Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
- African proverb
After an awesome time in Greece, our next stop was Italy. I was excited to see all of the history and famous landmarks; to eat a ton of pizza; to drink as much wine as I could; and to act like a tourist around all the other people. I was nervous about the crowds, pickpockets, and language barriers. That’s pretty much my standard areas of nervousness, though, so I guess it was normal.
Our flight from Athens to Rome went off without a hitch. (On a side note, the Athens airport is the last place I ever saw my ill-fated journal. RIP, little buddy.) Since Italy is part of the European Union (EU), we didn’t have to go through customs. I was extremely disappointed that we missed out on a bunch of passport stamps. Maybe I can draw them in or something.
We almost never take taxis so we hopped on the airport train. It was a super nice train with lots of seats. I happened to sit next to the door which, apparently, can cut you in half if you’re not quick enough:
We were very tired after a sleepless night in Greece before we left. Why they let those groups of teens giggle in the halls of hotels without a chaperone, I’ll never understand. I would’ve done it if I’d gone on an overnight as a teen but I really just wanted to sleep. In any case, all we had energy to do was walk to our hotel, meet our hall monitor, and go to sleep. Exploring can wait until the morning!
The hall monitor is on the right, by the way.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
- Charles Kettering
It’s not just the sunsets in Santorini that are beautiful. Between the dramatic cliffs and caldera and the white buildings with blue domes, Santorini is gorgeous! We spent our days just walking around the main walking street in town, people-watching, and taking photos.
Everyone knows I’m a huge animal lover. Santorini is famous for its donkeys who take people up and down the cliffs. However, I was more charmed by the stray cats that lived at our hotel and the dogs that prowled the streets.
Someone thinks we should let him into our apartment. We were strictly warned that we should not feed or house the wild cats, though. It didn’t stop him from trying to tempt us with his cuteness.
These two friends were pretty cute all cuddled up on our porch chair.
Cats like sunsets, too.
“Seriously, guys? Just a little food? Please?”
This guy was balancing along the caldera.
The dogs around town don’t have such a bad gig. They seem to just sleep all day.
Look how toasty brown they are. Clearly this is a good tanning location.
All right, he’s a little funky looking but he’s got the right idea – soaking up the warm weather in the shade. Anyone with freckles (like him and me) know that this is the correct approach.
Santorini Animal Welfare Society (SAWA) is an animal welfare association on Santorini. They take care of concerns about strays as well as concerns about the treatment of donkeys (more about that later). They’re a small-scale organization and mainly focus on spay/neutering (which is super important in stray populations) and medical programs. I would assume there are a limited number of homes available for these animals and SAWA seeks adopters from the mainland or outside of Greece. The dogs in Greece all seemed to be sturdy, well-fed, and well-mannered guys (generally, of course) so it probably wouldn’t be the worst place to adopt from! The adoptable dogs on their page are really cute, too.
Santorini is famous for its sunsets. In particular, the white domes of the houses make for some spectacular sunsets. We watched the Santorini sunset from a new place every day – everyone on the island does. We really lucked out with some great weather. Here are some of the best pictures: