For our free weekend in between our two weeks of service learning, a big group of us decided to visit the Greek island of Agistri. It is a hour and a half ferry ride from Athens, so it is an easy day trip and I’d highly recommend it for someone who wants to go to the islands but doesn’t want to spend loads of money or deal with the airport.
Our ferry was set to leave at 9:15am, so we left our hotel around 8am to make sure we had enough time to pick up the tickets and find a good spot to sit on the boat.
Even though it was a longer ferry ride, the views out onto the sea were unbeatable.
Our main priority for our 6-hour day on the island was the beach, so that is where we headed. We had to walk about a mile across the island to find a public beach, but it was well worth it because it was a beautiful walk.
We arrived at the beach around 11am and set up camp right away. Even though the water was a bit cold, it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, so we had an awesome time swimming, laying in the sun, and spending time together.
The water was SO blue and clear. I can legitimately say I have never seen anything like it.
After 4ish hours of chilling on the beach, we were all ready for some lunch. We went to a little restaurant right by the port. I got grilled cod and it was super yummy.
After lunch, we spent a bit of time walking around the island, exploring, and buying souvenirs.
And here is where the sad-at-the-time now funny story begins. I was the one who paid for our ferry tickets and therefore was the one who had to pick them up. On the way there, it was self-explanatory: go to Paerius port, pick up the tickets at the booth, and get on the ferry. From Agistri, it was far less clear.
My confirmation e-mail included two Google maps images at the bottom – one of the Paerius post ticket booth location, and another of Agistri. We all figured that we would get on the ferry at the same place we got off, but we couldn’t find the ticket booth anywhere. After I checked my e-mail, I saw the second port’s Google location at the bottom of the e-mail, which showed it was being about one mile across the island. We had just enough time to speed walk over there only to realize that it was not, in fact, the location of the ferry we needed but the other ferry’s port and we missed our ferry back to Athens. Needless to say, I was quite unhappy and we ended up having to buy two tickets each for two separate ferries to make it back to Athens that night. It was rough, but we made it.
Thankfully, the views on the way back made it all worth it (also, the seagulls were going crazy!
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Until next time,