After some minor problems getting to the airport, made it to Orly Airport around 11:30 Tuesday night. Our flight was not scheduled to leave until 6:30 AM, but we had to get to the airport at night so we didn't have to call a taxi in the middle of the night. We slept in the airport for several hours before waking up around 4:30 AM to check our bags and go through security. Luckily, we made our weight requirements with our luggage and no one had any problems.
We boarded the plane around 6:00 AM and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep immediately. I even missed most of the safety demonstrations that they did before the plane took off because I was already half asleep. I slept almost the entire flight, and before I knew it, the captian was saying that we were preparing to land. I looked out my window, and I saw the bluest and prettiest water and islands that I have ever seen. I am looking forward to visiting some of those islands and going to the beach! It was exciting to finally be flying over Greece!
We got off the plane and had to find where the apartment is that we are renting. We had to take several metros, and then walk at least 10 minutes to the apartment. On the first metro, we did not know that our luggage had to go on the luggage racks on the one part of the train. Well, some Greek lady came up and started yelling at us, so that wasn't the best start to our time in Greece. So far, most people here haven't been very friendly or helpful. We did have one man that helped us find our way on the metro to get to our apartment, so we were thankful for that because the one metro line was shut down and we got confused as to which one to take.
Once we arrived to our apartment, the owner of the apartment wasn't too happy that we were a little late getting there. She showed us our apartment and where everything was. We have a really nice covered outside porch that we slept on last night. However, we didn't have hot water for our first showers here. We had a guy come to look at it, so now hopefully it will work the rest of our time here. Our landlady told us that we would only have half an hour at a time of hot water, so quick showers are in order. After showering yesterday, we went and got something to eat. I got a chicken gyro and it was amazing. We just hung out in the apartment for the rest of the evening. We were all so tired and went to bed a little after 10.
Our plan today was to go to the beach, but when we woke up this morning, it was raining. Also, the metro system is shut down today due to a strike. We slept until almost 11, then got up, got ready, and went to the grocery store to get some food. We are cooking most of our meals here in the apartment since we have a kitchen. It has stopped raining, but is still very cloudy. It is kind of a disappointing day, and not what we had planned for. We will probably just go walk around the part of Athens where we are staying for the rest of the afternoon. Hopefully the weather will be better in the upcoming days, although it was supposed to be nice today. It actually just started pouring rain again as I type this sentence, so disregard my sentence that said the rain had stopped, unfortunately.
MILK!!! They have real milk in Greece! The five of us went through a carton of milk in just a few hours, because we are all so excited to have real milk! I have never had a bowl of cereal taste so good! My favorite part of the day so far is probably having milk to drink. You have no idea how much I missed milk!
The language barrier is so hard here though because it is so different from English. You you can't even look at a word and know how to pronounce it, like you can in other languages. Less people speak English here than we thought would. Hopefully once the metro opens back up, it won't be too hard to get around Greece. I will keep everyone updated on our Greek adventures when I can. Our internet is horrible in the apartment and doesn't work most of the time.