13th September, Friday
There are always ups and downs every single day of our ride. In spite of these, we are driving on. Why? It’s the interaction we have with people that overpowers all the challenges and exhaustions.
We drove today heading north of Greece, but started late as usual – ~ 4pm. There was not much daylight left to choose a ride through the mountains, hence we decided to take 50% village roads and the other 50% highways.
After 2 hours of passing through small villages, we found a spot next to the beach to enjoy our „Filipino Mami soup“ – a leftover meal we had from a Filipino restaurant in Athens named ‚Bulacan Halo Halo’. We then searched a campground nearby to stay for a night. Unfortunately, it’s already off-season holiday here in Greece. It can be seen in some towns with vacation houses being empty. We were already at the doorstep of a camp, and all we heard were dogs barking at us. But thank goodness the gate was locked. My furry charm didn’t work to make them stop.
„C‘mmon, it’s still 13th of September,“ Kay thought. As we checked on their website, the last day is still on the 30th.
Well, we gave-up on waiting for somebody to come-out, and we checked for other camp around in which we found somewhere 25kms away. No way!!! Then we checked for alternatives – booking.com! To our surprise, there’s a last private-room available 10mins away the same price as staying in a campground. Who wouldn’t like that? Off we go!!!
As we arrived at the published address, it was a different building as we‘ve seen on photos. We asked the neighborhood, and seemed they’ve been asked of it many times that they knew exactly what we’ve been looking for. Haha!
Thankfully, we finally met up with the host. And yet, she was apologetic to us. We were confused. Then we understood that she was actually canceling the room that we booked, and yet we have booked it before she did. „Bummer!?!“ The room we booked is occupied. But it was nice of her to offer us a room on a guesthouse next to hers, a neighbor or relative maybe, but we didn’t care really.
And we’re glad to be where we were, in that moment. We were in the total care of grandmas and grandpas.
We caught them sitting in-front of an old television watching some kind of Greek tele-novelas. They invited us to sit-down with them, but we told them we have to walk to the city center to find something to eat. (Just imagine using body languages to exchange messages) Then one grandma got her house phone and dialed a number, called her daughter to ask what we wanted. She had been so thoughtful, and wanted her daughter to order food for us and to have her son delivered it.
They got curious of what brought us to their town. Then our conversation started with Google Audio Translator as a mediator.