As Fate Would Have it, Flight to Greece


I write this from my quasi distinguished accommodations in Athens, Greece.

Based on circumstances, I reckon “As Fate Would Have it” is most apropos.

First off, as always, a comedy of errors. Ever been ready to get into a cab to the airport when your zipper gets caught on your boxers and you opt for the force approach? Only to rip the zipper from your travel pants off completely!? It happens, it sucks.

Arrive at the airport and the lady behind me and I begin chatting, naturally. Turns out she’s from Canada and going to Athens. She has a room booked and we agree to go together. Then, also turns out her seat is next to mine.

I always book cheap tickets that aren’t cheap enough. This one had me right next to the bathroom, not recommended. I shall spare you the details. As always, Air Egypt delivers. I love airplane food and had both of their selections, chicken is always the safe bet.

When we arrived in Egypt, I decided I’d just stay there as the wait seemed boring. Regrettably, my baggage was checked through so I had little choice. It feels great to be back in Europe and in some odd way, on the way home.

This trip will be 20 months from my home town on the 16th.

Upon arriving at the hostel / hotel / whatever you want to call it, I am informed they are booked full, solid. While they are saying that a South African photographer who is here with an agency to film potential protests says he has a private room and an open bed if willing to split the rent.

Another random that works out.

The moral of this brief yet to the point story is that the world has a weird way of working out if you let it. Europe is intoxicating and consider myself lucky to be back on this wonderful continent.

Tomorrow or the day after, off to the islands. The plan is to make my way to Turkey via the islands then into Bulgaria, as always, time will tell. Why talk about the future as who knows what will happen?

Already see small lanes lined with restaurants and people enjoying fine meals and drink. Reminds me of Asia only it’s delicious looking Greek food. Sadly, it’s Sunday and most places are closed so not much to do, considering the flight took 18 hours door to door, that’s probably not a bad thing.

Looking forward to the islands.

Tips hat,

P.S: Looks like Santorini is in the cards. It costs ~30E or so and it leaves at 11:30PM or 7:30 AM. Without a doubt a night ferry is in the cards. Supposedly for 25E a night you can get a double room with pool and everything you need in this world. Hmmmmm and oh ya, the photo is of Santorini.


  1. Andrea and John

    May 1, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Santorini is magical! Be sure to check out the black sand and red sand beaches – you can make a cup with your hands and push down in the water to see the bubbles because it is volcanic. And the sunsets there are amazing.
    Corfu is another great island with nice beaches and lots of activities.
    Ios is a party island, but fun.
    If you have a lot of time, Crete is an awesome place to visit. You can go to Plakias where we met. They have a hostel there with great vibes and lots of travellers head there every year over and over because it’s so good. Takes awhile to get there, but worth it

    • Rob

      May 1, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for all the solid tips.

      Had not looked into Corfu but will google it after this. Curious if you know the name of the hostel is on Crete? It was one of the islands that was talking to me.

      A lady on the plane from Greece referred another island but sadly, forget the name.

  2. Wendy

    May 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Glad you made it there safely. Can’t wait to hear about the islands. Maybe I should come over for a week.

    • Rob

      May 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Why not? You only live once…

  3. Natalie - Turkish Travel

    May 1, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Wah hey! Glad to hear that Turkey is on your itinerary. Look forward to reading your blog posts! As we say in Turkey “Hos Geldiniz”. It means welcome 🙂

  4. Candice

    May 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Totally hate you right now, dream destination! GAH!

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