Corfu [Day Seven]

Final day in Corfu.
I’m feeling drained and eager to see my family again; the sun definitely takes it out of you.

Breakfast at a taverna in Pelekas, served with a very good cappuccino. This was followed by browsing the touristy shops. Bought my Mum a lovely handmade necklace.

Back for two more (each) pork gyros today, they’re not bad for only €2.80 a pop!

Spent some time wandering around the small back-streets of Pelekas in the blistering mid-day sun; a lady waters her plants and mops in sync.

I think I’m going to read for a bit as I feel like being particularly lazy this afternoon†.

Played a few card games and finished packing, which was a bit of a tight squeeze into our 20kg hold luggage – the old, analog scales say that it weighs only 16kg, but I’m a little sceptical.

The pork we had planned to eat for tea had gone bad, as did the chicken a few days prior – not hugely impressed. Salami, cheese and red onion toasties instead, with very miniature chips which we deep fried in the remaining olive oil – very nice.

Took a short walk to the crossroads (just down from the apartment) to find the woman selling oranges, unfortunately she was not there tonight‡.

My girlfriend found out about my blog tonight. I think she likes it, and is inspired to create her own!

Some card games to follow this evening, and then an early night.

† I was actually too lazy to even read.
‡ We had planned to make orange juice to drink tomorrow morning, the morning we leave.

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Corfu [Day Six]

No alarm this morning. Woke naturally at 0940 ish.
Reading some more of Do No Harm†, I was intrigued by some of the ethical and moral decisions medical doctors have to make. The book seems to be ever more increasing my desire to study postgraduate medicine after my paramedics’ degree – surgery or general medicine are the specialities I feel like I would like to pursue at current.

I am sat on the balcony, overlooking a ebbing greenery that is, however, unfortunately almost entirely obscured by the fruitful orange and kumquat trees that are in abundance out here in Corfu. Today is more cloudy than the other days have been, but this is nice, as it gives intermittent breaks to the intense sun.

18:29:59
The days coming to an end, as darkness sets in slightly earlier than in the UK. The past few evenings have been cool, a welcomed change.

Spent today at the apartment, packing and tidying, finishing the last of the food bought throughout the week and enjoying the local vicinity.

An evening walk took us to Pelekas once again, we had pork gyros (pronounced jgyros – I didn’t know) and a Mythos beer to share. I bought a leather wallet and an alligator skin key-holster‡.

I write the last of this in the 30 minutes me and my girlfriend set aside for some ‘alone time’.

 

† If you have an interest in healthcare, this book is really very eye-opening, and I would definitely recommend a read (it was actually suggested on the reading list for the ‘Professional Judgement’ module of my paramedic degree).
‡ I have a bit of a leather obsession. I do disagree with killing animals for their hide, but what’s done is done. I look after my leather belongings well and with great care; this justifies it, for me, at least.

Corfu [Day Five]

Disturbed at 0600 by alarm, only to go back to sleep for an hour and wake again at 0700 (we did intend to get up early; but, you know…).

Final day with the car, so had to make the most of it. Spent the early hours of the morning walking along one of Pelekas’ beaches and taking some obligatory photos. Drove home to have two egg and cheese toasties for breakfast – actually quite nice – and pack for the day in town.

Visited Corfu town again today, to look around the market and return the car. It turns out that pestering and giving away free samples really does help when selling your products†. I bought some amazing, hand pressed, olive oil and some honey too.

Lunch at ‘The Big Apple’, a sort of Greek fast-food restaurant – they call themselves a grill house. The food was actually very good, including the price; two chicken Souvlaki’s, a mango iced tea and a bowl of fries for just €8.40.

Acquired some ‘sliders’ for €3 (even though they were price marked €5) from the China export shop‡. Drove home again to empty the car and leave all the heavy stuff there. Left again to return the car and head to the beach.

Returning the car was far less stressful than I had imagined. I thought they would come up with some crazy excuse that I had damaged it and charge me €1000.00. In reality, I handed over the keys, the woman checked the odometer and returned inside, looked at me as if I had two heads and then said: “that’s it, thanks”.

Phew.

Went in the extremely salty sea once more, bathed in the sun and got the bus home (not too bad of an experience).

Cheese and tomato toasties for dinner.

An early night and lie in is due.

 

† Don’t be a twat, though.
‡ I can’t slate, as I’m actually really happy with them.

Corfu [Day Three]

Woke to the alarm at 0830 but slept in ’til 1000 – why not? Eggs and toast for breakfast again, a good way to start the day, in my opinion.

Made way to one of the beaches in Pelekas. Spent a few hours here, in and out of the sea to cool down as appropriate; the temperature must be ~35˚C today. Two stray dogs lounge around in the shade, their shaggy coats must be torturous.

Driving on the right is becoming more familiar, the issue is that there are no road markings; there are also little road signs to show right of way etc.

Retired to the apartment around 1400 to cool off, have lunch and chill out for a few hours. The tan is developing nicely, however, I have been bitten all over (this prompted a slight scare and subsequent Google search “is there malaria in Corfu”.

Approx. 1800, left for the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, a 25 minute, indeed very beautiful drive. Four euro for churro-esk fried batter balls with runny Nutella – amazing! The monastery was stunning and still operational, I believe.

Home by 2145. Card games, a tea and bed to follow.

 

Corfu [Day Two]

Today I woke up at 0830, had eggs on toast and half a chocolate croissant for breakfast and took to the road.

We walked to the bus stop (approx. 5 minutes from here) and waited for over half an hour; no buses. Eventually, we got fed up and hitched a lift with a local to the airport where we tried and failed to hire a car (I’m 21, and their insurances only cover >23).

We asked a local coach driver where we could hire a quad bike, he told us the port. We asked for directions and set off. He then picked us up 5 minutes later, as he was actually driving there and had forgotten at the time that we asked. We tried and failed again to hire a car – I’m quite tenacious. Finally, just as we were about to give up, a kind lady hired us a car for €140 for four days, with €1000 excess if it’s damaged.

Driving on the wrong side of the car, on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong direction was a daunting experience and I got quite stressed as I had no idea where I was going. I also don’t like the fact that petrol is pumped for you – I like to do things my self.

Tonight’s plans are to visit local beaches near Pelekas and watch the sunset.

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