Thursday, April 28, 2011

Well settled into Greek Island Life.

For the last two weeks Jo & I have passed the time here in Kalymnos by climbing the beautifully featured seaside limestone cliffs, swimming in the Aegean Sea, getting around the island via scooter & dining on rich Greek Taverna fare. A fair amount of Mythos has been consumed too.

Sweedish climber 40m above the ruins of a 4th centruy BC castle.

Small outpost near the village of Argintoa who's main business appears to be selling Thyme Honey.

We've met cool folks from all over the world, just a few of whom speak English as their first language. This spot is mega popular with the Euro's, as it's just a quick flight from most of the continent to Greece.

The beautiful seaside cliffs of Kalymnos.

Both Jo and I have been climbing well, I've been consistantly onsighting 6b or so, and I've made it up a few 6c's, but no redpoints at that grade, yet.... Jo has been onsighting 6a, and getting up the occasional 6b on lead. It's been of fun swapping leads, beta & belays!

Jo & her bruised/battered knees. Turns out Kalymnos features many full contact belays...

Fellow Albertan Eric styling out a 7a.

We've got a little more than a week left of this trip. Our goals include a 11 pitch sport climb on the South face of Telendos Island, as well as visiting some the more remote sectors (crags) of the island. There's still plenty of rest day fodder as well including 5th century castles, churches, etc. Should be a great week!

Another beautiful sunset over the Aegean Sea & the island of Telendos as viwed from our studio balcony.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Woah, Greece.

I'm in an internet cafe surrounded by chain smoking teenagers who are screaming and playing some type of crazy role playing game, so this is going to be quick. For better or worse, there isn't much in the way of internet access here....

City of Athens & The Acropolys @ sunset.

It's been an adventure since we first touched down in the airport. This kind of holiday is far from "packaged" so, just figuring out which train to get on to get downtown is a process. We figured it out, and got ourselves situated in our hotel around 9:00 pm Athens time after 30 hours or so on the go. We were beat, but managed to make it out for a great dinner that evening.

Approaching the Pantheon.

The Acropolyis as viewed from our hotel room balcony.

The next day was full of exploring, visiting the new & wondeful Acropolis museum & more amazing meals. Athens is a vibrant city full of energetic people! As an "Merican, I spent a lot of time studying Greek History/Culture in school, so it was so cool to finally see & experience places like the Pantheon. We're well settled down in Kalymnos now, and there are so many stories & experiences that I'd like to share, but, the infrastructure just won't allow for it.... Caio for now-