20.05.2011 - 20.05.2011 23 °C
sunrise from the airport
We woke up at 0200, very dark and early. With gathered our things and tiptoed out of the apartment. We got our two cappuccinos and ran to the bus stop as an early night bus was speeding down the street. It was 30 minutes earlier than the one we wanted, but I thought better early than late. The bus was busy and dropped us off 5 minutes later at the main train station. We found where the bus would pick us up and bring us to the airport. We were just settling in for a long wait when an earlier bus (1 hour before the one we wanted to catch) swung by.
We hopped on, we were the only passengers. Shane gave the man a 20 euro bill. He gave him back a 1 euro coin. Then he took that back and gave him a 2 euro coin. Shane looked at him as he babbled in Italian fishing through his pockets. Shane said to him “It’s 14, (he counted 14 fingers) I need 6 (holds up 6 fingers) back. The man looks at him and start nattering and smiling. He gets out a 5 euro bill and hands him a 1 euro coin. Shane gives him back the 2 euro coin. He smiles and laughs and says some more stuff. We sit down. I guess I might try to rip off some unsuspecting tourists at 0300 too.
The bus dropped us off at the airport at 0345. We waited outside until the doors opened at 0400. The check-in counter didn’t open until 0445 and when it did we were waiting. We got a few items for an expensive breakfast and before we even settled in, at 0545 we all jumped in line (yay budget airlines with no assigned seats!) as the people from easyjet showed behind the counter. We took a bus to the airplane and ran for the doors. We got the last two seats together. We watched one episode of the Tudors on the plane. We began our decent shortly thereafter. The guy one seat in front of us, in the middle turned quite rowdy towards the end. He was really getting in his neighbours faces and constantly trying to talk to the attendants. He was clearly very drunk. As we dropped in for the touchdown he starts moving around wildly, pretending to smack his head on the seat in front of him and covering his head like he was bracing for impact. the woman next to us turn in horror and asks “is he DRUNK?!” Shane and I both said “yes, definitely.” So she says to us, “well why didn’t you do anything? He’s not allowed to fly” as though he was our friend and we allowed him to fly. It had just become as obvious to us a few short minutes ago. We gave her a few confused looks and then said “Well, he’s not our responsibility” She just looked away.
We found the metro and paid the ridiculous 14 euros for a train ride into Athens. Our hostel was easy to find and we dropped our bags off. We were very hungary so we asked the reception lady where we could find good food. She gives us a map and points out a few places on it. The map has no street names. After wandering for an hour we finally just sat down in a place that didn’t look to touristy and had a good, but not great meal. Around this time my left foot started to hurt really bad. I had woken up with a pain but it wasn’t to noticeable. It started to swell and I started to limp. The walk back was long and painful. It felt as though my 3rd and 4th toes and the nerves running from them were being smooshed.
We checked into our hostel and picked out our bunks. We grabbed our laundry and took it to the laundromat next door. While we were washing (free laundry soap YES! Shane’s pack came off the flight without ours) we bought two coffee drinks called frappe, iced coffee, sugar and milk frothed up. We talked to a few older travelers, one couple from New Zealand and one from Manitoba for a little while.
When we got back into our room we had a few neighbours. We chatted to Carina (Hi Carina!) in the bunk next to ours for a few hours while we showered and Shane grabbed us dinner. We ate our (super delicious) gyros on our bunk before we left with Carina for a rooftop bar a few blocks away. The bar was a part of our hostel and it had a beautiful view of the Acropolis as the sunset. We drank a couple beers while we chatted about cameras and travel. Around 2130 (keeping in mind we were up at 0200) we left and went back to our room and slept soundly.
Carina took this picture on my camera, good thing she knows what she's doing!