Friday, July 10, 2015

thessaloniki, greece

Going through the Greek border control.

Border guard: "What's your destination?"
Kyle: "GREECE!"

After a delayed flight and a scary drive through a thunderstorm in the dark mountain roads that, at some point, got so scary that we had to pull over in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Macedonia and just wait in the car, we finally made it to Thessaloniki. First things we see? Very ghetto suburbs, streets narrower than anywhere else, a prostitute that was definately a dude and a countless number of stray dogs. Welcome to Greece!

I read somewhere that Athens is the most overrated and Thessaloniki the most underrated city in Greece. I also read that Thessaloniki is supposedly the 5th best party city in the world. That, and the fact that there's a white tower somewhere, were the only things I/we knew before our arrival. A picture-perfect island in the Mediterranean would probably be a better first impression of Greece than abandoned houses and massive lines at every ATM, but this was our Greece. And it was still pretty nice. But don't ask me, what else could I say about a place where every dinner in a restaurant comes with a free dessert. Definately worth going. Kyle even caught a jelly fish from the sea with a paper cup, which pissed Poseidon off so that we had to run home from yet another thunderstorm.

Tips for Thessaloniki?
Find the hidden restaurants under the grape wines.

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And a few pics of our drive through Greece towards Albania. Absolutely beautiful. If only finding a gas station that actually has some 95 left would be a bit less stressful. :D

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