#Greece

Top of the Acropolis
Top of the Acropolis

Greece is very diverse from place to place. You have very touristy things like the Acropolis in Athens and Oia in Santorini. You also have things like the refugee crisis in Kos.¬† In Athens, you don’t hear much about the tourist crowds on the Acropolis, though.

Acropolis Crowds
Acropolis Crowds
Acropolis Scaffolding
Acropolis Scaffolding

I liked Athens because I got to play with my Greek friend Costadinos. We had lots of fun together. I am very grateful for the time we had on the playground. I also got to see the Parthenon. It was very crowded and partly covered in scaffolding, but it was still amazing. It was so old but still standing, and so tall and just simply amazing. It also had some huge statues on the roof.

View from Ferry to Santorini
View from Ferry to Santorini

As we set off for Santorini, we boarded the Blue Star Delios. We took a seat in some chairs and I did school work. We ate at a cafe around the corner. I had a sandwich. I liked the boat, but it was all over too soon. We had already arrived in Santorini.

In Santorini I swam in our hotel’s pool and in the ocean. In the pool I dived for coins. Sometimes the coins would fall deep in the bottom, where I often couldn’t reach! I would climb down Mom’s leg and grab them from the bottom. I also swam in the ocean. I flew when dad threw me. I got very high!

Famous Blue Domes in Oia
Famous Blue Domes in Oia

I did a lot more in Santorini. One day we hiked to a rock outside of Imerovigli for sunset. It was quite a trek. It was worth it for the sunset, though. One day we went to Oia. We had amazing views of the ocean. We also took lots of pictures of the famous blue domes. Later we had some ice cream. On the same day that we went to the ancient Akrotiri, we also saw a Venetian castle. It seemed to have been transformed into a museum. It contained lots of Greek bagpipes. They were made of a goat skin, a cow horn, and two reeds on Santorini. The pipe varied from island to island. One of the pipes looked like a snake head.

Bagpipe Demonstration
Bagpipe Demonstration

We tasted wine, too. I was even able to get a sip of each. My favorite was the dessert wine (of course). In Greece, people start tasting wine when they are five or six. Woah! That’s young! We just missed the barefoot grape stomping for this year. Aww man! We had a great time at the winery. We even took a bottle with us!

Sleeping on the Ferry to Kos
Had to climb to get to bed!

Soon we were back on the sea again with the Blue star 2. This time we got a cabin and slept the whole way. It felt very short. The boat left at 12:50 A.M. That’s very late! We got to sleep for about five hours before we had to wake up to get off at Kos.

When we got off at Kos, dad took a walk and when he came back he had something to show mom and I. We saw the refugees in and around their tents. This made me sad.

The ferry to Bodrum was next. This was quite boring, but it was all worth it for the next fun adventure.

Chaos in Kos

There are no photos in this post because I believe it’s wrong to take pictures of other people’s suffering.

Woken up abruptly in a shake, I refused to get up. The only reason I did get up was because Dad had something important to show me.

We turned the corner and next to us was three tents, which looked only big enough for two people each. We walked down the street and saw the dinghies that the Syrian refugee¬† came on. The ones that weren’t sunk and below the surface were loaded and filled with trash. They appeared to only hold five people. Another street was filled with tents and Syrian refugees.

We explored a dock in the harbor. There was a banner talking about stray cats and dogs dying of starvation, but there are much more important issues in life. I experienced them in person, not on TV, or radio, but I actually saw it for myself. It is a trophy for the refugees just to get to Kos.

It makes me cry!