Hot and Cold and a little bit of Bling
15.09.2007 40 °C
Anti Paros, the smaller island just a stones throw from Paros its big brother is where I spent the next 6 days. I was here to do a few dives and couldn’t wait to get in the water. I arrived late on the ferry and made my way over to the bus stop to catch the bus going to Punda port which is where I had to catch another ferry to Anti Paros. The first bus was full and the next wasn’t due until 12:30pm but as luck has it I managed to share a taxi with a guy and his daughter (who were from Norway) to the port. Finally arriving I wandered up the street to find the dive shop. It was amazing to see the streets still buzzing with tourists, and the shops still open. I was given directions to my room, found it easily enough and crashed for the night.
I spent the next day wandering around the quaint little streets and ally’s of the town and watching the local fisherman selling their catch of fish, octopus and squid. The following 5 days I dived, the water was a little cooler than Thailand but the visibility made up for that. I met some great people (Sarah, Vanessa, Louise who kindly shared their balcony with me and Tom who bought us all waffles….yummy! Thanks Tom) and had some equally great dives. We found out that Tom Hanks done his open water certification with the company we were diving with and comes back every so often to dive with his sons….apparently he’s pretty good. Eventually it was time for me to leave the island and head back to Athens. It wasn’t long before I was back and on my way to the UK, where I spent a few weeks before heading to the USA.
Miami….Pimp your ride and Bring you’re Bling, that’s what it seemed to be all about. I was glad to be somewhere warm. As with Greece I was here to do some diving so wasted no time in booking a couple of dives with South Beach Divers. No wet suit needed on these dives as the water was a warm 32 deg c beautiful! I spent the rest of the time soaking up the sun and doing a tour of the Everglades.
Next on my list was Las Vegas! And time to stay in a hotel for a change. I stayed at the Sahara in the older part of the strip, not a bad place and let’s face it better than any hostel! I took a rip out to the Grand Canyon crossing the Hoover Dam on the way. The Canyon almost look like a painted backdrop, it’s hard to perceive its depth as it’s so big.
I spent most of my time in Vegas walking the strip checking out the various shows and casinos. Going to see KA by cirque du soleil was the highlight, an awesome show!. The rest of the time was going as many of the rides the strip had to offer.
Only five days in Vegas and I was on my way to Canada. There was only one problem, I was flying via Dallas then to Calgary, bags all checked in, the flight was cancelled due to dodgy battery. After a couple of hours I managed to get a direct flight on Air Canada so it worked out quite well, minus my bag though, it wouldn’t arrive until the next day. So now im in Calgary (cow town) sitting in my hostel listening to some guy ( think he’s Jamaican) telling me and another guy that we should not be using our laptops as he cant sleep because according to him, they are drawing too much energy!…..Fruitcake!!