The Greek islands are known for stunning blue waters, 7:00 am bed times, and possibly the best place to spend your summer. Recently back from my own holiday in Mykonos and Santorini, I wanted to share with you 5 things to know before your Greek summer. If you’ve ever been to Greece, then you know things can be, uhh, interesting…
You’re Not Allowed to Flush
Okay, you can flush, just not your TP! The simple explanation? The sewage pipes in Greece are only 2 inches in diameter. So any time you plan on wiping (which I hope is always), be prepared to save your toilet paper for the trash can that’s usually next to the toilet.
There are signs marked everywhere for tourists not to flush their toilet paper. I know it seems a little odd and somewhat gross at first, especially if it’s, well, you know. But respect their wishes, and don’t flush your TP.
They Only Drink Bottled Water
Island life in Greece comes with many challenges. One of them being that all their tap water comes from desalinization plants, and therefore it’s not good to drink. You will be offered bottled water everywhere you go. So do not ask for tap water, unless you like salty water.
The locals don’t drink the tap water either. So don’t worry, its one of the few countries you can actually drink bottled water and not look like a tourist.
Greek time, how I do not miss you. Yes, ‘Greek time’ is a real thing, and if you are the least bit obsessive about getting stuff done, then good luck. Greece definitely runs on its own time. Nothing leaves early or gets done on time, and things are usually kind of unorganized.
My advice? Just embrace it and go with the flow. As someone who defines being late as being on time, several large breaths were needed throughout my Greek summer. I still love you Greece.
Island Airports are Possibly the Worst Thing Ever
If you’re flying to any of the islands for your Greek holiday, be prepared for nothing to run on time (case in point made above), and a hot and crowded scene. July and August are the most popular months to visit the islands. So just imagine the influx of people these poor tiny airports receive.
The small airports make for really hot temperatures (no air conditioning), and a sardine-like experience. Also, take a tip from me and try and avoid the restrooms. Though some are nicer than others.
The Mighty Greek Flag
Oh, how I miss seeing the Greek flag on the daily. The Greeks are damn proud to be Greek, and it’s reflected everywhere. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a country with more of its own flags flying proudly through the wind. You’ll see Greek flags everywhere on your holiday, and begin to wonder why your own country doesn’t have more flags.
Thank you Greece, for giving us the best summers, and always keeping us guessing with your charm. Where’s your next holiday?