Back to the EU – Mainland Greece

I spent most of my visit partly sightseeing, partly visiting every coffee shop in town to get refreshments and another chapter of Harry Potter.

Lake Pamvotida

Since I last wrote on the blog several days ago I’ve been really busy, travelling in Greece, climbing ancient monuments, reading fat books and partying. All shall be accounted for in the following blogs.

Ioannina street with view of mountains
Ioannina street with view of mountains
Ioannina

I crossed the border to Greece on the 29th of July. It was far easier than expected. An hour after crossing, I stood at the bus station in Ioannina where I found myself baking in the sun with an extremely heavy backpack. I think the reason it was so easy for me was my very handy EU passport. All my fellow travellers from the bus had to wait in the long line for non-EU citizens.

I had no idea where to sleep that night. So I crossed the city in search of three things:

  1. a hotel
  2. an internet connection
  3. and Harry Potter.

Firstly, I found a really great internet café where it was not only cheap, but the staff also did everything they could to help me in my hunt for a bed for the night.

Ioannina street with view of mountains
Ioannina street with view of mountains

Then I went on, finding a book store where they had one last copy of Harry Potter, which I greedily dragged down the shelf, while smirking widely. Also here they did everything in their power to remember names of different hotels in town. They gave me a few names to continue my search, though I’ll admit that I could gladly have found a bench for the night as I’d finally found my new travel mate: Harry.

In the end however no bench was needed. I found a hotel, cheap and nice and highly above Albanian standards. With the backpack off my shoulders, I lay down for an hours rest.

Modern Sculpture in Ioannina
Modern Sculpture in Ioannina

After waking up I spent most of the evening, as well as the following day, partly sightseeing, partly visiting every coffee shop in town to get refreshments and another chapter of Harry Potter. I finished the bloody book in less than 24 hours. I guess I really needed a break from the travelling. I can feel that I’m a little tired of all the bus driving and sightseeing, meeting new people and so on. So Thanks J. K. Rowling for making a great book, which gave me that break. But a good suggestion: make a pocket edition as well next time. It’s pretty heavy to carry around!

Zofka

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