"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

Visiting friends in Athens

This was one of my best trips ever. It started very unexpectedly. My friend that I knew only "online" invited me to visit her in Athens. After thinking for about 5 minutes I decided why the hell not :)

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My Greece story starts with a friend of mine who I met online. She came from Latvia but at that moment was living in Athens. We were chatting once in a while and one day she offered me to come and visit here. I could easily bring a friend of mine as well if I wanted to. So the next day I called my friend, told him about the offer and before you knew it we were sitting on a plane heading to Athens not knowing if someone is really going to meet us or all this was just a big joke. But for us this would be an adventure either way.

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We had fun from the very beginning. Before we even left Latvia there was announcement that our flight is being delayed for several hours. And then mine friend wrote us a message that she wouldn't be able to meet us since she had lots of training to do. She wrote her address, told us which bus to take and that she would meet us at home. What a fun start :) Here we are looking for a bus in a city where almost no one speaks English.

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Finally driving to Athens. By the time we were in the center it was already dark. But at the end it turned out to be ok, Evija and her brother met us and later that evening we were already partying and having some fun.

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Here is the street we were living on. That's another problem. You can't understand a thing even if you now how it sounds. This for example pronounces "Psiloritu". As you can see it's not even close to the letters on the sign.

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The next day we had some time on our own so we headed to explore Athens.

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Now it looked much better than the day before.

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Most of the streets where tiny.

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Oranges and lemons all around us right down the street. Unusual for us.

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And here we are all together.

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Even though it was April the temperature was pretty hot.

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Having some fun.

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People all around us thought we were crazy. :)

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Waiting for the tram.

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They go right down the beach.

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Here is a view from a tram.

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How the hell did the guy from the Mercedes got out or will get in?

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Did some shopping before going home.

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Here is our roommate who taught us how to make cigarettes.

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Found some toys :)

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Later that evening we went partying. There's a beautiful Acropolis on the background.

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Clubs look more like a big apartment.

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Our Greek friend.

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Partying all the way :)

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Turned out it was a great idea to fly here.

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All next day we spent outside Athens.

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It was really beautiful. Nature is incredible.

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Unfortunately the water was still too cold for swimming.

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We called it a "chill day".

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Outskirts of Athens. Life is wonderful.

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The next morning we got up really early and headed for the Hydra island.

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Here we are in a tube. :)

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And here we are on a ferry to the island.

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Since it was really beautiful outside I decided to go on a deck and enjoy the view.

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When I got out there I woke up immediately. The view was amazing.

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Here is our boat.

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And here it is from the inside. My unconscious friends are in the second row.

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I took my headphones, turned in "Pirates of the Caribbean" track and enjoyed the view.

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And here we are - the island of Hydra.

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There is one main town, known simply as "Hydra port" with population about 2,800 people.

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It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals.

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Most building are located on a hill.

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Rubbish trucks are the only motor vehicles on the island, as cars or motorcycles are not allowed by law. Donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis provide public transportation.

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The inhabited area, however, is so compact that most people walk everywhere.

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"Hydra port" is located on a cliff, so we decided to climb as high as it is possible in the city.

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Streets are very small and compact. Not many people on them either.

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There are lots of cats on the islands as well. This one became our friend.

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Almost at the top of the city. But the island itself is much higher.

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I would say this is a real Greek island. You can feel it everywhere.

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I absolutely love this place.

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Creating a scene :)

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I believe this is an ideal place for poets, writers and creative people.

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We could just walk there all day long - which we did.

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Us and our friend on the background.

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Since this used to be a defense island - there are lots of canons and towers on it.

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You can see it here much clearer.

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Don't you just love it?

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In a local restaurant, we happened to find a guy who new lots of facts about Latvia.

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Having some fun.

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Yeap - we're cool. :)

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Hydra island near Athens, Greece.

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Check this out. Alex is showing us some tricks.

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Every time we wanted to take a friendly photo we tried to think a new funny scene.

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So every photo shooting could last for a long time and end up..

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..with a lot of laugh and of course an original photo. :)

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I just couldn't stop laughing. :)

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Beauty of the island.

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Hydra island near Athens, Greece.

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A path round the island. But it could take you whole day to walk around it.

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Family photo.

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Waiting for our ship that will take us back to Athens.

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Here it comes.

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The day was pretty exhausting so some of us didn't make it conscious to the shore.

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The next day we tried a little shopping.

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And of course bought plenty of "healthy" food for supper.

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Tried our new skills in making cigarettes.

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Lesson learned.

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Every evening we were sitting and checking out photos that we took during the day.

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Real men eat pizza and..

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..drink beer of course.

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Cheers :)

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Later we decided to see a little bit of night life and of course shoot some new funny photos.

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Here is the result of it.

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Inevitably we did miss our last tube so had to walk home. It took us about an hour or even more. But for us it was another adventure.

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We couldn't miss a single poster..

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..and even managed to find a socket in a tree.

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This is our favorite dog that was waiting for us every night.

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Finally at home and getting ready to sleep. This is our room by the way.

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And this is Evijas room.

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Our next day started with a world famous Acropolis. Since we were in Athens we just couldn't miss it.

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This is a view from the top of it.

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It is located right in the middle of Athens so you can see the whole city from it.

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And here it is. Unfortunately it was partly under construction but totally available for tourists.

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Please! Do not climb up that wall.

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Hundreds of tourists as always.

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Acropolis means "high city" in Greek.

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Acropolis, Athens, Greece.

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Park in front of it.

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Acropolis from behind, Athens, Greece.

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As you can see it is located on a huge cliff.

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Other ruins in front of the cliff.

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Beautiful Athens.

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City is surrounded by mountains.

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For purposes of defense, early people naturally chose elevated ground to build a new settlement, frequently a hill with precipitous sides. In many parts of the world, these early citadels became the nuclei of large cities, which grew up on the surrounding lower ground, such as modern Rome.

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One last look at it before going down.

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Acropolis on the background.

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Bought some souvenirs as well.

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Chilling at home and getting ready for the night partying.

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Here is our favorite dog again. :)

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Checking out our daily photos.

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This was our last day, so we didn't rush and just decided to enjoy it. I'm here chilling on our enormous balcony.

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Later we were taken to a nice place by the sea.

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Huge thanks to one of Evijas friend for showing us this place.

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Chilling at the restaurant in Athens, Greece.

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What a wonderful world.

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It'a a plane! -Noup, just another funny photo.

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Later that evening we were taken to local mountains. On our way we stopped to see a religious cave. This is a sacred place. Many people come and pray here.

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And then we were taken up the mountains. And sure we were for a big surprise.

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Already from the car we spotted Athens at night and were amazed.

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Then we stopped at the road side and didn't ever wanted to leave this place. It was staggering.

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Athens at night, Greece.

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We were sitting there for a while, admiring the view and taking pictures.

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Here is one. I'm the one with horns. We were taking pictures until mine camera died.

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The last day. Packing our stuff and getting ready for the airport.

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Of course saying goodbye to the dog. We'll miss you. :(

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Waiting for the bus to the airport.

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Flying home.

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Thank you Athens for a wonderful week. It was epic. And special thanks to Evija and Richmond who invited us. Hopefully this wasn't our last trip together.

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Nowhere without music.

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Since we were partying all night long and didn't get much sleep we could finally rest on a plane.

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I guess it's more comfortable this way. :)

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Got to know some passengers on our way back as well.

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