Week by Week – W33Y2016

Life

What a wonderful week filled with sailing around the Greek ports and islands with MedSailors. We spent about 8 days in Athens with 6 friends and our skipper. We were part of a fleet of 10 ships that went from Athens to Peridika, to  Ermioni, to Spetses, to Ephidhavros, to Poros and finally Agistri. Greece is an incredibly vast land and sea combination that will take forever to explore. We’re looking forward to a return trip to see Delphi, Corfu and Santorini. The history and views are too amazing to pass up. As a bonus we had an extended layover that allowed for a four-hour excursion through Amsterdam while waiting on our connecting flight.

Lessons Learned

If you go running through Greece, watch out for the Doberman on Peridka. He didn’t like me and chased me around the town on my morning run. I think we both got in some good exercise. Riding a scooter around Poros and Greece is a must. Just know that the space on the Greek streets is tight. Sleeping, showering and living on a boat is not for the posh traveller. Doing those things and sharing tight quarters with 7 other people requires patience and a focus on the bigger picture. Your mind should be fixated on views and peace that few get to see and experience. Some general notes about what to expect when booking a chartered sailing tour around Greece with MedSailors.

  • 7 days and 6 nights is a bit of a stretch.  The first and last days are half days.
  • Sailing is a bit of a stretch. Over 7 days we spent probably just 1 day with full sails and under wind power.
  • Hydra is hard to get to because of the weather so expect to be routed to Poros instead most likely.
  • Scooters are first come first served, so if you want to get one you need to convince your skipper and boat mates to get up early and get to Spetses or Poros by 9/10 am.
    • FYI, you need a motor cycle license to rent a scooter in Greece.
  • The boats have showers and toilets, but bring body wipes and expect to never feel fully clean for about a week. The best time to shower is at night when it is not as humid.
  • The boats have beds but you may find it easier to sleep on deck because there is no ventilation in the rooms.
  • Bring cash, learn a little Greek, and be patient. The ports and islands are on Island Time. There are not a lot of credit card machines and a little Greek will get you better service.
  • Just do it. This is a one of a kind type of trip that everyone should do once.
  • There will be a togo party. Participate and cut loose. One of the best nights of the trip.
  • Uber is available in Greece and generally cheaper than the taxis.

Accomplishments

  • Athletics
    • Got in 3 runs around Pedrika, Ermioni, and Poros while on vacation in Greece.
  • Work
    • None, though I got some inspiration to get back into working on side projects again though I know I will have a full plate when I return.
  • Social
    • I love Amsterdam. Especially when it is not raining.

Reflecting

  • What did I learn?
    • Always request multiple entries with a Schengen Visa and long layovers are not bad.
  • What did I do to help my future?
    • Traveled, it makes us all more well-rounded and .
  • How did I help someone this week?
    • Trained with Wayne while traveling around Greece so he can stay in shape for his next Half Ironman.
  • Who do I love?
    • Angela, my wife, for making every adventure complete.
  • What am I grateful for?
    • Amsterdam Schipol Airport. My new favorite and an example of how things should be done.

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