On a ferry leaving Italy.
Friday we went to Perugia, which is the capitol city of the region of Umbria in Italy. It was intended to just be a relaxing kind of boring last day in Italy but turned out to be quite eventful. We took a train from Florence that morning and checked in to our hotel around 3. We were starving and ended up having a pretty bad lunch luckily followed by some incredible gelato. I headed back to the hotel for a quick nap while Alex went exploring. That night we had dinner at a restaurant outdoors in the middle of the main street in town. This is when things got interesting. We start hearing what sounded like cannon shots but what was actually flares and fire works followed by a huge parade of rioters or celebrators or something coming our way waving huge Perugia flags and singing and marching and stealing wine bottles off of tables and it was just madness! Exciting madness that is. So after they passed through we finished a delicious dinner we headed back to the gelato place and I got vanilla gelato and it BLEW MY MIND. Seriously I have been thinking about it ever since. I’m so glad it was the last type of gelato I ate in Italy. I will miss having that wonderful treat every day. I will miss Italy terribly actually.
So yesterday we got up VERY early and took a bus to the train and then took two trains to Ancona. Once in Ancona we took another bus to the buy our ferry tickets and then ANOTHER bus to get to the ferry. Once in Ancona we got on our 21 hour “ferry” to Greece. I say ferry like that because it was actually a cruise ship. What?! There was a pool and a casino and lots of bars and a disco lounge. This was crazy…I was expecting a shuffle board game to start any minute. So I hung out next to the pool for a few hours and then wandered around the boat. We just had deck seats which really just means a table with big plastic benches out in the open. We slept under that table. That part sucked. I was terribly cold. But we woke up this morning and got all our stuff together and watched the water as we pulled in to the port at Patras at 11:30 this morning. From there we took a bus to Athens which turned out to take foreverrr and I hadn’t eaten so I was both thrilled and disappointed when we made a pit stop….at McDonalds. My first food in Greece was a cheeseburger and a fruit and yogurt parfait. Pathetic. We finally made it to Athens and found our hotel in probably the scariest possible part of Athens. The only other women around are hookers. I saw a fight already. Sorry mom, please don’t read this. I’ve been hiding out in our hotel since we’ve been here basically. We are leaving early tomorrow to find a ferry to Milos to lay on the beach for a few days and Thursday I’ll meet up with Kyle on Naxos while Alex goes to do outdoor man stuff on Crete that little ‘ole me is basically incapable of. Then off to the mainland for antiquities! I will cry at Delphi I swear it.
I better go lock the door and curl up with all my valuables.
p.s. Can I just add that I am not bald…my hair is just up and windblown. I know I look like a shedding chicken.