Greece Bus Tour Day 2 – Athens

map_of_athens1  The first real day of our tour. We were in Athens. It’s breakfast time. It’s 6am Greece time and 10pm Sam time. I’m dying already. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. My Uncle has the Jimmy legs (Seinfeld joke) and I tossed and turned. Breakfast was a sack left on the door knob of all of our rooms. It contained an orange or an apple, a water bottle, one muffin, one slice of toast with nothing on it, and a whistle.

I thought cool, we all probably need the whistles so I shoved mine in my pocket. I ate my orange, bartered my muffin for an apple, gave away my toast and only took a few drinks off of my water bottle just in case I may need more later. We packed up, grabbed our bags and off we went.

The bus! The bus was awesome. I had school flashbacks of Drew and I commanding the back few seats for only us and our friends and trying to act cool. Well as cool as you can be riding on a bus. The bus driver was affable and looked a little like that doctor in Cannonball Run.

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The finger guy. That one. Yes. It’s probably his son.

We hit the first site, got out in an excited group, walked up, took photos, read all of the historical information. We got to ask 2 questions each, OKAY LETS GET BACK NOW THANK YOU YES WE GO Lol Our guide said that every single time. We had no idea this was exactly how each site would go and we figured out how to get the most out of our 1 hour at each place. The next site and the next went exactly like that. Walk, photo, info, question, load up!

We made it to the last site, the 5th one, and I was starting to feel weird. I asked Drew how he was feeling and he said like he got flung off of a space ride and landed back on Earth with no parachute. I said I don’t feel that bad but something’s up. Guess what I forgot. When you are taking a shower don’t let foreign water drip into your mouth Lol Guess what I dealt with the entire rest of the bus tour. Bad water stomach! Dun dun dunnnnnn! It was horrible.

We left Athens at 6pm and traveled to the next place. Up next according to my papers said Nafplion!

Okay, so I started reading off some random things my tour book said about Nafplion. The bus driver decided I didn’t know shit about anything and would add in his 2 cents. Which was funny and also offensive. He seems to know a lot about all the good drinking places and what dark alleyway not to go down late at night. He wasn’t very helpful on the good shopping places or any places to eat. He kept saying no good, no good.

We make it to Nafplion, check into our rooms, get settled in and pass out for the night. Until our English tour guide bangs on my door at 2am and asks if I know where one of my aunts is at. She’s missing.

She’s what? She’s 67 years old, how is she missing! He said her roommate (Husband) can’t find it, she went out to get some bottled water 2 hours ago and hasn’t been seen since. Great. So I had to get up, get dressed and start looking around. We asked the hotel people if they had seen her. Yes, yes, she went out the front doors 2 hours ago. She asked where to buy water and snacks. I guess my uncle and her had been having hunger pangs late at night and he did not want to go out and get food. So she went to shut him up Lol I started walking around looking to see if I could find any stores open. I asked the guide what was nearby. He went one way, I went the other and we finally found her sitting in a restaurant drinking greek coffee and watching soccer Lol She said she had gotten lost and found her way to the restaurant and needed to calm her nerves before she found her way back. I told her if she needs something send me, I would go. It’s dangerous and it worries me. She said it was an adventure and she’s not a child so stop treating her like one Lol We walked her back to her room, gave each other a look like Wow, and both went back to bed.

Greece Bus Tour Day 1

The idea of a family vacation with Drew started up last year. He wanted to go international and his wife really wanted to go to Italy. Him and I had already went to Italy a few times. We volleyed ideas back and forth for weeks until we all agreed on Greece. I have always wanted to go there. It’s the history and the architecture that I’m interested in. All so very complex and beautiful. I knew some of my older Aunts and Uncles would want to join us because they have always wanted to visit there also. I promised Drew my side of the family would not ruin the vacation and he didn’t believe me at all. He was right.

We got everyone to New York city on time. Then we loaded up on the plane and off we went. 11 and a half hours later we land in Athens, Greece. Day 1 starts off and the hotel is not at all what the pictures in the brochure advertise (Is it ever?) so we had to adjust sleeping arrangements and I ended up sharing my bed with my Uncle that I don’t like. He snores, talks in his sleep, and puts his teeth in a glass on the bathroom counter. I know one day that will be my teeth in a glass on the counter, but for right now I cringe looking at them sitting there.

We got dressed and ready for a nice family dinner. Right? Wrong. The only restaurant we all agreed to go to had the worst service. The food was terrible and the water, I mean the sludge they say is water was not drinkable. After we left we walked around a little then met up in the lobby to figure out the schedule for the next day. I was the Trip Advisor. I was also the luggage guy, the errand boy, the Messenger and the Bad News Giver, as well as the last man standing when it came to being left on the bus at night looking for someone’s glasses, phone, or anything else that was a lost and never to be seen again.

Day 1 really was all about trying to get a good night’s sleep and soaking in the amazement and awe of being in Greece. The jet lag did not hit me. Yet. Oh but it did hit me, then slap me, then yank me down into these random bus naps that made my neck hurt the entire trip.

Day 2 was not much better. Day 2 we met the bus driver and saw our glorious tour vehicle from hell!

 

Updates are coming

Hey everyone! I have had a very busy summer. I will finally get time tonight to post all of the blog posts I wrote on my Greece vacation. I wrote everyday to remember the funny things that happened on the trip. I’m also packing up and getting ready to leave tomorrow morning. Lindsay and I are going to Rio for the Olympics! We will be there for 4 days. Then we are coming back. We will get to see the opening ceremony in the stadium, then we are going to watch her cousin compete in the Equastrian practice things. We won’t be able to watch her compete. Her cousin is NOT Australian despite internet rumors. I find it hilarious anytime either one of us says anything, there’s an immediate fact check on it. Go for it trolls. You still have nothing better to do with your lives? Move on, geez Lol

My boys are doing great. They are getting big and moving around a lot more. As my nanny says they are just eating and growing hair. That’s all they do. They had a great time with their cousins. I heard they had a few fun adventures of their own and I will be able to share those as well.

I haven’t had time to write on here that much. Too much going on. Work keeps me busy and I really do spend all my free time with my kids. When I’m home, it’s all them. Until they go to bed. Then I get to have some free time to start cleaning up after them. It never ends. Wait until they start getting around on their own everyone tells me. We had our first roll over. Exciting news in our home. And a few other good news items to share.

I will post more tonight! Hope everyone is as excited as I am for the Olympics. GO U.S.A.!