Agathonisi

7-5-2016–Agathonisi, Greece 

I left Patmos after a short two-day stay (a pleasant enough locale, but not really my thing). I’ve replaced the semi-glitz of that island with Agathonsi—a place that’s a bit more than a speck on the map. According to Lonely Planet this island’s population is only 160 (I’m sure there are far more goats than people here). It feels like it—this place is sleepy (in a good way). Basically there’s nothing to do here but swim, read, and try to figure out where you’re going to eat each night, which is pretty easy, given there are only about five options. I like islands like this, am drawn to them; I enjoy the feeling of being somewhere different, somewhere most people don’t reach …

I’ll probably stay here one, maybe two more days. There are boats going to my next destination, Lipsi (a metropolis—population 700!) from here nearly everyday, so I don’t have to do much planning—I can bail out at pretty much the last minute if I have to …
Agathonisi Notes:

This place is hot, even by summer Greek Island standards; I briefly tried to hike inland today—fuck that! Dry scrubby hills, few trees, little shade: even the goats seem to realize that they’ve got it bad (by goat standards!). Odd mixture here of off-the-beaten-path types and yachties, the latter of whom seem to be anchored throughout this island’s numerous calm inlets. Not the obnoxious super-rich yacht-holes, mind you, but just mellow people it would seem who happen to be able to afford nice boats …
General Notes:

I need to make some decisions in the next few days. Though I still have over three weeks left of the trip I now have to start thinking of time. My plan has been to be in Iraklio by the evening of the 16th so I can see Kelly Thoma and Ross Daly perform. This is still my plan. What I’m not sure of is how I get there. I’ve been thinking about throwing an urban section into this trip. I’ve always wanted to check out the National Archaeology Museum in Athens. So I’m considering spending a few days there (I’ll have to go thru there anyway on my way back to Crete). If I go that route I’ll need to catch a plane soon, probably from down in Kalymnos, or maybe back in Patmos. My other option is to skip Athens and just keep drifting south, till I’m bored and/or get to an island with and airport.

My biggest problem at them moment is trying to figure out which gorgeous Greek island I want to fly out of to get to another gorgeous Greek island, on which I plan to hear amazing music. I’ve made some good decisions in my life …

Still bummed out at the lack of photos. No chance whatsoever of correcting that here, or probably the next couple of islands on the horizon. Last night I took apart one of my broken adapters to see if I could fix it. Didn’t happen. I even yelled at it for awhile. No dice. This is everyone’s fault but mine …