If you have kept an eye on my instagram profile, then you might know that I have recently spent a week in Kos, Greece. It was a last minute decision. At Wednesday the 27th I wrote my mother and asked if she wanted to go on a last minute trip. I thought that I couldn’t convince her, so it was mostly a joke, but it wasn’t hard at all! I couldn’t travel on Thursday the 28th which would have been a cheaper day to travel. On the 28th we sat down and looked at trips at 4 pm we booked a trip and at 7 am on the 29th we were on a flight to Greece! What started as a joke ended up becoming a reality! It was actually really nice to get away from uni (which I needed at the point) and it was really nice that we just did it instead of just talking about it. And October just seemed so far away, I needed to travel sooner!
Getting back to Greece
My first real travel (Denmark and a day visit to Germany doesn’t really count) started 20 years ago in Crete, Greece. This would be my fourth visit to Greece, but a first time to Kos, so I didn’t know what to expect. We landed in Greece. Because we bought a package trip we were met by a guide who lead us to the bus. This is rather usual for the average backpacker, but it was nice that I didn’t have to think about getting the cheapest transport, but just had to step on the bus. We were several people on the bus and it stopped in front of a lot of hotels before arriving at ours. All the families with small children got off at the first stop – We were happy to see that we weren’t going to stay in a family hotel, because we had no idea which kind of hotel we were staying at. We just knew the name. It turned out that we were staying in the hotel with all the Danish pensioners instead, well at least they aren’t loud people 😉 The hotel looked like something from the 70s but the staff were really friendly and the hotel was owned by a local family (that sort of hotel that I like to support).
The weather wasn’t as expected the first day. We had left a rainy and grey Denmark for a sunny and warm Greece. Well at least that was what we thought! On the way to the hotel we were met by heavy rain and a dark sky. We hoped that it wouldn’t last!
Checking out the city centre and a local restaurant
After checking into the hotel we decided to explore the city! We lived 1.5 km outside of the city and decided to walk by the coastline and just walk where ever we wanted. We actually didn’t have a clue of where to go and where the city centre where, but we had a clue 😉 I quickly found a small and busy taverna, because we hadn’t eating in 8 hours or something like that. We were so hungry that everything would have been delicious, but the souvlaki was actually really nice. We walked around town. The city center is beautiful: full of old churches, parks, ruins and flowers! It is obvious that Kos has been influenced by not only Greek architecture, but Turkish too! I really liked the city from the first eye. There is just something about ruins and parks 🙂 The clouds became just a bit too dark when we decided to go “home”. We just got into the reception when the rain started – way to go timing!
We decided to enter the information meeting that the Danish travel agency held. We knew that they were mostly doing it to sell overpriced trips, but we thought that we might as well go to get information and inspiration to the island 🙂 It actually turned out that they sold trips for €37, which we could get at the local travel agency for only €20 (the same price for doing it ourselves) needless to say we didn’t wanted to take any trips with the Danish company…
We walked back to the city from the meeting and found a local restaurant. It was really early in the evening, but we had only slept for three hours that night and we were soooo tired! We could hardly think! The personal at the restaurant were really friendly and genuinely happy that we ordered Greek food instead of pizza and pasta. We passed out at about 8 pm in the evening and slept for 12 hours….
Read more about our other days in Kos here
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