Here I am. Fairly tanned, sore everywhere, happy as a pig at a slaughterhouse – err well maybe not that, but where ever a pig is at the happiest.
Last night I came back from ten days in sunny Greece. The eight of them spend on Milos at Rod and Petrinella’s. There were ten of us, my parents, my sister and her boyfriend, my uncle and aunt, their three children and my self.
The week was filled with water fun, smiles, good times all around. We had bough a six day package but I was fortunate enough to have soft-soaped Rod so that I got eight days in the kayak. I was really amazed how well the whole thing worked for all of us in the family. My sister is more of the hotel-laying-at-the-beach-doing-nothing whereas I, as you might know, is more into exercising-getting-hurt-bleeding-and-being-wasted sort of holiday. But with the skills of Rod and his assistant guide, Julian we all got our hands full and had a great time.
All days basically follow the same programme. Breakfast from nine till ten at Petrinella’s café downstairs from where we sleep. During this, it is decided which trip to take during the day, considered the weather, fitness of the team and so forth. Departure at ten, arrival at the starting beach at ten-thirty usually, loading the kayaks, people, gear etc. into the water and off you go. The first paddle is for around forty-five minutes, after which a smaller break is taken on a nice beach. Rod usually serves a small snack, and there is usually good swimming or snorkelling. After the brake, the next paddle lasts for around an hour and a half before we stop for lunch. As always, the paddle itself is filled with awesome landscapes, visits to caves, good fun waves or a look at the huge “please-go-away” Vodaphone ferry. The lunch break is for around two hours with freshly homemade sandwiches, excellent snorkelling, swimming, relaxing on the beach or just to go explore the surrounding areas. When staying for more than just a couple of days, some of us actually almost managed to learn how to roll. After the lovely lunch break we head home with a tail wind, so that everybody is back home at the café around six or seven o’clock, exhausted but with a nice feel after a good days work.
We go out to dine every night. The prices are quite fair, 10 people having starters and mains, wine, fuzzy drinks, and coffee at the end for around 120-150 euros in total. The cooking is quite good, and as Milos is not (yet anyway) a main tourist island, and the majority of the tourists are Greek, and the fact that you live in a small village up in the mountains away from everything enables you to experience a more true Greek culture. Hardly anyone can speak English, but all menus are in English as well so no worries.
I was truly impressed with how well Rod and his guide levels it out so that everybody has fun, even 12-15 your old kids. I can only recommend you considering a holiday here or a similar place, if you like the outdoors, but also enjoy sandy beaches, good food and so forth.
If you’re interested in trying out this amazing family holiday concept, which is wicked good fun if you’re young and single as well, have a look at Rod’s website www.seakayakgreece.com or throw me an email and I’ll get you in touch with the man halfway down under.