Ios

06/11/2015

Our shuttle to the port left at ten this morning. Gabby and I were sad to leave our nice hotel and Santorini as the shuttle dropped us off. We met the rest of our group at a café were we grabbed breakfast before getting on the ferry.
The ferry ride was only forty-five minutes, but I managed to sneak a nap in before arriving in Ios. We were a little nervous coming to Ios as every local we talked to said that it was a huge party island and to be careful with theft.
A shuttle from Far Out Beach Club was there to pick us all up and take us to the resort. He gave us the key to our "shack" and off we went looking for it. It actually turned out to be not too bad! It reminds me of the yerts in Clear Lake, except not as nice. It's a little small, but there's enough room for two beds and a stool, with white boards covering the entire room. There's a separate building for the bathroom and showers and laundry but we lucked out, being right beside it. After seeing the other huts we could have stayed in, I was very happy with our shack!
After getting settled we met Allison and Kayla on the beach where we laid there almost all afternoon. We walked around a little bit to explore, realizing we were actually on a really nice resort with a few pools, bars and water sports.
We got a drink and lounged by the pool before meeting up with the rest of the group for dinner.
This island is very small compared to Santorini, but the beaches here are way better. It's a lot more "resorty" than I thought it would be. I can't believe we only paid eight euros a night!
We met up with the group and shared a pizza and caesar salad for dinner. We figured it would be cheaper for the four of us to get a taxi to town than each of us buying bus tickets. There's only five taxi's on the entire island, if that gives you an idea of how small it.
The town area is also a lot smaller and shopping is limited. But we walked around town all evening, stopping for a delicious brownie crêpe to share.
We took the taxi back to our resort and parted our ways for bed. I had a shower before I went to sleep and I'll never forget the grossness of the bathrooms. Apparently soap isn't a thing in Ios!
Air conditioning is five euros a day, so we decided not to get it. Luckily our place cooled off at night and getting into bed was fine.

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