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An important thing I accomplished today was interpreting the Greek TV menu to connect it to the wifi and log into netflix \o/

Often these things are so unintuitive it takes hours when the thing is in English, so I thought that was pretty good.

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I would like to spend some time in a big transparent bubble, ideally heated and decked out with a beanbag and cosy blankets (and wifi obviously, or at least my kindle) and just sit in the middle of a raging rainstorm.

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🗁Added 107 photos to album Greece, Jan 2019.

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My first day on Syros was gloriously sunny and warm. I went for a walk around Ermoupolis, starting at the town square, then around the port and through the medieval Ano Syros up the hill to the Catholic Church of St George, then to the next hill which is topped with the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. I walked the long way around through hilly fields and sparse residences of Alithini.

Having neglected to bring any food or drink out with me, when I got back to the city I collapsed in a random cafe on the corner of the main square. This turned out to be all veggie, with several vegan pastries and foccacia, an extensive smoothie menu and a lovely atmosphere. I recouped with a juice and potato pita, then went to get groceries before heading home.

Week in review: 7 - 13 Jan

  • Eleni and Dmitris took me on a mini roadtrip to Skala Sykaminias, a super cute tiny village by the sea in the north of Lesvos. It was much colder and windier there.
  • Did some more work with Scrapy, fixed some bugs, made some new bugs, found some holes in the plot, generally a bit frustrating.
  • Eleni and Dmitris took me on an adventure to Sigri, to see the petrified forest, associated museum, and a monestary on a mountaintop.
  • There were some really good storms.
  • Started reading The Disposessed.
  • Spent a day in Mytilini with Eleni, stayed overnight in a hostel, then caught the ferry out to Syros early in the morning. Farewell, Lesvos. It was fantastic.

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I woke up at 6 to head to the port, and got slightly chased by an aggressive small dog who I found out the night before had recently bitten one of my hostel dorm roommates. So that was terrifying.

The ferry was only an hour and a half late in the end, and a friendly young couple helped me understand this, and what was going on when it announced the location of boarding had changed (just shunted a short walk around the port).

Then I spent 12 hours eating only figs and biscotti (thanks Eleni and Dmitris), sleeping, reading, and looking out of the window. I didn't have any other food because the last ferry I'd been on (this exact route, but a different part of it) had some vegan bean dishes on the restaurant menu, so I thought I'd 'indulge' in overpriced mediocre ferry food. Apparently that changed in a month though, and now there was nothing for me to eat. I tried to take a photo of every port we stopped in, which was a lot of them, and mostly the photos are through the grimy window. The weather was pretty good, I went outside in the sun a couple of times.

I developed a pretty bad headache and was feeling a bit sick by the end. Very glad to arrive.

My host picked me up from the port in Ermoupoli, Syros, and welcomed me with a mini tour, a thousand details about my apartment, and spanakopita :D (spinach pie). This place is across the bay from the city, and the views are amazing.