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Monastery of Agia Triada.
Monastery of Agia Triada.

By the time I arrived to Chania it had stopped raining but the clouds were still there and it was looking very dark. I sent a text message to Vasoula and set a date to meet later. As I went to the centre to find a public phone to make some calls to Finland it started to rain again. Now it was pouring rain but didnt last long. After I made my calls, I got to follow a wedding crowd at the main church of Chania. I met Vasoula back at my hotel and spent one final evening with my friend and her boyfriend Pedros. It was my name day and Vasoula took me out to celebrate. First we visited her friends Aria and Manos for dinner and then all 5 of us went to a bar in Kounkapi harbour area. It was still obvious that it would start to rain any minute so we took seats under a big umbrella. While having drinks the lightning and thunder started. I have never seen so much lightning in my life and it was fantastic to look at against the black sea and sky. It was just awesome! As soon as I got back to my hotel to sleep, it started the heavy rain and it was way too difficult to sleep with all that thundering and banging rain. I stayed up listening before finally falling asleep, I don't know how late or early.

 

Chania Main Church.
Chania Main Church.

 

 

 

I awoke early in the morning and after a shower I packed my bags and set off again. There was very little to show that it had rained so hard during the night. The streets were dry and there were just little ponds here and there. Even though it was so early, I found a taxi easily near my hotel and the driver agreed to take me to the airport. This time the ride was only 10 euros. I guess I had learned to negotiate about the prices during my long stay. At the airport I had some breakfast while waiting for my check in to start at 9 am. I didnt have any accommodation waiting in Athens and I was a bit troubled in case I should have made a reservation. So I went to make a few phone calls to hotels from my guidebook. I made a preliminary booking at hotel Dioskouros for a single room for 60 euros. Expensive, yes, but I had no idea of room rates in a metropolis like Athens and I gathered it was an okay price. I felt relieved now that I had a place to go in Athens. After a long wait I finally boarded the plane and started my trip to Athens.