Week 9

Week 9

Saturday May 23rd

Sites Visited: None (various Turkish bus stops, Ayvalik ferry port, semi-unreality of perpetual movement)

Where did we stay tonight?: Mytilini (Lesvos)

Leaders: Ally Begly and Kait Barber

Today was a big travel day. After awakening very early (5:45), we ate a final breakfast at Istanbul’s Hotel Tria, home of the most incredible breakfast spread/desert bar that we have encountered so far in our travels. We then boarded a shuttle bus that took us to the bus station in Istanbul. Our bus was scheduled to leave at 8:00am and arrive at the port at 5:00pm, so we had a long ride ahead. Though some of us were expecting the worst, the Turkish bus system turned out to be a very classy establishment. In addition to having a satellite TV connection (even though only Turkish soaps were on), the bus had extremely comfortable seats, and, most importantly a snack and beverage cart. Most of us caught up on sleep/our Iliad reading during the ride. Around 5 pm, we arrived at the port, where we got ready to catch a boat to the island of Lesbos. After CJ had a high-speed chase to retrieve his camera, we were ready to go. The ferry took about an hour, and then we were back in Greece. We all miss Istanbul, but it was nice to have a gyro again after 4 days, because some of us were going into withdrawal. Tomorrow we check out the archaeological museum and head to the petrified forest!

Video on the boat:

Day 63 Photo Gallery:

Alex is excited about this eight hour bus ride!

Alex is excited about this eight hour bus ride!

Kate and Alex M. get comfortable on the posh "Camel coach".

Kate and Alex M. get comfortable on the posh "Camel coach".

The Camel Coach in all its splendourous glory.

The Camel Coach in all its splendourous glory.

Finally off the bus, Jerry commences his ritual search for Greek wireless networks.

Finally off the bus, Jerry commences his ritual search for Greek wireless networks.

The timeless romance of a boy and his loaf.

The timeless romance of a boy and his loaf.

Kathryn and Jason recover from the long bus ride.

Kathryn and Jason recover from the long bus ride.

Chris returns from a dramatic high speed taxi/camel coach chase featuring diverse cinematic shenanigans.

Chris returns from a dramatic high speed taxi/camel coach chase featuring diverse cinematic shenanigans.

The picturesque ferry port at Ayvalik.

The picturesque ferry port at Ayvalik.

Ben relaxes on the lawn with some young Turks.

Ben relaxes on the lawn with some young Turks.

On the ferry to Lesvos.

On the ferry to Lesvos.

Relaxing on the boat to Lesvos.

Relaxing on the boat to Lesvos.

A party boat in the harbor at Ayvalik.

The party boat Bambi having more fun than our boat in the harbor at Ayvalik.

Alex and Joe smile the smile of crazed travellers who have lost all sense of time and space.

Alex and Joe smile the smile of crazed travellers who have lost all sense of time and space.

Jerry is gripped by his new 4,000 page Science Fiction novel.

Jerry is gripped by his new 4,000 page Science Fiction novel.

Ben and his ladies on the boat.

Ben and his ladies on the boat.

Prof. Christesen snaps an "Owlie."

Prof. Christesen snaps an "Owlie."

Approach to Mytilini on Lesvos.

Approach to Mytilini on Lesvos.

Coming into the port of Mytilini as the sun sets.

Coming into the port of Mytilini as the sun sets.


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