Today has been a kind of morse code of small disappointments and larger joys. We left at 6:30 to head to Mykonos by ferry. This ferry was HUGE compared to the one we took yesterday. It was like a small cruise ship. We were cattle moved onto the ship, and had to try to navigate to find our seats. They were called “air seats,” and looked much like the seats on an airplane. We had something like exit row seats, which was great. The only block to the leg room when we set down was a stack of chairs. But that slowly changed as people unstacked the chairs and started sitting facing us, around us… It was wall-to-wall people, and the noise was unbelievable. My desire to sleep looked like it was going to go by the wayside… After an hour and an exploding Coke nearby, I was about ready to lose my mind. They came over the loudspeaker and said that there were upgrades available to business class or cabins. Tim saw my nerves teetering, so he went to check. A few minutes later, he was back and we were headed to a cabin for a minimal upgrade fee… and it was totally worth it. We were able to lay down, and two of our five hours on the way to Mykonos were spent in blissful sleep. Tim reminded me often what a hero he was. 🙂
Once we arrived in Mykonos refreshed and ready, we checked into our hotel to discover that the sea view we thought we were getting is actually the view of a solid wall of stone. Disappointment and frustration with the travel agency who caused this mistake was the next morse code blip.
We decided to shake it by heading to Mykonos town, and I drowned my “sorrows” in gelato, and Tim had the best margarita of his life (though he asked that I specify that Sandra and Aaron both make margaritas that are a close second). The margarita tasted like it had a bit of gelato in it… I even drank some, that’s how good it was!
We wandered the narrow corridors of town for hours before heading back to change for dinner. We ate a nice dinner right on the harbor in Mykonos, walked around a bit more, and then went back for more delicious margaritas… though we decided the margarita earlier was better.
We found out that the beaches on the island are too far for us to walk, so we are going to rent a car tomorrow to get some more beach time in.
After some frustration and disappointment today, I was still trying to rally myself when I saw a message on a t-shirt that I needed to hear: “Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination.” We’re amazingly blessed to be here, with or without a sea view!