All good things must come to an end they say
This time it was the good weather and my brother's visit
Gale force winds stopped boats from leaving harbour all over the country. Next day I got a call from the hydrofoil office, no boats out or in till the afternoon, and our visitors had to be at the airport by 1 oclock. This is the second time they've been cut off on their departure day. Last visit it was at least January and mid winter. This time of the year the winds are usually much calmer. Uusally. there is no 'usual' now.
The perils of living on an island.
Souvenir stands are sand bagged down so they don't end up in the harbour
Poros is only just an island and lucky for us the car ferry to the mainland was still working. So suitcases and travellers were bundled into the car, the car onto the ferry, and we drove them the 3 hours to the airport. The car ferry takes only 10 minutes to carry us across to the mainland and the harbour is rarely choppy enough to stop it running. We aren't often completely isolated.
There's a big shopping park near the airport, IKEA being one of the big stores in the complex. We thought we would go in for coffee after we had dropped them off, not for shopping. Quick cheap food, refills of coffee. Half of Athens and their small children had the same idea. I couldn't believe how crowded, and noisy, it was. We should have realised when we saw the car park and just turned and run. We did go inside though and queued for a coffee and a snack and then shot out as fast as we could. The driver needed a rest.
Before the dash for the airport we had the credit card fiasco. I went up to the ATM to get some cash and my card got sucked in to the machine. My brother was clever enough not to try his card but dear K couldn't believe that it was the machine's fault and marched in with card in hand
and his got sucked in too
A Muttley snigger!!!
He made angry phone calls all over the place but even his persuasive shouting couldn't get his card back till the next morning.
When we went in early next day 3 others had already retrieved their cards and there was a pile of about a dozen others, mostly greek cards, but a couple of foreign ones too. You'd think that once the machine stopped working and someone made a complaint, to the the telephone displayed on the machine for this purpose, that some sort of notice would have come up on the screen.
A few years ago this happened to a neice of ours, just an hour before she was due to leave the island on the hydrofoil. Back then K made a phone call to a teller we know and she came down straight away and retrieved the card . It's a bit more complicated now we have joined the world of ibanking and plastic cash and we have the EU and the IMF breathing over our shoulder watching every move.
Brother is long gone back to the southern hemisphere and we have a new round of visitors from downunder. The weather is absolutely brilliant, almost 28o most days, a second summer. Perfect for swimming and dinners outside under the full moon.
Quite an eventful day all round!ReplyDelete
We never use our cards when we travel. We prepay our accommodation etc as much as we can in advance of travel and then just bring as much cash as we need for day to day expenses. Needless to say, we tend to be quite frugal as we don't want to run out of spending money!
We are off to Tassie on Saturday and hoping for some kind weather - not as good as yours by the sound of it though!
Fingers crossed. This time of the year can be beautifulDelete
Love the Mutley snigger LA.ReplyDelete
I just love that Muttley snigger too. Perfect for this pieceDelete
Here it is still very hot even though it is currently raining lightly. Almost tropical weather.ReplyDelete
I wish we could have some rain, or wind, to clear the atmosphere. At night the air is heavy and everything gets wet by the morningDelete
We don't have IKEA here in NZ yet but I hope you both got your cards back from the itm.ReplyDelete
Used to like IKEA but too much you can waste your money on there!Delete
It's about time that Ikea had two stores; one for furniture, and another for food. I know loads of people who simply go for lunch!ReplyDelete
Actually I wasn't impressed by the food there either. The novelty has worn off. There used to be open sandwiches but didn't see any of those, the cakes are plastic and the meatballs hard.Delete
I do like the food hall but just because we can find a few things that are not available elsewhere, like liquorice
And all this plastic, and cash dispensing machines.... Was supposed to make life easier. -grinnnn-ReplyDelete
LOVE it. That the Man didn't believe you, and had his card sucked in toooo! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Serves him right!!! Muttley came to mind straight away. I always loved that nasty little snigger of hisDelete
There is nothing worse than losing your credit card.ReplyDelete
Fortunately it’s never happened to me but I don’t use ATM’s very often
Your lucky with the whether. We are having a second winter! Not nice at all
Hi Angela, a make sure that our visitors only use the ATMs at our 3 big banks. Heaven now's what happens if you lose your card in the other ones not connected with a bankDelete
I'm happy your visitors got away ok. Bummer about the cards being sucked in... I've had that happen and it's most annoying.ReplyDelete
Visitors home in the Bay o P. Weather doesn't look too good there at the moment. Still summer here.Delete
As for ATMs , there's definitely a risk, specially for people like me who forget their darn pin, or leave the card in the machine!