The sky is completely blue. The kind of deep blue that gradually fades into a white horizon line, as far as the eyes can possibly see, before it meets with the blue of the sea. Boats of all kinds are roaming around the old port, some 900 feet below us, at the bottom of the caldera. Farther in the horizon is the volcano that made the island famous, with its hordes of tourists and its hot springs.
“- A Greek Salad and some tzatziki please…”, we tell the waitress as we place our order.
We have a couple of hours before our boat departs and the sun is strong, we’re sweating.
“…and a cold beer please”, we quickly add.
Greece is an amazing country and Santorini is one of the beautiful islands the country has to offer (there are approximately 2000). It also has to be one of the most welcoming countries as well. Everybody is very friendly and always ready to help you when you need it. The food is amazing and the most striking difference when coming from the US is the taste of the vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, … were so incredibly flavorful. That made it simple for us: it was Greek salad everyday.
After about a hour of eating and enjoying the view, we ask for the check, a little curious of what the price would be for this lunch in paradise in a rooftop restaurant with a view on Santorini’s volcano.
It was 8€ (or 9$).
We pay and thank — “Efkaristo!” — the waitress for this great lunch and get ready to board our ferry to Crete.
Impressions about Greece
Our 2 weeks in Greece helped discover a beautiful country and people. Of course, we all know about Greece as it’s been all over the news for the last several years. The image we get of a country on the brink of financial failure through regular news of crisis, bail-outs, clashes with the Troika and Grexit scenarios is only describing a small portion of what we experienced locally. While accurate, we felt that it was missing context.
So we decided to bring some context to these news and we interviewed several Greek people during our trip to get their insights on the current situation. As a majority speak english, we had the chance to get interesting feedback from a wide range of professionals : taxi drivers, hotel personnel, museum attendant, restaurant owner…
Their views on the financial situation of their country was surprising, I am preparing an article on the subject, so stay tuned!
Nick – MoneyMiner
In the meantime, for those undecided where to go for the next summer vacation, below are pictures of several great places we visited.