Pompeii, Corfu, jetskis and the Contiki cough
*Post was written on my trip and posted – a bit more than intended, apologies for my cold – retroactively on account of bad wifi (and said cold!)*
So, we left Rome the next morning bright and early for what was an all travel day, puntucated with a stop in Pompeii.
Pompeii was again, about a zillion degrees, and there was very little shade, making that an extra treat 😝 However the town was worth it in my opinion, as we got to walk through the theatre:
Any city forum:
Of all those people whose lives were essentially frozen in time by Vesuvius.
There aren’t any bodies actually at the site of Pompeii now, in case anyone was curious, but there were three plaster casts of a man:
And a baby:
On display that were kind of fascinating in a terrible way.
After Pompeii we got back on the bus again and travel the whole day to make it to our first ferry, which was 10 hours and took us to mainland Greece. We did have cabins, thank goodness, and me and another girl acutually got to share a 4 person one because of a goof, which was great, but by that point I was out of my nightime cold meds that I’d gotten in Nice – Actifed, if anyone is ever stuck in France and looking for Tylenol cold day and night is the French version – and I was coughing every time I took a deep breath, which kept me up almost all night. Additionally we had to get up at 4:30 am to disembark, which was torture, so I was basically wipped out. Thankfully I managed to sleep on the second 2 hour ferry to Corfu, which is a beautiful island.
Our hotel – whee, no more campsites – was really lovely, with a beautiful view and all whites and blues that felt really Greek.
The downside was our “cabin” was up a very steep hill, and because sof the heat I didn’t want to do the climb more than once a day, so sometimes I’d spend a few hours at the lobby waiting for dinner rather than in my room with A/C, but that was a small complaint.
Corfu was basically just a slow of pace, where we could relax and chill, which given that I wasnt sleeping much with my cough was a good thing. The first day I napped and then swam in the pool, and the second I felt a bit better so I went and rented a jet ski, which was actually probably the most fun I had the whole trip! I’d never been on one before and didn’t really understand the appeal until I was on it and gunning it, and trust me by then I got it! 😉
I want one 😉
That night we had our optional Ionian dinner, which was pretty good, and had Greek dancing which was really fun. We all participated in a really confused version of that Greek circle dance, and then some club dancing to the most random things – I’m pretty sure some Dirty Dancing music was in there – and then some people did the Greek plate breaking dance and we watched a dance where they set the floor on fire!
The evening was only blighted by some drunk bachelor party assholes who were way agressive to all the girls while dancing – even I had to escape at one point after being cornerned – and who threw a glass in the plate breaking dance even after the lady speficially said not too. Still, the night was really fun, and I’m glad I got up and danced 🙂
The next day we took a cruise on George’s Boat, captained by the hilarious George who played the Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” as his theme song and made really corny jokes about his sex life 😉
The boat cruise stopped at 3 places along the island – the first was a floating platform where we could do water sports. I really wanted to parasail, but the wind wasn’t safe unfortunately and I didn’t feel up to tubing behind a boat as I thought it might make me nauseous given how I was sick. I did jump off the boat and swim in the incredibly salty ocean, but unfortunately not before I fell back onto the deck of the boat and hurt my back.
Thankfully I didn’t hurt it too bad, its just stiff, but I did spend the rest of the cruise resting it and working on my tan rather than jumping in again 😉
After the cruise we had diner at our hotel and then there was a toga party that I skipped in an effort to try and get some sleep, but that mostly failed too, as I was super tired by the time I’d hauled my stuff down for check out so we could head to Athens.
The highlight of Corfu for me was definitely the jet ski – I honestly had so much fun on it that I’m trying to figure out how to have one in Newfoundland 😉 But it was nice to relax, even if I was kind of tired and sick, and it was an incredibly beautiful island 🙂