Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My Big Fat Greek Adventure Part 1


Mycenae, Greece
Originally uploaded by slamducky.
Crooning on my STEREO: Angel de La Noche by DAVID BISBAL

For those who wondered if I've been mauled by lions last week, I was actually dwelling in (what was once) the cradle of civilisation- GREECE.

I was based in Athens and travelled out to the usual areas of Delphi, Mycenae and northern Peloponese. (Bet my spelling is wrong) Stayed with a bunch of rock stars in a 4-star hotel located in a red light district area of Athens.

For the past 6 days I was climbing hills, trotting on ruins and hallucinating over what the Greek Gods ACTUALLY looked like. I came to a conclusion that POSEIDON was a merman and APOLLO was gay. (I will write a separate post on this.)

In comparison to the summer-less British weather, Greece was a barbeque pit. I acquired a hideous tan and my nose was burnt.

Flew on the Hungarian Airlines- MALEV- and had to transit for two hours in Budapest that is arguably the MOST BORING airport in Europe. Shops were scant, food was scarce and people were... scary. My advice? Avoid this godforsaken place if you can.

Despite the MALEV'S reasonable airfares, I must warn you that the flights' LANDINGS are no better than a crash landing practice. I had to sit through FOUR of those turbulent landings... three of which I was close to GAGGING OUT MY DIGESTIVES.

As you can sense I am pretty exhausted.

Nevertheless it was an excellent trip because I've learnt some important things:

1) It is VERY possible to fall in love with a stone sculpture
2) You can pass off as a Greek by putting a pair of shades on.
3) Never wear flip flops when climbing up to the Parthenon.
4) It is sexy to be hairy.
5) Heavy Metal still dominates certain parts of the world.
6) British Immigration Officers are bastards.

And other miscellaneous stuff which I will blog about later. I am still jetlagged and knackered.

Off to bed now but who would have guessed that I saw GAEL GARCIA BERNAL in flesh and blood barely three hours ago.......

19 comments:

Kunstemæcker said...

How can you be jetlagged from a flight to Greece it only takes 3-4 hours?

Anyway, glad to have you back!

Yng Lyn said...

hahah its the time difference of two hours! messes up my meal times........
thanks! :D

Caracola said...

Hola Lyn! thanks for linking...i did it 2! Greece is a nice place, is like being in the machine time again! amazing how they can still conserve the Partenon...i suffered hell to climbed it!! but it was wortht it...have u visited any island?
Btw: do u like David Bisbal? jajajjajaaa! that is really curious!
Take ur good rest and post more pics! ;-P jejejeje!
Un beso!

Yng Lyn said...

hola caracola!!! yeahhh climbing up the Parthenon was sooooo tiring!! I was tripping on rocks and stones but I was wearing a good pair of shoes so that saved my poor feet :D
I haven't gone out to the islands yet, but I'd love to go to Crete :)
yeahhhh me gusta David Bisbal!!!!! Do you like him too? I loveee his Buleria album! hahah!
thankss caracola! beso!!

Caracola said...

Well Lyn....i think i got a bit tired from Bisbal but just because in Spain it sounds everywhere 24 hours non-stop all year! ....but i think he has such a voice and i like the energy he has and the way he moves! ;-P
Actually: do u know Spanish? sorry i am a bit confused....u don't leave in Spain, dun u?? so ur profile says Spain, that's why i am asking.... *scratching my head*
Hugge hug!
P.s: Crete must be nice, never been there. The amazing thing about Greece is that it has more than 60 mini little islands, now u're probably scratching ur head but it is true! not a lot of people knows that,i woudn't even know it but my aunt lives there that's how i know! jejejejeje!

Yng Lyn said...

hola caracola (colacola- i like the name you use on your blog address, its very creative! :D)
I am not actually from España, pero yo vivo en Londres! But I've visited madrid, barcelona and tenerife before... and I love the country! Esta una pais bonita! As you can see my spanish is rather poor but I am still learning :) You live in Andalusia, right?
Yeah I heard that David Bisbal is very big in Spain (he came from operacion triumfo, did he? ) so you must have heard him on the radio everyday! He's also very big in Latin America and I love his album:Oy El boom boom boom de mi corazonnnnnnn!!
Wow your aunt lives in the Greek Islands, thats so cool! 60 is a lot of islands,,, I should buy an Island for myself.. hahah! huggs!

Anonymous said...

There's a new friendship in the making here. How sweet!

Kunstemæcker said...

Woops, that was me

saRah said...

hallo! damn, you're one lucky thing;)

cheers~
sarah
http://www.tabulas.com/~shireen

Caracola said...

Hola Lyn! waw u really impressed me, u have more info about David Bisbal then me! LoL ! u're rite, he comes from the first operación triunfo and he is from Andalucia
(Almería). He is the only one has gone soooo big and international, so i should feel proud! i actually saw him in the hotel i used to work before,he came for a coupple of days to relax! that was 2 years ago! too bad i didn't know u by then, but i promise if i see him again, will ask him something fer u! ;-) XXX!

Caracola said...

by the way: thanks for saying u like my nick name, truth is i wanted caracola but was taken, so i put "cola" again and damn! it was taken as well!! so that's how i ended with the colacola part! jejejeje! ;-P i am a caracola filled with cocacola! pppffff! ;-P

Yng Lyn said...

caracola: ah hah! Almeria! thats close to Malaga right? (where you live?)
thanks dear! does Bisbal look good in real life? I've always been fascinated by his curls... i wonder if he perms his hair everyday!!!! I like the other operacion triunfo contestants as well, David Bustamante and Alex Ubago!! I've got their albums..its a pity they dont tour the UK :(
by the way, caracolacolacola is such a cool name!! its very memorable :) hugs!

Caracola said...

Hey Señorita Lyn! u rock lah! jajaja! yes dear, Almeria is about 2 and half hours from Málaga, how did u knew? ;-P
About Bisbal, i just can tell you he was a bit "tired", i guess was coz he came just after touring Latin America 4 the first time, but he looks just like a normal guy....and....his curly hair is not perm! he actually has this hair! amazing but true! jejeje!
Where did u found those albums u have ,in the UK? or maybe u bought them in Spain? Álex Ubago writes such a nice songs , and he had a really hard time because at the time he showed off, it was the operación triunfo boom (he was not a contestant of operación triunfo) so that means he was even "more" lucky coz he did not have the same support in his career than the people of operación....by the way: do u know Alejandro Sanz?
ANd u're welcome to come to Spain and see them here on stage lah! much funnier! *muacks* good nite!

Yng Lyn said...

hola Caracola!! yeah (lah) :) I can imagine Bisbal to be all lethargic after his tour.. he's such a big star! I like Alex Ubago's voice, he's a very simple vocalist... I love the song Aunque Te No Pueda Ver and I bought his album while I was in spain last year! I got my Bustamante album in Madrid and the Bisbal's Buleria album from London :) Oh and I am such a big fan of La Oreja de Van Gogh too! you like them?
Yep, I've heard of Alejandro Sanz, hes kinda cute! ;) He's really good with the guitar apparently :)
I'm actually taking a language course in Malaga in either sept/oct... hope to catch them in concert and to say hello to you too! :D hugs!

Caracola said...

Did i read rite? u will come to Málaga?? uh? yes yes!! how cool!! no doubt will meet fer sure!! and i will show u another cool singers from here too! not so massive as "la oreja" or "Bisbal" but so good! ;-)
I will look if they gonna be around in Málaga for those dates....maybe u're lucky! i must say that u have really nice pics on u'r blog! pweety girl u are!!
;-) Kiss siao! jejejee...

Yng Lyn said...

hola Caracolacolacola! que dulce! thanks so much for your warm welcome!! yeah I am planning to go Malaga, Nerja and Sevilla during mid september or around then.. I'd love to meet you, la!! I will be staying in this area called Cerrado Del Calderon. :) do you live near there? I'd love to explore Spanish culture as much as possible since I am writing my thesis on it anyway :) Looking forward to see you!! :) Your photos are nice too!! muy bonita!
hugs!!!

Caracola said...

Mi señorita, do u hav email? i want to send u....if u go to my page u'll find mine ;-)
huggies!

Yng Lyn said...

caracolacolacolaaaaaaa.,,,,haha! my e-mail is slamducky_viva@yahoo.com
I will steal yours from your website! :D You have msn too?
hugs!!

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