flight from Dusseldorf was relatively short and efficient; Berlin Air a model
of German organization was fantastic. Airlines in the US could certainly learn
a thing or two from the professionalism, comfort and efficiency of their German
counterpart. We arrived right on time on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu
and within minutes had gotten our luggage found a taxi and were on the short
trip downtown to the wonderful Cavalieri Hotel.
Lee & Michael
had basically one night to stay and explore Corfu city and after quick showers
we headed out on to the narrow streets that were crowded with people shopping
in the many stores, enjoying the small cafes, bars and restaurants that populate
the beautiful Oceanside locale.
is the second largest of the Greek Ionian islands and has a rich history and
features two significant mountain ranges along its forty mile length. Corfu
city is where the airport and ferry terminal are both located and features a labyrinth
of narrow cobblestone streets lined with restaurants, bistros, bars and
shopping. It is fantastic and while we were able to explore a little, I hope to
spend a little more time when I pass back through on my way back home.
is incredible and beautiful, we basically had the single night to explore and
enjoy and Saturday night turned out to be pretty fun, especially since Greece
was playing Russia in the Euro ’12 soccer tournament and the crowds were
packing every café and restaurant to watch the game.
mood turned celebratory when Greece won and fans took to the streets for a
raucous celebration, which was really cool to experience. Lee & I had a
great Greek meal at a waterfront restaurant then had some drinks in a local pub
before wondering through the celebrating crowd back to our hotel. They really
take the soccer seriously and the entire place basically turned in to a huge
street party. It was a tremendous travel experience and an auspicious start to
were up early the next morning and on our way to the ferry terminal to catch
the short ferry ride from Corfu to Saranda, Albania. We met the first of the
other students and instructors waiting to board the ferry. They easily stood
out by their massive piles of scuba gear and we were able to hang out and talk
with them during the ferry ride over. When we arrived, we were greeted by our
friends Derek, Howard, Kela and Dola as well as Dola’s mother and were soon off
to the hotel to begin the next phase of our adventure.