We arrived in Santorini in the late afternoon and were quickly whisked away by van to our accommodations at Stavros Villas, which is located in the village of Karterados. Since the evening was fast approaching after settling into our suite, we decided just to head to one of the local restaurants for a meal before walking on over to the more bustling city of Fira for an evening of drinks and fun.
The next day was filled with more excitement as we rented ATVs to tour the island. There was no real itinerary set for us, but just to drive to some of the beaches (more notably the red and black ones). It was enjoyable to drive rather aimlessly on this large island, stopping occasionally to take in the scenery and the atmosphere. So it seems that we were rather loyal to our what would be our regular dinner hang-out in Karterados.
Then there was our trek to Oia. Located near the northern cusp of the island, it is said that Oia has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. That and it was the setting for one of my favourite movies – don’t laugh – Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (both the first and the second). Unfortunately for us, the skies began to cloud over when the sun was setting. But the view overseeing the ocean was still magnificent, which compensated for us missing the famed sunset.
That very evening was spent on the ferry. We had decided to take an overnight ferry back to Athens so as to save money on accommodations and time. Everyone quickly clamored onto the ferry so as to claim a sleeping spot on the cafeteria’s bench seating. The sleep was surprisingly all right for the duration of the six hour ride. While Sam and Angela parted for Florence, Julie, Linfei and I stayed in Athens for another night before returning to Paris (although Julie did stay one night longer than Linfei and I).
Us three stayed in the hotel room for quite some time since it was the day of our course registration. When we were all enlisted for the courses in the fall semester in New York, we decided to take the rest of the day walking about the city with no real intention to visit any of the monuments. We said good bye with a final delicious, yet cheap, dinner in the city. Since our hotel was a little far from the city center, we called it an early night and headed for the airport in the early morning.