Since i can still not fall asleep, after drinking two cups of Earl Grey after getting up, like 15 hours before, and after finishing the whole Kurt Vonnegut novel i bought for 1€ in a thrift store close to Monastiraki Square, i thought i might as well write something for this Blog again. We are now in the overnight ferry to Chios, an island just a few kilometers across the turkish town of Cesme, where we will proceed to after. So we finally said good bye to Athens, after almost 3 weeks, much longer than what we originally intended. But it was good to have a homebase for a while (Big thanks to Diana here by the way) and plan for the near and not so near future. Also my bicycle was broken: First the freewheeling mechanism stopped working a few hundred kilometers before Athens and when we were already there, the transmission quit completely, and i couldn‘t pedal anymore. Lucky that this just happened here and not somewhere on the road. Well, it was quite an Oddysee to fix it, I went to different shops, and one told me he might be able to replace just one part instead of the whole wheel. Well, in the end he couldn‘t and i have a brandnew backwheel now, together with an (old) new tire he had lying around. My old one was already without any profile after maybe 2000km, while the one in the front, wich i have already since Germany still looks great. So now i am Schwalbe all over, and ready for what may come.
Just getting on the boat was of course a tight experience again. Our ship was going at 8PM, and we didn‘t buy tickets beforehand, so we thought we will be there at 6, just in case. Of course that didn‘t work. And at 7 we were just finished stocking up on chocolate and nuts at the LIDL, just before the harbour. A friend who we met on the street, when we just came to Athens, came by with his motorcycle to help us and say Good Bye. I unlocked my bike and when i was looking up, the others both were gone. So i was going to the harbour myself, trying to find the ferry and hopefully also the others. But finding the ferry took me a long time. I went to each ship, and everyone i asked sent me somewhere else. That i didn‘t knew what company the ferry was, or what the name of the ship was, didn‘t help either. I already was thinking what to do if we were going to miss this boat when a guy at the ticket office sent me the right way. Our boat was waiting at another terminal… And when i came close, our friend welcomed me already on the motorbike „Where were you?“, well where were you? 😀 Although i felt like we almost missed the boat, it turned out that we still had half an hour to go. That‘s too easy, so Hsiang-Hsin suddenly realized she lost her backpack somewhere on the way. They decided to check the whole way with the motorbike and left me there, anxious if we will manage in time. Well in the end we did, 3 minutes before departure, the backpack didn‘t turn up anymore (It luckily contained only a bag of Müsli, and some fruits), and now we are on the way to Turkey!
Well, first we might stay a few days in Chios. We haven‘t been to any greek island, and are curious how things are different than on the „mainland“. And Chios is special in at least one regard: The south of the island is home to the mastiha-plant. There and only there, this tree, wich is actually a member of the Pistacchio family, produces this Mastiha, wich is apparently used for a lot of stuf like cosmetica and candy and a special sort of ouzo. Our friend, who hosted one of our concerts in Athens, and is an anthusiastic gardener told us the story of how they tried to transplant the same plant, into the turkish mainland, just a few kilometers away from its home. But even so close to its original habitat, this wayward plant couldn‘t feel at home and failed to produce any masthiha. Let‘s see if we make it to the South and see some of those special trees. The way i feel right now, without any sleep, i might just find the next best beach and pass out there till sunset.
Fast forward a few
days… We indeed stay‘d a few days and had a great time. Chios
surprised us in a few ways. But i already wrote enough and will just
let the pictures speak, with some additional explaination.
Now we are saying Good Bye to Greece, Good Bye to Europe. And we say Hello to Turkey, Hello to Asia. γεια σας , Merhaba!
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ich bin begeistert!!! So schön, etwas von euch mitzubekommen!!! Konni hat den Link geschickt. Liebe Grüße von Sonja