Starting off, Happy 4th of July to all my American friends, both at home and abroad!
Here I am sitting on a patio with a gorgeous view of Napa Valley, CA, and I’m trying to force myself into getting caught up here. It’s hard to believe it’s been about a month since Katie and I visited Greece and I finally got some sunshine in my life.
First, Katie and I went to Mykonos, an island in the Cyclades island chain in the Aegean . It was definitely not what we expected, Katie likened the Greek Islands to “little pieces of Albuquerque in the middle of the ocean.” The Greek Islands really are desert islands, and it’s really bizarre. Someone else described Mykonos to me as “a bunch of drunk 18 year olds throwing up on each other.” While I think this description is a bit harsh, it is definitely one of the party islands. Despite this reputation, what we found was beautiful ocean views and a very charming main town.
I did a lot of sun laying while in Greece; at this point I was just exhausted and so happy to be in a place where the sun was shining and I didn’t have to wear my overcoat every day. But I did manage to take a few pictures.
As per usual, I took a bazillion pictures of the sunset, but my favorite part is capturing the moment when the sun sinks below the horizon. Lots of people think the sunset is over once the sun goes down, but that’s not true, that’s actually when the colors start to come out. Trust me, I’m an expert.
One thing Mykonos is famous for is that they have 3 pelicans that have made their home there, and they have become the mascots of Mykonos. Katie desperately wanted to find these birds, but we just couldn’t. Then, one night when we made a wrong turn on our quest to find cocktails for less than 13 euro (that’s just insanity), we found him. He was playing “fetch” with this guy, a local, who would toss the pelican a crushed up soda bottle, the bird would catch it in its giant beak, try to eat it, and then toss it back. It was pretty hilarious.
The things I loved about Mykonos: $2 beers and kebab at a delicious little hole in the wall, the charming white buildings with blue doors and the contrast of the purple bougainvillea (for men: flowers), staying in a hotel with a pool for the price of staying at a nice hostel, and the views. The water was so incredibly blue here, and the sunshine was to die for.