The Burnetts have joined the throngs of American, British, and Chinese tourists here on Santorini. We were able to secure a spot in the packed marina in Vlychada and are rafted up against the breakwater with some jolly Romanians on a charter Lagoon, watching the tourist catamarans file in one by one after sunset. You don’t have to be in Oia to have a spectacular sunset here. It’s everywhere!
Having had a guest recently has given us a lot of Tourist Inertia, which Mel defines as: the tendency that once one gets into tourist mode, one remains in tourist mode unless acted on by an external force. In the last few days we visited three wineries in caves, the Akrotiri Minoan archaeological site, The Prehistoric Museum in Fira, a cool wine museum, a tomato paste factory/art gallery (you read that right), and the cute town of Pyrgos. We played mini golf and had a great time solving puzzles in the Kamari Escape Room. We even had the first Mexican food we’ve had in months, and it was AWESOME, at the appropriately-named Senor Zorba’s. Do you want enchiladas or moussaka with your margarita? Hell, just get both!
One night, we went to the La Ponta Venetian tower and saw an enthusiastic Greek demonstrate the connections between the Greek language, mythology, science, and music by playing ancient Greek instruments, including the bagpipes. It was as if we were getting a lesson on nature from Plato himself. Yannis wants to promote peace by distributing inexpensive, 3D-printed lyres to the schools. He has a point — America probably needs a little…Apollo…these days!
Of course, here’s the way to bring your Tourist Inertia to an abrupt halt. Stop at a cute café overlooking the caldera, have some ice cream, cake, and cactus juice, and get a 100 Euro bill. Wow! Should have checked the menu! Yep, time to turn in the car!
There is a chill in the air at night. Winter is coming. Like migratory birds, we need to start heading south. So we will reluctantly leave Amorgos, Naxos, Paros, Mikonos, and the other Cycladic islands for another time. Tomorrow, we head to Crete. We just decided that yesterday. “Where should we go next? I don’t know, how about Crete? Okay.” Isn’t that cool?