Departure of paradise in Greece, Chalcidice.
Hey, eh , so… We kinda forgot about this post 😱 but no worries, it’s finally here! Enjoy!
Today marks the day of our departure in Greece. We’ll be heading back to our refrigerator, called Belgium. After a good night’s sleep in our kingsize bed and a great breakfast provided by the hotel, we had to wait a couple more hours for the bus (destination: Thessaloniki airport) to pick us up. We decided to stack a water supply for the rest of the day and went back to the board walk one last time.
After walking on this mesmerizing beach for one last time, we went back to the hotel to escape the burning sun. It was the most sauna-like day we experienced during our stay. With two more hours on the clock and unable to return to our room, as we had already checked-out, we waited in the comfortable couches in the breakfast area.
The trip back.
Once it was time for us to part ways with Ierissos, we strolled towards our bus stop. This ended up being more stressful than we’d thought. We went back to the place where we got dropped off. In our country we usually have a bus stop on the other side of the street so we right there because there were no signs from the bus company whatsoever. After sitting in that shed for over an hour, we finally saw a bus approaching that looked to be heading back towards Thessaloniki. But unfortunately for us, that wasn’t the case.
We breathed a great sigh of relief when the bus driver helped us giving indications towards the correct bus stop, AGAIN without any signs of the company. As time flew by, the right bus finally arrived. It was packed with people, therefore they barely had any seats left for us. It all eventually worked out in the end once we’d found some in the back, next to some sweaty lads and goat shepherds 👃.
The drive itself was like a bottomless pit, endlessly long. We both listened to some music, and tried to relax. Dying to go to the bathroom, we sprinted out of the bus when arriving at the Thessaloniki bus station. Although the return bus trip was remarkably shorter in duration than the trip to Ierissos. Being the hungry kiddos we are, we got ourselves some food in the cafeteria there.
We took a taxi back to the airport as we were fed up with public transportation and we would’ve needed to take 3 buses to get there. The taxi ride itself wasn’t very expensive because it wasn’t that far away (10min drive). Once at the airport, we were an hour too early to be check in. It was a teeny tiny airport, even smaller than ours in Charleroi. It only had two places to eat (and you couldn’t even get proper meals, just snacks and sandwiches) and one big fax-free store.
Naturally we bought some things from the tax-free store and ate some margarita pizzas from the sandwich place. They were minuscule, just like the airport. Whilst waiting to board the plane, we were reviewing pictures taken on our travels.
After waiting for a long time on the stairs to get into a shuttle bus to our plane, we finally got into the cabine and headed back to our cold, rainy Belgium. It was the most advertised flight we both have ever been on. Either the flight attending or the stewards/stewardesses were talking our ears of the ENTIRE flight. If that wasn’t enough of a sign to not have left Greece, we literally landed in THE worst weather conditions possible. It was poring rain and we had to walk ( more like run) to get into the terminal to not be soaking wet and get our luggage back.
But hey, withstanding all these travel-adventures together, we survived, acclimated to the cold again and WE ARE BACK, BABY 😎.
I really hope you all enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve liked writing them! I had a great experience over there and learned a lot. Drank more mojito’s on the beaches than learned anything really, but still🍹🍻🌅😝.