I was ready to leave Santorini early morning when the receptionist at the hostel confirmed that all ferries going back to Athens were on strike for 2 days. I don’t know if it’s good news or bad news.
So I just explored the island with couchsurfers. Thank God there’s a couchsurfing application with “hangout” feature where you can look for travelers/couchsurfers to hang out with. Luckily, Costas saw me on the list and asked to hangout.. I can’t say no to a local so we met.
Costas drove to Oia on a different path so I can see the other side of Santorini. The quiet area has lots of white houses and windmills scattered around the vast fields.
We arrived at Oia and just walked around the pebbled streets as he shared the history of the island.
He told me that Santorini was once called Strogili meaning round shape. When the volcano erupted, the middle of the island sank, making Santorini a caldera (cauldron). There are five islands left after the volcanic eruption – Thira, Thirassia, Nea Kameni, Palia Kameni and Aspronisi.
There are only 2 inhabited islands in Santorini – Thirassia and Thira. Thira is the capital of Santorini.
We passed by Atlantis Bookshop, an artsy fartsy shop that sells cheap and super expensive books.
The Little Prince is worth €3,250 / PHP 177,125!
We continued walking and finally found the place Mapie and I were searching on our first day in Santo. The famous three blue domed churches 😉
Costas left and went to work as I continued my stroll in Oia together with a new couchsurfer, Hagar. We admired the picturesque island and took a lot of photos to immortalize our stay in Santo.
We stayed in Oia to see the beautiful night lights and waited for another local couchsurfer, Vlad.
We were supposed to hangout for some time but ended up looking for some internet shop to print my boarding pass. After a little chat, I went to Fira bus stop where I checked the schedule going to the airport. Sadly, my flight is too early that there are no available buses going to airport but Costas came to the rescue and fetch me at Karterados before dawn so I can catch my flight. Thank God for couchsurfers!
Despite of all the unexpected events and additional payments in my Santorini trip, all went well. I met a lot of interesting people that made my trip fun and exciting. Thank you again to all the couchsurfers and strangers I met along the way!
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