Saturday afternoon, the 36 day of our adventure, we took a ferry boat from Bodrum, in Turkey, to Kos, in Greece, and a night ferry to Athens. After 10 hours on the Mediterranean Sea, we arrived in Piraeus (the most important port in Greece, close to Athens) at 6:30 am. We were supposed to meet Emanuel, uncle of our friend Sarah, at 10:00 am so, we decided to kill some time visiting the Olympic Center, where the Olympic Games were hosted in 2004.
At 10:00 am, we met Emanuel and he took us to his apartment. He forgot the key at his parents house, in Marathon, and jumped the window from his neighbor apartment to find another key inside. For the first time in five weeks, we didn’t need to look for hotels, we would have an apartment just for us. We went out to visit the old city and the Acropolis, and we went back to Marathon, on the east coast, 40 km from Athens.
It was so hot, almost 40 degrees Celsius, that we decided to end our visit to Athens around 3:30 pm and take a bus to Marathon to join Emanuel and his girlfriend Poli at the Beach. It was the best decision we made in the whole trip. We had such a wonderful time there, swimming and drinking beer. We even found out Poli worked for the organization of the 2004 Olympic Games and took part at the torch relay for the Opening Ceremony. She even the original torch that she ran with, at home.
After dinner on the beach, we went to visit Emanuel’s parents. Euthymia and Nikos received us with some fruit plates from their own garden. He’s 91 years old and she’s 86, and they’ve been living on the beach for twenty years now. Late at night, we went back to Athens by car with Emanuel, tired but happy.