Greece was originally in our travel plans and then it wasn’t because we swapped it out for another country. But, because we will arrive back in the USA just in time to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary with an empty bank account, we went big on anniversary number four. I also couldn’t listen to Anthony talk about wanting to see the “blue dome roofs” any longer.
So, after booking a last-minute flight from Spain, we arrived in Santorini at the happening hour of three in the morning. Because the island airport is small, we had to forgo sleeping inside and ended up sitting on the curb eating airport snacks until sunrise.
Our bus then arrived at seven and we made it to our studio apartment just in time to crash for the day. Traveling at night and sleeping for a full 24 hours has become quite typical for us.
Like San Sebastián, days in Santorini are slow and we spend most of our time sleeping on the black sand beaches and riding a moped around the island. We also spend a lot of time eating...feta, gyros, falafel, chickpeas burgers…it is all life changing!
Aside from beach life and gaining weight, we also did normal things like reading books together. I know we are behind the bandwagon on this one, but we finally read Love Does by Bob Goff.Let’s just say Bob might as well have joined us in Santorini because he was basically present in every conversation. “Bob says…” became a frequent saying at dinner and I think I even used “Remember when Bob…” a few times, as if we go way back.
Another activity, and one of my favorite experiences on our trip so far, was at an outdoor movie theater.
Situated in a nearby town, we sped down the windy roads at sunset just in time to grab seats. The screen was in a small yard enclosed by wooden fences and surrounded by tropical plants. Palm trees and twinkle lights created a canopy over ten rows of white canvas chairs underneath the stars.
It sounds so uneventful, but eating popcorn while laughing along at a movie with people from all over the world was such a special experience. I think laughter is a language that unites people and reminds us we’re not so different from each other.
After the movie, we rode back to our room under a full moon. I hugged Anthony tight and closed my eyes to take it all in. The smell of baking pita filled the air as we drove through little towns and I couldn’t help but look up to say “thanks” for such a beautiful experience.