Friday, July 1, 2011

Iraklio Again -- Damn It!


Friday, July 1, 2011—Iralkio, Crete, Greece


Made the decision today to bail out of Crete, skip Frangokastello and a few other places I’d like to see and head out to other islands. So I’m heading east, to Sitia and a boat for Karpathos. I could have made it there tonight. But after five-plus hours on busses and hanging out in bus stations I was too worn out to hop on another bus. Besides, if I would have gone on I wouldn’t have gotten in there till at least nine-thirty at night and it’s not fun trying to find a room and generally get situated in a new town after dark. So I stopped here and am crashing at Hotel Lena, where I stayed last time I was in town. Tomorrow I’ll catch the 10:45 bus and be in Sitia around 2:15 (there’s a 6:30 AM bus, but fuck that). I was pretty burned out when I got here and still sore from my hike. So, since there’s nothing in this town I want to see that I haven’t been to already, I just took an afternoon nap and then headed out for a nice dinner. And that’s going to be all there is for this stop …






Realizing that I’ve been getting in some bad habits here in Crete, that I've been treating this trip more like a little vacation than the extended sojourn it is. First off, I’ve been drinking coffee again for the first time in seven years. Starting tomorrow that’s done (I’m not looking forward to a caffeine headache on my bus trip, but I WILL NOT be owned by any substance. Digestive problems that were plaguing me back home have also come back. Katie thinks I’m lactose intolerant. I think she may be right. So yesterday I did an experiment and dairyed out, just to see what would happen—gastro-hell occurred. So starting tomorrow dairy will be gone as well (hard to do in the land of feta and goat’s milk but it’s gotta happen). I’ve also been drinking too much—alcohol with every meal is not my style. Starting tomorrow that also gets cut way back. So I guess the Dodecanese=health for Rob. Yeah, I win again …


I'm thinking of coming back to Crete for the last week of my trip, to hit the places I missed and maybe to do another Gavdos run (I miss that place). That will give my journey a nice circular quality too.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't give up the feta!!! that's the best part of a greek salad (and the olives of course).

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helicopter steve said...

+1 re the feta. What the hell, do the Dodgers have an owner yet?

Rob Woodard said...

Feta makes Rob Senor Flatulante, just for starters. I'm more worried about keeping on weight if I stop eating diary. It's the only reason i don't have a body like Iggy Pop's!