The perfect end to our evening last night ended promptly as soon as I published the blog. BHW started to not feel well after dinner but we brushed it off thinking it was just because we were exhausted and jet lagged. At around 1:30AM I was finishing up the blog and BHW ran to the bathroom and spilled his guts. The first thought I had was 'Oh great, how are we going to get on our flight in a few hours to Athens if he is like this?!' No, I did not immediately think about the health of my husband, yes I'm aware that was not a smooth move. BHW was in and out of the bathroom every 30 minutes or so losing his cookies. I can't think of an eloquent way of saying 'throw-up' so just deal with it. It's not an eloquent event in the first place.
At around 2:40AM, things started calming down and BHW had just about ran out of anything to spew. He drifted off to sleep and I started packing our bags as quietly as I could. We had to be up in 3 hours and I think my body is still unsure of what time zone I'm in, I am never tired in the evening. I decided I was making another poor choice as a wife, as I was being a little loud, so I crawled in bed and tried to sleep. 5:30AM came pretty quickly but we had a plane to catch so there was no option for lazing around in bed.
BHW felt alright up until we locked the door behind us (with the keys inside, left for the owner) to head to the train station. We slowly made our way to the tram station, trying to get BHW there in one piece. We made it to the station and bought our tram tokens, inserted them into the machine to get through the tram gate and.. the gate didn't open. Of course, out of the 4 machines, the one we chose to use was broken. BHW went and bought us more tickets (thankfully they were less than $2 USD each).
We got to the airport and through security with generally no issue, besides the fact that BHW felt like crap. The plane we took to Athens, Greece was a propeller plane. Nothing I hadn't dealt with before, and I was so tired I didn't even care. The 1 hour flight was uneventful and I slept most of the way. I woke up in time to get a glimpse of Greece from above, what a sight! Once through customs, we made our way to the Metro that was going to take us to our apartment. On our way there we ran into a German couple who kindly gave us their 7 day unlimited Metro passes. They said they were leaving and the pass was good until Saturday, what a steal! I guess that makes up for the tram tokens we lost in Istanbul, and the museum pass fail, and (not sure if I told ya this goody) our $5 NYC subway ticket loss too (rookie mistake).
Once we got off the train we had to orient ourselves to the city. We had no map and there were hardly any road signs either. Great. After walking, turning around, asking someone, turning back around, asking someone else, walking, and then turning around.. we passed a tall dark man with dark sunglasses that stopped us and said, 'Are you Johnny?'. My mind immediately goes to the movie Taken and I just cock my head to the side and stare at him. No way was I giving into his scheme! He was going to kidnap me and torture me! The brief pause between sentences was enough time for me to come up with a wild story like that. 'I'm Aris, your host!', he says. I will live to see another day! Praise be! But seriously, he was just standing in the middle of Athens.. how in the world did he find us?! He said 'I thought you might be lost.. so I just waited here.' What did he do? Ask every single American that passed if they were Johnny? Anywho, Aris, you rock. Thank you for finding our lost selves.
Aris showed BHW and I around the gorgeous (and brand new!) apartment. Complete with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a private outdoor patio/garden. BHW still wasn't feeling up to par and we were both running on very little sleep so we took a 4 hour nap. It was supposed to only be 1 hour.. but.. ya know. At 6PM we woke up and decided it was time to get our bums out of bed and breathe some fresh air. We headed to the local grocery store down the way to get some supplies. We don't really have much money (duh) so we decided that while we are here for a few days, we'll make use of the kitchen and cook some meals here and there instead of going out 3 times a day every single day.
We dropped off our groceries and headed back out to look around. Our apartment is a quick 10 minute walk to the Acropolis so we headed in that direction. It was dark but the Acropolis was lit up beautifully. Somehow we ended up finding these huge rocks that had some stairs to the top. There were a few other people there, mostly locals, hanging out. It was a breathtaking view of the city, we were 360 degrees surrounded by the city! I took a panorama of it but it was quite dark so it didn't turn out that well. Oh, and did I mention my camera has a crack on the lens so I'm stuck using my phone as a camera the entire trip? Yeah, that was a big bummer. I loved that camera! It started to get a tad chilly and I only had a tshirt on so we headed back to the apartment. It was around 9 so I cooked up some dinner, rosemary (fresh from the garden outside!) chicken & penne with balsamic honey thyme vinegar with salad.
And that is where our night ends. We haven't really made a solid plan for tomorrow but hopefully it will be filled with lots of sightseeing and fun! Stay tuned!
At our wedding we had the guests vote on where they thought we should go for our honeymoon, and they voted Greece! So, 11 months later, we are finally making the journey! Turkey and Greece, here we come!