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 […]

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 […]

First impressions of living in Crete

Finally, I can jot down some first impressions I have from living and working in Crete. I have been busy settling in and getting started with my new job. A month has already passed since I moved here and this has created a certain image of the local life. In general, I am very satisfied and completely in love with the island. Nevertheless, when you live in a foreign country there are always some things that are different and take some time to get used to. Sun and the surroundings I am most happy to be working and living in a country where the sun shines constantly. I can see the sea and the mountains from both, my office and from my house. It gives me such joy to be in an environment like this, especially when it is still snowing in my home country. If I please I can go for a swim in the sea every day. The city where I live, Rethymnon, is absolutely lovely. Particularly the old town. I love all the tiny streets and the atmosphere. And did I already mention the sea and the mountains? Ahh… Some days I am […]

Visiting Palm Beach Preveli

And here we go, new adventures! It has been less than a week and I am already in love with Crete. So much positive and the surroundings are awesome. I can see the beach from my house as well as a mountain with a snowy peak. Can it be more perfect? The first days I have spent getting settled in. This means getting papers fixed for my new job, meeting the crew, getting things for my new apartment and so on. We also started training for the job. Namely, I will be selling excursions for a travel agency. Once the job officially starts I will be quite busy and won’t have much time to discover the island.  Thus, when I found out that we have a day off from our training week, I impulsively decided to rent a car. I recently got my license, relearned how to drive a car in a month to complete my drivings license. I had not driven a car for five years. During the few months I spent back home, I had only had the chance to drive with my driving teacher or with my dad and his big jeep. So […]

The Sunshine Blogger Award

One day I opened my laptop and received a nice surprise. I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I feel humble and very thankful that somebody has noticed my blog and finds it inspiring. I was nominated by Travel Plans For Miss Fancypants. Thank you so much! Have a look at her super fun blog! What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is a nomination given to bloggers by bloggers. Members of the blogging community nominate others who they think are inspiring and bring the sunshine into the lives of their readers. Once nominated, you are all required to write a post where you: -Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog -Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you -Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer -Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog -List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post   The challenge   I was asked 9 questions by Miss Fancypants and here are my answers: 1. What songs/type of music do you listen to whilst traveling or that which inspires you to […]

Why I travel?

“I love to travel because it opens my eyes, gladdens my heart, sharpens my mind, tires my feet, lightens my wallet and brightens my life.” – Ramya Tirumalai Twenty-two countries and seventy-one cities and counting. I have lived five years in the Netherlands, more than five months in Bali, over three months in Romania, and two months at a time but four months in total in Italy. At the age of twenty-four, I am pretty proud of these numbers but I can’t stop here and gotta keep on going. My first trip independently was at the age of fourteen. It was a trip to an English language camp in England. A company called EF, Education First, was organizing it. There were other Estonians in the group too, but I still did not know anybody and it was a big challenge for me, a shy kid. It turned out to be one of the greatest experience at that time. I met so many international people, got to travel and see new places and had so much fun. A few years later I wanted to go again and went to Berlin. I was the only Estonian there and it was even […]