#14 Europe Chapter 2 : Bus Problem in Munich

I was less than 24 hr in Munich. Actually, i kind of avoid Germany on this trip, but at the end i visited Munich and Nuremberg. I have a friend studying in Nuremberg, I haven’t seen her for quite a long time. We were not really that close, when she was still in Surabaya. But since she moved to germany, we talked more on FB. Weird isn’t it? Hahaha! Anyway, when i planed my trip, i know i would need to pass Germany, unless i would like to take a plane, and i won’t. So, why not visiting her in Nuremberg!

I took a train from Hallstatt – Austria to Munich – Germany. From Munich, i would take a bus ride to Nuremberg. From Nuremberg, another bus ride to Brussels – Belgium. The bus was damn cheap! From Munich to Nurember was EUR 5, while Nuremberg to Brussels was EUR 9. Of course, it cost a lot compare to bus ride in my cheap-home-country-Indonesia. But…… the  bus was better a lot. Unlike buses in Indonesia that ugly and almost fell apart, bus in western europe are in perfect shape. Every passenger got a proper seat, with fix seat number. They would make proper stop along the way. They drive safely, so we don’t need to pray along the way. And they are supposed to be on time, or at least consider as one. Well….. wait till my story end…..  Flixbus apparently become the biggest bus company in western europe now. They bought smaller bus companies, add more bus, and more lines. Friend of mine keep on telling me that Flixbus kind of doing monopoly, and it is illegal, actually. It price also amazingly cheap……. and it is kind of illegal as well, said him. I think he have been adopt the western mind lately. As an Indonesian, i’m still thinking that the cheaper the better! hahaha!

I got 1 text message from Flixbus when i was in Munich, a day before my departure schedule. It was written in Deutch (what elase), it shows some number, i just don’t understand. The next early morning, i walked to the bus station, i was 1 hour early from my departed time. Once i got there, i tried to figure out how the system works, and where to wait for my bus, and i kind of find it.

After sometimes, i asked bus crew about my bus. He said, my bus was canceled (WHAT??) and it have replaced. I showed him the text i got on my phone. He said, it was written that i got replacement bus, the number was written on the text as well (GREAT!) The replacement bus was there on front of me, and it would leave about 15 min later than my original bus.  Oh yeaaaahh!! That’s transport management, in Germany level!!

BUT!!!….. here come the but.

When i was about to jumped to the bus, the crew bus just rejected me! I showed him the text, and my original ticket. He just don’t care. He told me to go to office to sort things out (FUCK!) So, i went to the office, across the bus park. It was small office with small rather unorganized counter. There were some customer there, while behind the counter, there was only 1 guy!! Fuck and fuck!! After i got my talking turn, i told him my problem. He said, my bus was delayed for 3 hr. I could wait if i want to. BAD option! The other option is, i need to go to the ticket office up stair, ask for refund, or another bus that leave earlier. Another BAD option!!

My english was not good, neither did that guy in the counter, i believe! But it just could not stopped myself from yelling and rumbling about this horrible situation. “I came from developed country! I’m used to this kind of shit. But i’m in Germany now! I was not expecting this situation from Germany!!”

I didn’t really know, if my anger had really moved him. Or he simply just realized he has another option. He make sure that i need to go to Nuremberg, grabbed my ticket, and rushed toward a bus. I followed him instantly. He scribbled on my ticket, handed it to the bus crew, and told him i need to go to Nuremberg.

That’s it….. I get a bus, 30 min later from my original bus………


#13 Europe Chapter 2 : Sketching along the way

Actually, i’m kind of proud of myself. I make it to sketch a long my way! Seriously, even my sister think i drew a lot more in that 30 days of traveling, than the days i’m at home!! This is the luxury of traveling alone. I can sit and draw wherever i want, and for how long i need. To be honest, i don’t always on the mood of drawing, but i managed to push myself to at least make something simple, so i can keep the mood alive. I know, once i break the “string” it would be hard to re-build the mood.

So, here are my sketch a long the road!!


first sketch was frm Acropolis, Athens. It was hot as hell in Greece, i was in long queue to to get inside Acropolis. Once i got inside, i feel like i don’t want to go out fast. Because 1# It is a beautiful historic site, so magical. 2# I have been queuing long enough, why should i go out fast?? 3# It is expensive!! I want to absorb the acropolis air maximally!! So, i sat there, under the shadow, and sketching!



This one was random pedestrian in Athens. It was a great spot under the tree, on an interesting pedestrian, on comfy park chair.



This one is Mykonos. I love this island, although it was bank-breaker-spot!! But the view is just unique. All building are white and blue, the path are black and white. Splash of fuchsia from the bougainvillea put some accentuation. I have not much choice to do in this expensive pit, it turned out to be good, actually. I end up siting under the tree, in one alley, and sketching! That was the coolest things i could do in the hot Mykonos



This one is the view from my hotel room, Philippi Hotel- Mykonos


I was waiting for the “famous” sunset at Oia, Santorini (Greece). It was a perfect spot, just a few meters from the fort, facing the wind mill, and the most important, under the shade. Anyway…… Oia is sooooo damn awesome!!! I wish i can stay here 😀



I love historic site, and Greece have them almost everywhere! This one is Akrotiri, in Santorini. This site probably the oldest settlement in the whole europe. The scientist believe this site was established in 5th millennium BC! They kind of believe that this settlement has been a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. The whole city was covered by volcanic ashes, from Theran eruption about 1627 BC. The site has been excavated since 1967, and now it have been postpone due to Greece financial problem.



This one from Sinaia – Romania. After visiting the Peleș Castle, i was walking around the area. The Peleș Castle was too complicated to sketch, i was too lazy! So, i’m happy to find this interesting building on the area!



This one from square in old town, Sibiu – Romania. I was wandering around the old town. It was rainy, and i was so lazy.



Still in Sibiu-Romania. My laziness just hit the highest scale. Well, at least i did sketching, even though it was a non detail yet simple one 🙂



Budapest train station (Hungary). I took a night train from Romania to Hungary, i arrived to the Budapest city in this train station. I love it instantly. The architecture was so beautiful! I don’t really like the atmosphere in this train station, to be honest….. But still, beautiful building. So, on my second day in Budapest, i went to this train station just to make the sketch.



This is a random roof in Budapest (Hungary). Looking at the small drawing coverage and the poor details….. yes, my mood was dropped again 😀



Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. This small mobile coffee seller was so interesting. The size is similar with “Bajaj”. The cabin only fit for 1 person, yet the equipment behind was awesome! Big Italian coffee machine, all the utilities, and ingredients, are all packed nicely!



Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. The Rathaus is awesome!!! Grandeur building, lots of details, i just can not imagine how those drafter drew them. They didn’t use AutoCad, i bet! It was a film festival in Rathaus, so they put giant screen, blocking a bit of the building. They also arranged nice stadium style bench there.



Still from Rathausplatz, Vienna-Austria. It was also food bazaar in Rathausplatz! May be it is also connected to the film festival. Sorry, i was alone, no one explain me anything, and anything was written in Deutch. How they organized the food bazaar was awesome! I’m totally amazed. All the food stands in same modular size. Of course they personalized their booth. The sitting area for costumer was arranged well. All temporary bench and table was designed well. They are weather proof, rigid effective and interesting. Last but not least. They use real plate, real cutlery, nothing disposable. They arranged some effective washing dishes post. I guest it would be a good summer job for student, to work on a bazaar like this.



Hallstatt-Austria. I was lucky, it was properly sunny when i was there. Hallstatt is really beautiful yet touristic. the village looks like village from fairy tale books. The mountain, the lake, everything is magical! The down side is….. expensive. YES!! I could not afford staying in the Hallstatt village, so i stayed across the lake, in Obertroun. Hallstatt and surrounding are always busy with tourist, both in summer and winter.



This is drawing from my room balcony, in Obertraun. I was staying in Haus Am See. My room was a single bed room with shower, and shared toilet. My balcony is awesome!! I sat there, drawing, trying to absorb the “magical” air as much as possible. The area are cold even in Summer August, well, at least cold for me. Fog covering the lake in the morning and evening time.



My last sketch from Hallstatt. This is the Hallstatt train station, where tourist got off, and walk down to catch the boat to Hallstatt village. I was here to catch my train to Munich. It was drizzling all day. My hand was a bit shaky, so does with my sketch 😀



Brussels – Belgium. Brussels is really interesting. It is somehow looks like Amsterdam, with the buildings that lining coincide along the narrow stone path. Unlike Amsterdam that using lots of red bricks, Brussels have many art nuveau buildings. I was sketching in old part of the city, on the most touristic spot in Brussels. The chocolate shop i drew was so interesting. Too bad, i was wandering the old town with a friend, so i didn’t have the full freedom the do sketch. Beside, the summer sun was on its full glory, and there was no shade…..



Still in Brussels. I don’t know where is it actually. i was on tram ride, when enter the area, where slim houses stood in a row. They are art nuveau, art deco, simple european style, all are beautiful and elegant. So, i jumped out the tram, find a spot, and did small sketch.



Nijmegen – The Netherlands. I visited the city just because a friend of mine were studying here. The Nijmegen old town is not big, but quite interesting. Judging from the sketch i produced, it was clear, i was LAZY at that time :p



This is a canal under De Goyer windmill, Amsterdam. I went here to see the windmill, and i was too stupid to read further about it. It is turned out to be a good brewery, and i didn’t realize it. So, yes…. i didn’t taste the traditional Dutch Y-lake (Ijmeer) beer. That’s called stoopid.



Jordaan, Amsterdam – The Netherlands. This canal is near by the Anne Frank museum. I was thinking about visiting the museum, but i was not sure either. I was not in the mood of museum. The museum was quite packed actually, people were lining religiously. So, i decided to walk down the canal a bit, and sketching instead of queuing on the museum.



Last sketch i did in the trip. This was De Pijp, Amsterdam – The Netherlands. The cafe called De Wasserette.

#12 Europe Chapter 2 : Belgian Waffle Myth

I think, the whole world believe that waffle is the Belgian national food, well….. at least the most popular snack in Belgium.  That’s why, the tour-bus people would ride the bus from Amterdam to Paris, trough Brussels. So they can stop by for a few hours to make photo of pee-pee boy (Manneken Pis) and eat Belgian waffle. Therefore, they can call themselves officially visiting Belgium!


The facts is, for Belgian, waffle is nothing to do with their identity. Why?

1# They would eat waffle like…….. once a year??

2# Waffle seller are not always available in their neighborhood. Apparently, waffle seller are only exist in touristic area. I guess it is obvious, waffle is more a tourist food, than Belgian food

3# Even most Belgian have no idea about that famous “Belgian waffle”

So, what is more Belgian than waffle? Let me introduce you, Belgian Frites!! Literary means Belgian fries. The most popular one is pommes frites, aka french fries. But they insist it is not french fries, cos they cut the potato bigger, unlike the itsy-bitsy-skinny french fries. Pommes frites also fresh cut and fried, while french fries mostly frozen. They also provide many kind of dipping sauce!


Belgian frites stalls exist everywhere, not just in touristic area. In the small city or even village, there would be at least 2 stalls selling frites. And Belgian eat them a lot as snack.

OK……, Belgian waffle is over-glamorized by tourist industry. But….. it is not overated, at least not for me. Belgian waffle are different compare to other waffle cos they are using dough instead of batter to make it. So, yes, they are special, and worth try.

belgian-beerAnother thing that is really Belgian is beer. First of all, in Belgium, there are many kinds of beers. There are abbey beers, sour beers, lagers, pilsner beers and ……. i don’t know, i guess there would be more.

When talking about beer, to be honest, most of us would think about Germany. They have biggest-craziest beer festival, named October fest, they must be that beer country! The fact is, Belgium also known as beer country. Unlike Germany who have their beer brewed in big brewery, Belgium beer is more like craftsmanship.  There are lots of small brewery in Belgium.

Belgian people think that Heineken taste like pee, sorry…….

Beer culture in Belgium is different compare to Germany, and nothing like October fest. Belgian love to drink beer, in “proper” amount, they love to taste them properly, not just drink a lot and pass out. They also love to experimenting with their brewery, such as adding fruit into the process. In the bar or cafe, they serve certain beer in certain glass! Some beer could share the same glass, but mostly each beer have their own glass. Yes….. As you can imagine, this means that each bar has upwards of 70 types of glasses, in all different shapes and sizes. I have no idea how they store those.

They called it the right beer in the right glass to preserve the taste. I called it beer-totality, hahaha!


I would say, tourist have to taste Belgian beer properly, so they can call themselves “officially visiting Belgium”.

#11 Europe Chapter 2 : Passion, Blessing or Curse?

This is one things that circling around my head, looking at those talented street performer during my trip in Europe. In Indonesia, being street performer means being the second class or even the third class in the society. They are consider as the fail one. The “normal” people would work in the office, behind the desk, earn monthly salary. While street performer are “beggar” make a living from others charity. I guess in Europe it would be different. I believe European society treat them better, more than just a beggar, but still…… not “normal”. I guess most people thinks that performance belongs to the stage. When the performer can not make it to the stage, they better drop it, and start to work something “normal”, such as bank clerk or something like that.


OK, let’s talk about street musician. Unlike what is commonly we have here in Indonesia -called as pengamen– the street musician in europe really are talented. May be for a master, they just play average, but for average passer by like me, they surely talented. The most important is, they are entertaining! So, while walking down the old town, we could heard some good live music in between the buildings, isn’t it great??

Meanwhile, most of pengamen in Indonesia sing badly, sometimes they are so bad to be called as music. No proper instrument, no proper song, nothing to be called as performer. They are more like beggar to me. Some of them really could hit some tune, but they would sing just 1 bar, ask some money and go. That’s not really entertaining, guys……. Sometimes they sang 1 full song, but the lyrics is not entertaining. It is either dirty song about young divorced lady hungry for love, or provoking song about poor people VS rich people. Nice……

In indonesia, street performer is just a bit more than beggar. They are definitely not a musician. They have no pride to be a musician.

So…… when a musician or group of musician really are talented, why are they on the street? I’ve never really talk to them, they were busy playing music when i met them, hahaha. But i guess… it is pretty obvious. There are many people are talented in music, but… the industry only took a few of them. It is not just about talent here, it is also about opportunity, luck, and perhaps choice. Not all talented musician could have a spotlight, and earn popularity. Every year, thousand of thousand talented performer joining the line to the star search show, of course most of them got rejected. We know, some of them are street musician, like Klantink in Indonesia. Even though they got lucky to enter the competition and won, still there are no guarantee for an easy life. Lots of them end up as one hit wonder, and disappear as the new performer took over their spotlight.

I think, this is why there are lots of good performer end up on the street. When their passion is music, and there a no proper stage for them to perform, why not embrace the street as stage? Most of talented musician who are not make it to the industry, end up taking regular job, and visit their music interest occasionally as hobby. But….. some are not. Some are decided to play music professionally several hours per day, on the street.

This is not just about musician. There are many kind of performer embrace street as their stage. I saw good couple of acrobat performer on red light in Brussels. They perform during the red light, entertain the driver while waiting for the light. A few moments before the light turn green, they would bow, and “picked up” their “payment” from the cars windows. To me, they works professionally as acrobat performers, just the same with the acrobat performers in cirque du soleil, or those who works in Las Vegas theater.

Again, those circus people could have just work behind the desk, of counter, just like “normal” people, but they choose to follow their (again) passion. Works professionally as acrobat performer, no matter what kind of stage they got.

So, passion, is it blessing or curse?


#10 Europe Chapter 2 : Joining Granny Squad in Santorini

No, i don’t mean it literary…… No, there are no squad of granny in Santorini, don’t ever try to find them.

What really exist in Santorini is : Bikini troops!!

Seriously! In Santorini, all tourist, OK i exaggerate it, but well….. most of them are wearing bikinis no matter what, or where. Including in the town that raised more than 100 m from the beach. I kind of understand that people come to Santorini in the summer to lay on the various beautiful beach around the island. But…… when the water is down bellow, even though it is still so much on vision…. Bikinis are just not make sense to my conservative head. OK, it is just me and my habits actually.

They are NOT wearing bikini just like that on street, they always layered them with skirt, or some kind of beach dress. They looks pretty, actually. Don’t get me wrong (as if there would even read this crap :)) I don’t mind with people clothing, really! Sexy, naked, sultry, burqa, conservative, etc, i don’t mind. If i don’t like it, i would look away, that’s simple.

One day, i was about to take bus from bus stop near the Red beach, there were 2 girls in bikini. The bus crew was preparing before taking passengers in. He make sure no passenger with food got in, because it is prohibited to eat inside the bus. And, he make sure those 2 girls got their clothes on! So, after some argue, they wore their pairs of cropped tanks and short hot pants. That was not so much bigger compare to the bikini, hahahahha!!


So, what is Granny squad actually? That’s was my feeling when i was in black beach…… The time when i arrived, i realized i would be the only one wearing “speedo” tankini and short in this beach….. And that was true. Black beach have some simple-temporer shower cabin across the beach. That was great! For the one who have problem with public-changing-clothes like me…… Plus, wearing swimwear around far from the water also not a nice option. I know, i’m sound prude and probably difficult….. May be i am…. But that’s me anyway. I’d rather walking around in wet clothes than have to change it in public. Or….. the worse, i’d better stay away from the water!

So, the moment i stepped out from the cabin…. i saw some granny wearing one piece swim wear. There i am, joining the granny squad, who don’t show their midriff on public 😀

#9 Europe Chapter 2 : Dachstein ice cave, is it worth?


This is the reason i brought 2 bulge things in my backpack. 1# is my hiking booth, and 2# is big heavy jacket. I want to visit Dachstein ice cave!! According to the web, i need to wear robust shoes and warm clothing, as the temperature would go from below 0 to maximum 4 Celsius. Knowing me, the one that have been living in equator forever, i took this seriously. 

Dachstein actually have some attraction, not just the ice cave. There are also another cave (not ice), viewing points, trekking path, and during winter, this area become skiing spot. The easiest way to reach the area is from Obertraun, and Salzburg. There are some ice cave in Austria, including Werfen, near Salzburg that claimed to be world’s biggest ice cave. So, why did i choose Dachstein instead of Werfen? Easy…… cos i decided to stay 2 nights in Obertraun, while dachstein cable car and visitor center is just 2.10 EUR -one way- by bus number 543 from obertraun! If you are not staying overnight in Obertraun, you can just jumped to the train to Obertraun, and take the bus from there to cable car. The bus stop is just stone thrown away from the station. If you came from hallstatt, you can also take the bus 543 from Hallstatt Lahn terminal to the cable car.

To reach the ice cave, we need to take cable car. This cable car have 3 tiers. The ice cave is in the first tier. It is definitely not a cheap destination! Here is the price


I embrace my financial condition by choosing the ticket cost 28.80 EUR, to the ice cave only, (cable car ride included). The cable car ride was awesome, even though it was only to the first tier! Anyway, it was quite rainy and cloudy, i was afraid the view from five finger viewing point would be blocked.cable-car

From the first tier, we need to walk quite a bit (i mean climb up) to the cave entrance. Not too hard actually, around 15min walking. The track might quite steep, but no worries, the beautiful yet refreshing alps scenery would help you to forget the tough walk, hehehe. On this first tier, there are 3 small museum, -or i might call them information huts, cos it is rather small to be called as museum- about the cave itself, flora and fauna around the area.

museumThese information huts are well maintain, yet informative. Well, actually all the facility on the area are well maintain and nicely built. At some point, the price we have paid to get into Dachstein area become more and more make sense….. Of course it is still expensive, but at least it is worth the money.

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The ice in the cave is formed by water which seeps from the Dachstein plateau down into the cave through small cracks and joints in the cliff.  When outside temperatures are above freezing the caves still contain really cold air, so the penetrating water freezes and forms magnificent ice shapes and frozen waterfalls.  Although some Summer water flow is warm enough to produce slight melting, it actually balances the winter growth some which is a good thing.  The Winter-Spring growth exceeds the Summer ice loss and the constant cycle of slight melting with growth guarantees the survival of this magnificent natural showcase and frozen waterfalls.

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For me, the cave was so worth visit! It is one of a kind experience. The glacier was not from the ice age, it was only 500 years old, but still impressive. The glacier part was quite big. The guided tour was about 50 min. I didn’t pay much to the guide, as i was busy taking picture. The cave is well lit up, on the path and mostly at the chambers and the special ornaments, which is double awesome! We don’t need torch, and the lights also helps a lot on photo taking.

The path is well built, the hand rail and stairs are good and safe. On the website, they said the cave is suitable for all ages. I think, the hard part was not in the cave, it is in the trekking path from the cable car station to the entrance.


#8 Europe Chapter 2 : Random things from Hallstatt and Obertraun

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#7 Europe Chapter 2 : Survive in expensive-touristic area

I’ve never been to Scandinavian countries, but….. it is well known as expensive tourist hell. And i believe it! That’s why, i keep those northern lights temptation on the very end of my list. I would go there, for SURE!! I mean…..not sure when, hahaha! Some tempting places come with very high price tag,  indeed. That’s really a sad irony for my-not-so-rich-life.

Some traveler choose to avoid those expensive places. Wise yet sober option…….. That would have been easy when the curiosity virus haven’t infected you yet. On my case, i got hooked by the photos on the net, and at the same time  curiosity bug inject me by its venom.

Well, expensive or no is rather subjective, tough. So, here is my list of expensive places i have visited during my trip : Mikonos (Greece), Santorini (Greece), and Hallstatt (Austria). The most expensive was Mykonos, and i make it worse by visiting it in the high season! Please take note everyone……. pick your travel date while you are full and well awake. Deep inside my black heart, buried by piles of pride, covered by limited promo tickets, i have to admit, i was stupid enough to visit Greece in August…….eur-6Here is the hotel rate comparison for Mikonos island. Yes, i paid high for my curiosity, and i paid more for my stupidity. At the end, i don’t care, i love my stay in Mikonos!!

1# things to do to survive in expensive-touristic place : avoid the high season, if there is option for that! Because, some place are not worth visit out of the season. And, some place meant to be visited in certain dates, for example October fest in Munich. Everything from hostel to transportation option become crazy expensive during October fest.

2# things to do to survive in expensive-touristic place : stay a bit out of the main attraction. I’ve done it in my previous trip to Venice. Instead of staying in the lagoon, i stayed in Marghera, in main land. The hostel rate was a lot friendlier, and so with the food! This time, instead of staying in expensive Hallsatatt village, i was staying in Obertraun, across the lake. Obertraun is still expensive option, but it is better than Hallstatt. Another option in staying Salzburg, which is a lot cheaper. But….. the commute cost to Hallstatt is not that cheap. Yeah…… We need to be aware of the commute cost for this trick.

3# things to do to survive in expensive-touristic place : Only eat things from the supermarket. I did it religiously in Hallstatt and Obertraun religiously! 8 Eur for big bread and some processed meat, last for 3 days! Not bad at all actually (proud of myself! haha!)

4# things to do to survive in expensive-touristic place : use your feet well. Most of the time, transportation cost quite a lot. In most western europe countries, one hour transportation ticket cost around 2,10 EUR. In The Netherlands, they use distance based, instead of time based. Hungary is quite cheap, aroud 5.20 EUR for 24 hours ticket. The cheapest i ever had was in Sibiu-Romania. Only 1.5 Lei per ride, it is around 0.35 EUR! So…… for the expensive places, i tried my best to just walk and walk and walk. I’m not interested in taking public transportation for free, even though it is possible…… I mean, illegal of course, but possible.

#6 Europe Chapter 2 : Random photos From Santorini

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#5 Europe Chapter 2 : Wandering Around In Santorini

Santorini is one of the most touristic place i’ve ever visit. I think, 70% population of Santorini island during summer time is tourist! 30% would be local. I went there right in the high season! It was early of August. I wasn’t really pay attention about it, until some friends pointed me out. I was thinking, yeah…….but i want to be in Europe on summer this time! Anyway……this decision cost me some money, that’s obvious! Hahahha!!

The most significant differences between shoulder season and high season would be accommodation price. It could be dropped to half on shoulder season. Off season/winter would not be a good choice to visit the island. Most of the hotels, restaurant, shops, everything would be close! Well, mostly, not all. There should be some open in Fira.  For the complete season guide to santorini, i found this website really useful! But i found it lately, after i’m back home. Hahaha!

How to move around in the island? Tourist have some options. Rent a scooter bike, (remember the closing scene of “Bourne Identity” movie? Marie Kreutz, the girl, she is renting scooter somewhere in Greece) rent a car (quite popular), rent ATV (weird to see the ATV on asphalt), taxi, and my favorite…….. local bus!! And….. lots of walks, of course. Well, actually lots of places in Santorini consist of narrow pathways with combination of steps, they require lots of walks…… That’s part of the Santorini charm, though.

eur-5Back to the Bus. Bus cost around 1,8 EUR to 2,4 EUR, depend on the destination. For the complete bus schedule and price, please have a look here bus-santorini. The ticket purchased on the bus, by the bus crew, not the driver!

At the beginning, i was thinking about renting scooter, but it was quite expensive, and i have no one to share the cost. Parking also not easy in santorini. So, i stick to local bus all over the time, except for two rides from the new port to the hotel, and the hotel to airport. The hotel owner give me a ride for those occasions.

Bus in Santorini works like shuttle. All of them started from Fira bus station heading somewhere on the island, and back to Fira. There are bus stop a long the way, we can catch them on the bus stop. So…… it might sounds wasting time to ride back to Fira, just to catch another bus to another destination. But that’s the most simple way of using this local bus. I pretty much enjoyed this back and forth kind of ride, because 1#Santorini is pretty small, the longest ride might take 30 maximal 2#the scenery along the road also interesting. So, let’s consider the bus ride as part of sight seeing! hahaha! Compare to buses in Surabaya, they look better, with working AC.


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