Wednesday: Visiting Drogarati Cave
Wednesday was a jam-packed day. It was pretty much the only day that went smoothly during the whole holiday. We visited the Drogarati Cave along with many many other tourists and it was really a sight to see. The line to the entrance of the cave was long, really long. It was fine standing outside in the cool midst air but as soon as you entered the excavated tunnel dug to the entrance, things got a bit claustrophobic. One thing that frightened me was the spiders crawling around the lights in the tunnel. They were bladdy scary and big too! The sooner we approached the entrance the more promising this experience came to be.
Although standing in the long line for a while, this experience was like no other. I think this cave was the most spectacular thing I have seen my life! It’s really amazing in the inside and it’s wonderful to see all the details of the rock formations and see how everything grew over millions of years and the water is unbelievably blue.
The tour was quite short. A group of people was all seated in a boat and your tour guide would paddle around and shout facts about the cave. He would be having a conversation and rowing us slowly forward into a darker spot of the cave and them suddenly shout out: “The Drogarati cave is over 150 million years old! The things hanging from the ceiling are called stalactites and they grow only 1 cm every 100 years…” and then back to the conversation. The rock faces and fixtures were lit with an illumines orange and blue lights; this gave the cave a different atmosphere completely. You could see clearly the details of the stalactites hanging from the ceiling and you could look clearly into the water and see all the rocks at the bottom as if they were gems waiting to be fished out.
As our boat was rowed back to the entrance of the cave we got to see our last glimpse of the whole cave in full sight. I’ve never seen something this amazing thus far.
As we got off the boat I managed to get a panorama photo of the whole cave from the entrance; although not one of my best photos, you can see what the cave looks like in full view. After that, we had to trek back up all the way to the top where still many tourists were standing in line waiting for their turn to check out the amazing cave!
We decided to explore Sami a bit longer with our bikes. Cycling around Sami was not the most exciting thing to do. We saw a lot of small farmy plots with no vegetation was growing and maybe one or two goats clinging their bells and going about their business. After about 15 minutes of cycling, being all hot and bothered we decided to sit down to get some drinks and some food. The default beer for us was a national Greek larger called Alfa Hellenic Beer, which tasted pretty good and is what we got pretty often back at the camp. This time instead we tried a local beer that was only brewed on the island called Kalonian Beer. It tasted like Heineken. We played a few rounds of a favorite pass time card game, Shithead, and then left back on the bus back to Argostoli.
Here are a few a photos I took while we had a break at the shore side:
After cycling back to camp along the lagoon walkway/bicycle-way cousin Sav noticed that we could go out on a cruise boat for the day at a not-so-bad price. It looked like a good deal, 45 € per person for a full day on a boat with nice activities. Two activities to mention were snorkeling and another is a champagne bottle finding; where the captain would throw a campaign bottle into the water and your group would have to go look for it. Sounds like fun hey? The cruise offered vegetarian options too (probably like a little salad or something) which I was happy with. We all got really excited about it and we booked it in high anticipation. Ahh, tomorrow is going to be sick! I was about to mention to my cousins that we should reenact The Lonely Island’s I’m On A Boat, but I kept it to myself. We got home a bit later and had supper at the restaurant, again and went to sleep really excited for tomorrow.