Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Airport Etiquette

When I was flying home from Greece I stopped at Athens Airport for a few hours, it's a great airport and once you make it through security there are many things to entertain you. My first flight however, landed too early and I wasn't able to check in right away, you know those rules where you can only check in 2 hours before your flight or whatever? yeah...so I sat next to the Greek airport employees and read my book. I was flying Scandinavian Airlines home, and so naturally there were practically only Swede's on the flight. As the line grew, I kept my seat so I could do a little people watching. Swedish people never stop to amuse me, they are just so...strange. To put it bluntly. There were so many families with small children, though there were two that stuck out the most.

Family number 1: Young mom and dad, with 3 children, 2 girls and one boy, (I'm guessing) around the ages of 3 - 8. Now, I can only imagine how hard it is to travel with children...but what I found so interesting is how these parents treated their kids and how they let them do certain things. The two smallest girls ran around the airport barefoot, and one of them crawled along the floor for a good 50 metres. When she finally stood up, the bottom of her feet were black and the sleeves of her shirt were stained with... I don't even want to know. While I thought it was repulsive and irresponsible (what three year old doesn't put everything, including her dirty hands in her mouth) of the parents, they just seemed to find it funny like "oh, children, they just don't know whats best". And yes thats true, children don't know, but you as their parent should know and if you don't teach them how to act/behave/live then who will? 

I may be extra sensitive, as my dad works within the airline business we often flew on the airline he worked at. As he was a representative of the company so were we, so we were expected to act appropriately (whatever that means) and while most people flew in sweat pants and flip flops we had to dress nicely, definitely no flip flops. I remember thinking it was annoying, but I mean going on an airplane may be a place where you are the closest to strangers for the longest amount of time - why not treat the other people with respect. Now I'm not saying the kid crawling on the floor was disrespectful to me, but screaming and running around may be. 

Now, Family number 2: mom and dad, 2 kids, ages 5-10. Shoes on, helping with all the luggage by carrying their backpacks and standing with their dad waiting, they weren't zombies, they were kids, but they seemed to know the difference between a playground and the line to check-in at a busy airport. Such different situations doing the exact same thing, and one thing is for sure, when I have children I am going to try and take after family 2. 

I'm sure someone is going to think "you have no idea what you're saying, you don't have kids" no I don't but I'm so sick of people (particularly Swedish) thinking that they're the only people in the world, you're not. Episode X of the Foreign Swede, dum dum duuuummmmmm (cheesy scary movie music) 

I don't have any pictures to illustrate this, so I'm adding a photo of my baby, Busan (actually my boyfriend's) because she's coming home in a week! I can't wait 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Santorini baby

So some time in history there was a huge volcanic eruption on Santorini that blew away half the island and  created steep and dramatic cliffs. When settlers recovered they built their towns on the edge of these cliffs, its become a destination for millions of tourists and I really can't blame any of them, the views are incredible and I really wanted to show Gustav the island as he'd never been there. So this is what it looked like when we got the ferry into the island

We got to our hotel and it took our breath away

insane views!

kitties of Nefeli homes

sunset at Imerovigli, doesn't get any better than this! Most people watch from Oia (the little town to the right of the sun in this photo) but its much cooler being able to see Oia and the sun and the entire crater - if you're going to Santorini, Imerovigli is the perfect place to live in

Last day in Greece :(

how amazing is this view from our hotel? Santorini may be one of the most beautiful places on earth


the last gyros of the trip!
 how can something be so delicious? 

I hope you enjoyed me showing off my holiday - now I guess its back to real life 


The next stop in our little island adventure was Ios! A first for both of us and Gustav and I weren't really sure what to expect! And..long story short I was a little dissappointed. And just because I had heard things about the island that I didn't find to be true at all. I mean, I had read that it used to be a party island and now it was more of a great place for families and couples? If J├Ągermeister bars and beach clubs are for families I mean sure but it really was not what I was expecting. Kind of Magaluf/Aya Napa/Kos kind of place, and though the beaches WERE beautiful it wasn't my favorite island. We did stay at a wonderful hotel in the port called Petros Place hotel so that definitely made our stay better :) We arrived by ferry in the afternoon, dumped our bags in our room and dove into the pool - have I mentioned the afternoon sun here? yeah....its the best

little me at Mylopotas beach - much better than expected - the "party" beach was at the opposite end of where we were and we found a great spot with cheap sun chairs and nice employees wandering around talking to everyone (they were all Australian which was hard for me to get used to) 

After the beach we got ourselves some mojitos and sat at Ios Palace hotel at Mylopotas beach, its a gorgeous hotel and quite luxurious, a fun place to take a drink at, with a great view of the beach.

what is it with cats and lying in the most uncomfortable places and still making them look comfortable?

On our last day on the island we decided to take a ferry over to a beach called Manganari, my family came here last year and loved it so we had to go. The ferry ended up being an excursion, so we had a quick stop at another beach for a hop and a dip which actually ended up being really nice - except when we got to the beach and we realised that the little wind we were worried about had escalated to full on gale-force winds...that was less fun but the beach really was amazing.

Anti Paros

I kind of like starting every post about Greece with a photo of a little Greek fishing boat. They're so cute it makes me want to be a fisherman. Okay, no it doesn't but they are really nice

Anti-Paros is the name of the island that is right next to Paros, its a lot smaller and contrary to the name they're very similar. Anti in Greek basically means "opposed to" and since you can take a little ferry across the bluest waters in the world in under 10 minutes - It means next to. 

We try to go every time we come to Greece and its a great place for a day trip, bit too small to stay for a few days but the beaches are beautiful (how many times have I called something beautiful when writing about Greece, from now on: thesaurus)

How deliciously Greek is it with octopus drying in the sun? 

Like all other Greeks, honorary and otherwise, we purchased some paddles and tennis balls for some beach tennis! It's the best beach entertainment and its always fun watching everyone play at the beach, it gives you a break from reading books and gives you a bit more of an even tan ;)

If you're ever in Paros, the ferry goes from Pounda beach and if you don't have your own car or scooter there are busses from Parikia ! It costs 4 € per person and is super quick!