only a 20 minute drive from Paros. Renting a buggy wasn’t the greatest idea, in hindsight we should have just rented a quad or scooter. We rented through the hostel, so ended up with a sketchy, run down buggy that had no reverse and the hand brake didn’t work. Lesson learnt though – Don’t rent vehicles through your hostel. But in the end we managed to make it to Naoussa unscathed.

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Naoussa is such a picturesque little place and in our opinion better than the main town of Paros. It’s full of restaurants, bars, shops and fishing boats. We visited early in the day, so a lot of the restaurants and bars weren’t open and the town was quiet – just the way we like it. We walked around, taking photos, window shopping, wandering the stone streets, and just really enjoying the fact that we were in Greece.

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By mid afternoon I needed a coffee and we both needed food so we found a cafe with comfy couches on the water front, where we just chilled out for the afternoon, watching travellers meander around and locals go about their business.

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Our third and final day was spent wandering around the main town of Paros. We had breakfast at the cutest little place, in the more touristy area of Paros, overlooking the sea. This is where I had the best greek yogurt breakfast by far. It came with fresh fruit, walnuts and honey; I’m not sure what was different about that yogurt, and I’ve had the same thing in many places since, but it was SOOO good! The place was called Ballo Cafe, it’s a bit hidden but worth looking for.

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We spent the rest of the day wandering and getting lost down the narrow streets, eating gyros and tons of tzatziki, relaxing in cafes, watching the ferries come and go, planning out our route, choosing what island we would go to next and just taking in the island. We were so happy to finally be in the Greek islands.

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To us, Paros is quintessentially Greek … well, what we and I’m sure other travellers, think of as Greek. With white washed buildings, streets made of stone and outlined in white paint, narrow alleys with shops tucked into every corner, and greek taverns serving meals next to the sea. It was a great start to our Island Hopping part of this trip.

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Europe Day 30 – 33: Athens 

So, we’re starting our Greece travels here in Athens. We’re only here for a couple of days to organize our island hoping. That, and we couldn’t come to Greece and not come to Athens.

First thoughts: it was cheaper than I thought it was going to be. We managed to eat for around 15 euros a night on average. I was so excited for Greek food, you have no idea; Will on the other hand had never really had true Greek food, but quickly grew to love it just as much. You can eat so fresh in Greece, and OMG the tzatziki! So far Athens has actually been the cheapest in Greece for food (we’ve currently already hit 3 islands by the time you’re reading this.)

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We were in Athens 3 full days, the first day we arrived we were absolutely knackered from our 25 hour journey the day before, so we just took it easy, had a nap/siesta and then wandered the area we were staying in. The rest of the time we spent planning which islands we are going to visit and just exploring the city.

Oh yeah, and it was HOT in athens, like high 30’s almost 40. The day we went to the acropolis, was the hottest.

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{ Check out those sweat marks! }

We went to the acropolis on our third day in Athens. Naturally we woke up late (of course) so by the time we started walking up to it it was around 12pm and starting to hit the hottest part of the day. When we reach the ticket office the que was long but we waited anyway, about 30 minutes, which really wasn’t that bad. But when we got to the ticket desk the lady kindly informed us that the acropolis would be closing at 1 because of the heat wave (it was 12:30) and would reopen at 5. It was already 37 degrees! So after walking up there and all that sweating we returned to the hostel to wait until 5.

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Of course we ‘siesta’ed’ – we could really get used to this Greek time. What’s Greek time? For us it means having the morning to do stuff until about 2pm when a lot of places shut close for the afternoon (a lot of Europe calls this a Siesta, which is Spanish for taking a short nap), having lunch, retiring to the room or the pool or the beach depending on where we are, until about 6, then heading back out to see or do some more stuff and then having a late dinner while watching the sunset. Why the rest of the world hasn’t adopted Greek time, I have no idea but I have a feeling parts of the world might be a bit happier if they got to nap in the afternoons every day.

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Anyway around 5:30 we wandered back up to the acropolis. The damn thing was full of scaffolding! And according to my parents who were there in the 80’s and again a couple years ago, it had scaffolding in/around it every time/ has always had it. Luckily if you head to the opposites side of where you enter, there isn’t much and you can manage to get some good photos.

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We tried hanging around when it started to close, to get some good photos with no body in them. But once the clock turned 8pm they really usher you out of there, we really had no chance.

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We went over to Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill), about 2 minutes from the Acropolis; where we and plenty of others, sat and watched the sun go down over Athens.

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Around 6 seems to be a good time to visit the acropolis, it’s not crowded and you won’t wait in line long to get in.
Athens is a great teaser of what the rest of Greece is going to be like; hot, busy, a lot of old ruins and history, great food and wonderful views. But now we can’t wait to get to the islands and spend some much needed time on the beach.

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Once again, don’t forget to go watch our videos on YouTube for more on what we’ve gotten up to.

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Europe : Day 27 – 30

We’re in Greece! EEK! We’re super stoked about it and can’t wait to hit the Islands. But boy was it hard to get here!

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We decided to head down to Greece when we were in Budapest but were humming and huh-ing about how to get here. After some researching and googling we were pretty frustrated, because as it turns out … it’s not that easy to get to Greece from Budapest for cheap.

In the end we decided to go through Romania then down into Bulgaria and then into Greece from there. But what we didn’t expect was that we’d do most of it within 24 hours.

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We got to Romania Friday and then left Sunday morning; like EARLY Sunday morning. Literally nothing was booked when we left the hostel at 5:30am that Sunday morning. All we knew was that we wanted to get a bus to Sofia, Bulgaria, catch a train to Thessaloniki, Greece, than catch another train to Athens.

So, we rocked up to the very quiet, very empty, coach station in Bucharest at about 6 am, half asleep, looking lost and wondering how we were supposed to buy our tickets. Luckily some man, who ended up being the bus driver, saw us and in broken English we managed to buy our way onto the bus. Although we’re pretty sure the guy just pocketed the money and let us on, because we didn’t get any tickets or proof of purchase.

Bucharest to Sofia by bus takes about 6.5 hours so we arrived around 1:00pm. As luck would have it the bus station and the train station are seconds from each other, so we only had to walk across the road to get to where we needed to be to catch the train.

We bought our tickets for the 3:00pm train to Athens, although it wasn’t a straight journey. The first leg was on a train from Sofia to a place called Kulata, a tiny tiny town on the Bulgarian side of the Greek border. The train was old, rusted, smelly, and covered with graffiti. It really looked like something you’d find abandoned on railroad tracks that are no longer in use.

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This part of the journey was the worst I think. During the entire 6 and a bit hour journey, the very, very hot sun was shining directly onto the side of the train where all of the seats were. There were no curtains, no air con, and the air that came in through the window was just as hot as the air in cabin. So for the time that we were on this train, we might as well have been in a sauna. Oh yeah, and we only brought one large bottle of water with us, because we’ve only ever needed one bottle on previous trains/buses, forgetting that those other journeys weren’t done in 40 degree heat.

Anyway, when we arrived to Kulata we had to get off the train and onto a bus that took us over the border. Once across the border and in Greece we were dropped at a small rural train station and told to wait. Luckily there were about 20 other people all on the same journey as us, other wise we would have been very skeptical of the whole experience.

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By this time we were drenched in sweat and now out of water. The train station we were at was just a small building and some train tracks that honestly didn’t look that used. Needless to say there was nowhere to buy water and as desperate as we were, we weren’t willing to drink the water out of the sketchy tap on the side of the building. By this time it was about 8pm but we still had another 10 hours on the train to go; we weren’t due into Athens until 6:00am.

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When the train finally arrived (nearly two hours late) we were happily surprised, the train was definitely an upgrade from the last one; comfy-ish seats and air con!

Now fast forward 10 hours and we safely arrived into Athens. It was about half past 6 in the morning when we got to the hostel;  once again, sweaty, half asleep and looking lost. We weren’t able to check in until 1pm so we found some couches and passed the fuck out. Fortunately we think the person working the desk felt bad for us because they let us into our room around 11.

And now here we are. Or rather there we were. By the time you’re reading this we’ll be on Paros, an island 4 hours south east of Athens by ferry.

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Total cost from Bucharest, Romania to Athens : € 88.00 Euro /  € 44.00 euros Each. 

Total time in transit : 25 hours 

 

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Friday Favourites 

1. Derby Chocolate Bars 

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Hands down the best chocolate we’ve ever found abroad. And we’ve just discovered today that there are different varieties!

 

2. Greek Yogurt Bar 

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Just like a frozen yogurt bar where you can choose your own toppings except with fresh, traditional Greek yogurt. I like mine with black cherry compote

 

3. The Acropolis 

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Another check off the Bucket List

 

4. Polar Steps App 

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This is the coolest app we’ve found in a long time. We heard about it from a guy we met in one of our hostels, and it’s proving quite useful. We like to keep track of our total amount of kms we’ve covered since we started travelling and this app can do it for you.

 

5. The food in Greece. 

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O.M.G. The tzatziki, the gyros, the fresh Greek salads, the souvlaki, we are in heaven!