The next morning, we woke up for the excursion to Hydra. Everyone in our group had signed up to go, so it was going to be a fun morning. There were a couple people from the second group, some of which were really nice, but they mostly kept to themselves.
When we got to Hydra, Courtney led the way to cliff jumping since she had been there before. There was a bit of hesitation from everyone, but I figured I needed to just jump in and do it. Totally worth it. The water was so clear that you could see the rocks at the bottom, but it was really really deep.
After a jumping a couple times, a few of us decided to go for a donkey ride before we had to meet for lunch. The donkeys took us down some alleyways and through part of town. Meredith and Meredith R’s donkeys pooped as we walked, and poor Meredith had to spend half the tour next to a bag of poop. As cool as it was, it was definitely not the most comfortable to ride a donkey.
After our donkey ride, we did a little hunting for some baklavas. Ever since we got to Greece, I had been looking for it, but was unsuccessful. We found a little bakery down an alleyway and it was the jackpot. The baklava was literally saturated and so delicious. It was so good that when we ran into part of the group later, we told them where it was and decided to go back and get more. Delicious.
We met the entire group for lunch at an outdoor restaurant where we had another Greek salad (I’m addicted), the best tzatziki sauce and pitas, chicken and French rice. We also had dessert which was kind of like cake, but had the texture of caviar and tasted like cinnamon. It was alright.
From lunch, we headed back to the boat. Unfortunately after waiting for an hour, our tour guide realized we had definitely miss the 1pm boat and would have to wait for the next boat at 7pm aka we would have to spend the rest of the day on the island. Most of us were pretty ok with it and spent the afternoon jumping off more cliffs, swimming in the sea and laying out. Not to shabby.
By the time 7pm came around, we were pretty tired and ready to get back to the hotel. Unfortunately the boat, named the Flying Cat 6, was late and we didn’t get back to Poros until almost 9. The third AESU group from Texas A&M and NC State had arrived that day and was eating dinner. We had some lasagna-like stuff and then got ready for the toga party the hotel had organized.
Based on the night before, our group really just wanted to hang out with ourselves so we picked an area of the pool and mostly stayed to ourselves. It was a really fun night and, thanks to Jess, some of us got pushed into the pool in our togas. Luckily we had our swimsuits on underneath. Katie and I also ran into the ocean with Doug (one of the nice people from the second group) before we headed to bed. Ah, I love Poros.