Birthday Adventures!

Spending my birthday on Santorini was really fantastic.  Katie and I rented ATV’s and drove from one end of the island to the other. Even though ATV’s don’t even go that fast, I felt like a badass, but I think Katie thought I was trying to kill her. Sorry dude, I wanna go fast.

DSC02553 DSC02555Our major attraction of the day was Red Beach.  Now, I’ve heard a lot of cool things about Red Beach, but it was honestly a crazy, awesome, magical (insert a ton of adjectives here) place, and I couldn’t get the huge goofball grin off my face.

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Can you see the doors in the cliff?
Can you see the doors in the cliff?
I've been told I look naked in this picture. Trust me, I wasn't.
I’ve been told I look naked in this picture. Trust me, I wasn’t.

I’m looking at these pictures thinking that they definitely don’t do it justice.  Trust me, if you’re ever on Santorini, GO HERE!! It was so cool. Also, you can’t tell from this picture that I was having an absolute panic attack because I let Katie swim out into the damn ocean with my most important possession (after my passport, that is), my iPhone. Thank god Katie is basically a chick Poseidon from all her years on the swim team and can tread water for days with one arm out of the water. Additional panic moments when the camera wouldn’t work and I had to tread water with both arms out of the water to try to delete some pictures so we could snap these gems.  And I’m really not that great of a treader.

The strangest part of this beach and the ocean were these little flakes of seaweed that floated in the ocean and when they washed up on the shore it made like… a seaweed pillow? I don’t know how to explain it.

Seaweed pillow? Cushion?  Quicksand?
Seaweed pillow? Cushion? Quicksand?

Anyway, sea weed got everywhere, and I mean, place you don’t want sea weed. Yuck.

For lunch we stopped at a little roadside hole in the wall and got the most delicious gyro.  It was the best I’ve ever had, plus is was like 2 euro… Amazing.

Wet hair, covered in seaweed, no complaints.
Wet hair, covered in seaweed, no complaints.

After a day of adventure, we went and cleaned ourselves up and then ATVed our way to Oia for dinner to catch the sunset, a must if you’re on Santorini. You know all the movies that take place in the Greek Islands and you’re like, “oh, I HAVE to go there!”  They are probably in Oia.  It’s gorgeous.

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Oia falling into the sea
Oia falling into the sea
View of Fira from Oia
View of Fira from Oia

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Hemingway + Rent-a-Cat. Excellent business model.
Hemingway + Rent-a-Cat. Excellent business model.

Katie and I went to a great dinner.  When in Greece, eat as much lamb as possible.

Birthday present
Birthday present
The surprise was lovely lamb.
The surprise was lovely lamb.

So, as I’m sure you’ve picked up, I’m a big sunset person. I make a point of stopping to look at the sky, and I could never live on the East Coast because I can’t imagine looking at an ocean and not getting to see the sun set on it. It’s just weird.  So my birthday present was this gorgeous sunset.

DSC02575 DSC02577 DSC02582 DSC02586 DSC02588 DSC02593I love the very beginning of twilight (no, not the book), when the colors from the sunset still have bits of orange, and you watch it fade to dark blue.

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That night, Katie and I went out like wild women.  Lots of people worry every year they get older, but I proved to myself that I can still have just as much fun as I did when I was 21. The problem is the recovery.  I spent the next day in bed, ordering room service, watching movies on my computer, and vowing to never drink anything that is green ever again.

All in all, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better way to mark the beginning of a new year.  I was in a beautiful place, with a great friend, going on an awesome adventure.  What a great day.

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