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    Patience is a virtue

    by  • 16 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    This is not working the way I expected it. Or at least, not at the spead I expected it. I’ll have to ask all of you to be a little bit patient until I have finished fighting my battles with local bureaucracy. I still have to rely on slow internet cafes to update my...

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    Meeting old friends

    by  • 10 January, 2003 • General • 0 Comments

    After skimming through the adverts for apartments at what had become my habitual morning hangout: coffee at Carola’s, I went to see 2 more apartments and one real estate agent. Minoanland the name was. Upon entry of the offices I immediately spotted something highly unusual in this part of the world: the whole office...

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    First day…

    by  • 9 January, 2003 • Tech, Travel • 0 Comments

    I woke up because my mobile phone rang. It was Yvonne. I was beaten. The fatigue of the journey had taken its toll. After a shower I got out on the streets and bought the local newspaper which I read through the adverts while having a cup of coffee at Carola’s coffee shop on...

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    First pitstop

    by  • 8 January, 2003 • Travel • 2 Comments

    Well. I did it, didn’t I? It’s now six thirty in the evening local time in Iraklio and I finally found an internet cafe to let you know I’m still alive. It has taken me exactly 97 hours from departure in Bilzen to arrival in the port of Iraklio. I’ll let you have the...

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    Iraklio, here I come

    by  • 8 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    At around 8 o’clock in the morning we started to see the shores of Crete. Everybody rushed to the car decks where the usual display of seemingly absolute chaotic behaviour took place: all the engines were revved up, cars were being moved to better position them for the exit, all without the boat crew...

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    From Delphi to Piraeás

    by  • 7 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    I got up late. Breakfast at the hotel was excellent. The view from the windows was nothing but extraordinary. You could see as far as the sea in the Gulf of Itéa. There was a group of young American students in one corner eating calmly and minding there own business. I chose a table...

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    To the oracle

    by  • 6 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    I decided to get off at the first village that would have a place to stay for the night. By now it was past 6 o’clock, light was fading quickly, when I came to a crossroads in Itía. To the right was the main road to Athens, left pointed to Delphi, 9 kilometers away....

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    From Igoumenitsa to Patras, or not?

    by  • 6 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    Around one in the afternoon we were sailing close to a couple of small uninhabited islands off the shores of Igoumenitsa. The weather was excellent, clear skies, bright sun. Igoumenitsa was sparkling white in the near distance. As we came nearer it struck me how small the port and the town was. I had...

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    Igoumenitsa, here I come

    by  • 6 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    When I woke up and got down to the restaurant I met with nothing but sleep-drunken passengers. The staff were not yet fully prepared in the restaurant so I took a stroll on the outside deck. I was met by a beautiful rainbow. I thought I could discern land far away but I told...

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    It’s still all Greek to me

    by  • 5 January, 2003 • Travel • 0 Comments

    There weren’t many passengers, as I already mentioned, and the staff were clearly bored with themselves. I inquired if there was an internet connection on board, which there wasn’t. There were four movies scheduled during the next 24 hours but I wasn’t really interested. I settled down in a corner with my first cup...

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