Swimming with turtles in Akumal

I saw my first turtle in the wild ever here in Playa del Carmen when my base leader sent me snorkeling during work. Not a bad job, eh? I was so amazed by what you can see nearby from the shore. Bali and Egypt gave me some colorful snorkeling experiences but that can never beat a cute turtle. I just looooove turtles! One day I decided to visit Akumal, which is famous for its turtles chilling there. We initially wanted to go to the Yal-Ku lagoon near Akumal and then go to the turtle beach to meet with the cuties. There was a slight failure in the planning since the plan to visit Akumal was rather impulsive in the first place. We did not know that you can access Yal-Ku only by walking there from Akumal. The bus did not stop at the lagoon and there is no entrance from the highway. Plus to enter the lagoon it will cost you like 30 dollars. So never mind let’s just stick with Akumal beach. Walking down to the beach, we met a bunch of sellers trying to sell us tours to see the turtles or lifejackets and […]

Cenote Azul

Two months have passed by since I moved to Mexico and this, drumroll please, will be my first Mexico post. Better late than never, right? Never have I ever been to a cenote nor did I have a lot of imagination of how it looks like. So on my second day off here, I decided to visit one. On my first day off, I just wanted to lay on the beach to become more Mexican. Now it was time to discover something new. Cenotes are basically underground sinkholes and were the only source of water in the jungle for the Mayans. Some of the cenotes are really near to Playa del Carmen where I live. About 15 minutes with a public bus. There are a bunch of them just next to each other and I randomly picked one out to visit. Cenote Azul was the lucky chosen one. The public buses, or better called public vans aka the collectivos, do not have fixed times. You just go and wait for one to pick you up. If you are early, you need to wait till it fills up. Luckily mine was already full and my trip […]

Crete after 6 months

My Crete experience finished a while ago… I am clearly behind schedule on blogging. Anyway, I decided to share a little summary of my summer in Crete. The good, the bad and other funky stuff. I worked every freaking single day Challenge accepted and challenge completed. But never, ever again. Never! To work every single day is just crazy. I don’t know how come I did not lose my mind. Maybe I did but I just think I’m normal. Actually, it is very usual in Greece to work every day. If you are planning to come and work in Crete you can expect that. Some companies, of course, allow the workers to have a day off per week or some companies make it once a month. It’s all because during the winter tourists are gone and so is the work.  So you put all your energy in half a year. Big international companies, like TUI for instance, definitely will give you a day off but if you find something local you might not get that. When you feel like you know every single person Crete is a big island in Greece but in the end, […]

Matala – the hippie beach

Matala is the hippie beach of Crete, where hippies used to ( and some still do ) live in caves. Now you can visit those caves and see for yourself how a hipster life looks like. There are some hippie festivals during the summer and otherwise, it has a nice, chill atmosphere. I don’t even know why, but Matala was immediately on my wish list when I came to Crete. Not even some crystal clear waters or pink sand attracted me so much. Maybe I am a hippie at heart. When I finished working in Crete I had some days off for discovering and of course, I took my course towards Matala. It is quite a long drive from Rethymnon. About a two hour drive. The road there is not so bad because compared to many other roads in Crete this one is an asphalt road all the way there and rather wide. Only, the ride is much longer than I am used to and you know, in Crete one can’t escape hills and curves. I really like driving, except at times when the road gets so crazy that it slightly freaks me out.  One of […]

“Secret” beach – Seitan Limania

My boss likes to be spontaneous and call me in the evening saying: “Hi! Tomorrow you will have a day off”.  Alrighty, gotta make spontaneous plans myself to have some fun. So I decided to rent a car to go to a secret beach. I can tell you all about it but you got to keep it as a secret!  Sadly, it’s not really a secret beach anymore and has been on the World Wide Web for a while and plenty of tourists go there. It’s a tiny beach called Seitan Limania nearby the former capital of Crete, Chania. The drive to my destination seemed alright, except the last curvy part. With little driving experience, I had to think ahead if I could manage the road. What the heck, I’ll worry about it when I get there and hopefully won’t die. Since my plans were last minute too, this beach was not too far away and I could still get there before dark. I was obviously the slow jerk on the road but dutifully made room for everyone to pass me. I was actually following the speed limits and often even exceeded the limits ( oops!) […]

Kournas Lake and Georgioupolis

What to do when you have half a day to spend and you live in Rethymno? Option one: You visit Georgioupoli, a little village with a nice beach, a church in the middle of the sea, and a beautiful view of the white mountains. Option two: You visit Kournas lake, a beautiful nature getaway surrounding you with mountains, lake with cute little turtles and nice taverns to eat with a remarkable view. I choose… both of them! Georgioupolis It’s about a twenty-minute drive to Georgioupolis from Rethymno with a car and maybe thirty minutes with the public bus. The public bus was more fun while a lady starts yelling out all the bus stops: “KAVROOOS anybody going to KAVROOOOSSSS!?!?” and next stop: “GEORGIOUPOLIIIIIIIS, GERGIOUUUUUPOLIIIIII !!!! “ At least you won’t miss your stop and will not accidentally fall asleep. The bus stop is just outside of the village, but the village is pretty small. I think it takes 15 minutes to walk from one end to another. At least seemed like it. I walked a little through the streets and then ended up at the beach and decided to visit the church first. You have […]

Samaria Gorge

Samaria gorge was initially not on my bucket list when I came to Crete since I don’t have the best shoes and it is one of the longest gorges in Europe, a 16 km hike. I have never walked this much in my life. Thus, I was not sure if I will be up for it. Yet all kinds of people make it, meaning also not very active or sporty. So when I got the chance to join our company’s guided tour I just took it. Woke up 5 AM. Oooh how early it was and still dark. And off I went to catch the bus at 6.15 AM. I had not done a guided tour for a long while. Last time I did, I was the guide. It was nice to listen to some info about the gorge and some useful tips too. Apparently, this 16 km hike equals to 32 km walk on a fine asphalt. The bus drive to Samaria was amazing. The sunrise between the mountains was absolutely wonderful and made me immediately forget about the lack of sleep. First, we arrived at a small plateau Omalos to have breakfast and […]

Mili Gorge

There are quite a number of gorges in Crete. The most famous and longest one is Samaria, which is 18 km long and rather challenging. I guess I need to gather myself a little before I will conquer that one. When I found out that I have one more day off before starting working I decided to walk the humble 4 km long Mili Gorge. A good choice for beginners, I guess. I know this post comes rather late. I mean, I started working here already months ago and am only now writing about this gorge trip. Better late than never, right? Anyway, I decided to bike there and back, which gave me some extra exercise. The way there went basically only uphill and after awhile it became so steep that I was not able to bike anymore. Plus it was like a sauna outside so I just continued crawling up with my bike by my side. To cool off a little, I managed to get my feet completely wet on my way there. I stumbled upon a big puddle. The whole road was covered by it and I would have had to go all […]

Traveling as a tour guide- Gramvoussa & Balos.

One day I was offered a chance to try out tour guiding. I was pondering about the idea because it scared the crap out of me but when I listed down all the pros and cons, I realized that I have nothing to lose if I try and it will not turn out to be such a good experience. So I said yes to the offer and then freaked out a little that what the hell did I just decide to do?!? I had one day to prepare my material. One-day preparation during my normal job, because there is no one to replace me so that I could take time off to study. Basically I had a few hours in total to prepare and to do it not just in English but also in German. I feel very comfortable in English, but German was a challenge. I speak German pretty well, but my German level is not as nearly as good as my English. So during these few hours I gave myself also some extra German lessons. And some French, because some days prior to the excursion, I booked some French people on this trip […]