This will be a short one, but is about our trip getting to Santorini and how you should always book a flight and never take the ferry.
If you’re planning a trip to Santorini, you may think, “hey, it would be a great idea for us to take the ferry to get there!”. And that is where you are completely, 100%, without a doubt, wrong.
We woke up in our Athenian hotel at 4:30 AM in order to get on our 6:00 AM ferry, only to be met with uncomfortable seating (think airplane seats, but 4 across instead of 3) and a very loud (and, as the ferry ride went on) drunk group of people.
Since we had gotten up so early, our plan was to sleep on the ferry ride until we got to our destination. We were told it would take 3 hours to get there. In actuality, we arrived SIX HOURS LATER. Coupled with the fact that we could not sleep because another group was buying literal BUCKETS of beer to chug and then obnoxiously sing “happy birthday” every thirty minutes. By the end of the ride, there were multiple people puking, yelling, and overall just being the worst type of travelers in the universe. Pair that with the already uncomfortable-ness of being on a boat of that long, and you have a disaster.
Proof the buckets o’ beers guys bought literal buckets of beer…on a boat…at 7 am….
Needless to say, once we reached dry land, we were all grumpy, hungry, and tired. Luckily, our hotel was gorgeous and made in the typical style of Santorini homes (white walls, blue accents, the works).
To try and lull us out of our grumpy state, our tour guide took us on a quick walking tour of Fira, where we were staying, and then let us loose to eat (finally). My mom and I went to the restaurant, Ouzeri, where we had typical Santorini beer (Yellow Donkey, which is basically an IPA) and some extremely delicious bread, risotto, and (for mom) meat salad.
After that, we walked around the town a bit, but went back to the hotel for some much deserved relaxation time.
Although getting to Santorini was quite a feat, the next few days that we spent there were extremely worth while. I’ll fill you in on what we did, ate, and saw for the rest of the trip in the next few posts. Stay tuned!