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Early on the morning of the second day in Greece, Victoria and I woke up and headed to the ferry station to get tickets for our ride to Mykonos. Unfortunately, the fast ferry was sold out except for business class and the only regular tickets left were for the slow ferry. We made the poor decision to save some money and take the slow ferry. Never, ever again will I do that. Our ferry was 5 terrible hours. Once we got to Mykonos, we were bombarded with locals who had rooms and hotels for rent.Greece 058

   Vic and I were the epitome of backpack chic.

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Our other two friends Mollie and Caitlin were on the SAS trip to Mykonos so they had hotels and plans all booked up already. They got tickets on the fast ferry and were busy lounging at the hotel when we arrived in Mykonos. Vic and I booked a room at the hotel my roommate Mollie was staying at, so we hightailed it over there to meet up with everyone.

Once we arrived, we were greeted by tons of SASers and the two deans of our program! Turns out they were staying at that hotel too, so we all lounged by the pool and drank mojitos for the afternoon. The hotel was beautiful and the view from the pool was of the Adriatic Sea.
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Fun fact about Mykonos – the whole island only has 33 taxis. Our hotel was on the northern end. The town square and all the restaurants and nightlife are on the southern end. Luckily, when us girls headed out for the evening, we caught our hotel’s shuttle into town. We had a great dinner and then went out and saw what Mykonos Town had to offer.

It looked a lot like this: Greece 089

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Another fun fact about Mykonos – it is the gay capital of Europe!

Anyway, we spent the evening celebrating Caitlin’s 21st birthday .. which was successful by any American’s standards. Our girl went from … Greece 095to …Greece 118  then finally to … Greece 121 
But not until we waited in the world’s longest freaking taxi line!

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ONE HOUR WAIT.

The next day we woke up and were excited to go back into town to do a little shopping and then hit up Paradise Beach .. until Victoria fainted in the middle of a store and we had to go back to the hotel. The rest of the day we lazed around at the pool. Good news was since the hotel staff was so worried about Vic that they gave us a hotel room to use for the day! We got to nap, take another shower and relax in the room before our ferry back to Athens.

Catching the ferry back was a bitch. That whole 33 taxis on the whole island was a problem yet again. Mollie, Cait, Vic and I barely made it back to the port in time. Our hotel concierge was awesome and called in a favor to one of the taxi drivers and we got there with just a few minutes to spare. Three hours later, we were back in Athens. It was absolutely wonderful to see the M/V.

While Mykonos was an awesome island and our hotel was beautiful, our trip overall was kind of a bust. I feel like I had super high expectations for it, but it just didn’t deliver. I think the low number of taxis was definitely an issue, it really hindered us from getting around.  I absolutely loved Athens though!  Hopefully in the future I can go back to other Greek islands – all the local Athenians were saying that Ios and Santorini are much better.

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Alright, my itinerary for this summer is official, and on the semester at sea website, we are listed as “current voyage” – how cool is that? I  have less than a month to go, and I want to post the countries I’ll be visiting, and take people’s suggestions of must see, must do, or must eat places! I know this is kind of ridiculous – but I’m so anxious about this trip because I feel like I MUST DO EVERYTHING in EVERY COUNTRY. I know that’s impossible, so if you’ve been to any of these places, let me know what to see and what to skip!

The ship leaves from Halifax, Nova Scotia. My mom and I are going up there a few days early and just spending some time before the ship departs!

And then .. I’m off!  

    Barcelona, Spain June 24  – June 27
    Civitavecchia / Naples, Italy June 29 – July 05
    Dubrovnik, Croatia July 08 –  July 11
    Piraeus (Athens), Greece July 14 – 14 July 18
    Istanbul, Turkey July 20 – July 24
    Alexandria , Egypt July 27 – July 31
    Casablanca, Morocco August 07 -August 10
    Norfolk, VA USA August 21

     In most of the countries, I’m sticking to the port cities.

    Gotta tell you though – in Spain, I’m going to the Medes Islands with my bio class to snorkel – and YES this counts as a lab class !

    In Italy, I signed up for a trip through SAS. There is SO much I want to see and do in Italy, and I felt like going with the program would be the easiest way. After arriving in Civitavecchia, I’ll be going to Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and then meeting the ship again in Naples!

    I know almost nothing about Croatia except for what I learned on Bridget’s Beaches .. so I plan on exploring and beaching it up here.

    In Greece I want to see the Acropolis, but I’m hoping to spend a night or two in Mykonos as well!   According to my sister I MUST eat a lamb gyro – but this vegetarian is not so sure about that …

    I can’t wait to go to a traditional Turkish bath in Turkey! From what I’ve heard, they scrub you, beat you with sticks, then you get to relax in a sauna. And of course, I know hitting up the Grand Bazaar is a must.

    In Egypt, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see the pyramids!! I loved every second of Anthony Bourdain’s episode of No Reservations about Egypt – I  can’t wait to see the hustle and bustle of Cairo at night! Hopefully my Arabic skills won’t fail me and I’ll get to talk to some locals. Plus, my family is thinking about meeting me in Cairo for a few days and that would make me beyond happy!

    Finally, Morocco – nooo idea! I considered signing up for a field trip to camp out in the Sahara, however, upon further introspection, I decided that I value a modern bathroom, air conditioning, and running water available to me at all times way too much. Besides, I’ve already ridden on a camel, and I did NOT enjoy it.

    So there’s my summer in a nutshell! I’m trying to keep my mind on the last few weeks of the quarter here at Ohio State, but this trip is def more exciting to think about than Dies-Alder reactions and other carbon based molecules.

    Help me out! I’m more than open to suggestions!

    And if you want a postcard, comment, email or fb me! I love sending mail 🙂