Today I woke up by water getting inside my cabin; last night captain told us to close our windows as we would start sailing at 5.00 am, but silly me I forgot it-and I blame raki for this-so I ended up waking up with a soaked wet pillow.
We sailed for about five and a half hours, and skipped the morning fitness class since the waters have been rough so body balance wouldn’t quite work…
By 11.00 am we made it to the beautiful island of Amorgos, a seahorse shaped small island lying in between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
Like snails after the storm, we all slowly gathered on the upper deck to enjoy the view.
Most of the Cyclades islands are dry but have stunning white sand beaches and crystal blue waters that invite you to dive in! The sound of the bell alarmed us that the breakfast table was set and within minutes we were all enjoying a cup of Turkish coffee…
With so much heat, my appetite has gone down but having some coffee to wake me up after last night’s hangover and a sesame cookie to give me some energy has been proven to be the wisest thing I did today.
While the captain was still trying to get a place to anchor the boat, our kitchen lady, Ayla, kindly offered to tell me my fortune by ‘reading’ my coffee cup. This is such a big thing for people in countries like Turkey, women take this job very seriously and are always happy to boil an Ibrik (aka small pot) of coffee and tell you your fortune story!
As soon as I drank my coffee Ayla turned the cup upside down on the tiny dish and we patiently waited for my life map to be drawn. Apparently there is an official term used to describe this traditional Middle Eastern habit, called tasseograpy as Tassa in Arabic means small cup.
When the cup dried, my life map had already been shaped and Ayla started interpreting the symbols shaped. It was an enjoyable 10 minutes of light hearted stories and predictions!
Here’s what Ayla told me:
– There are two brides in my cup. My friend Eva got engaged recently and Christy is getting married this summer, so that was quite an accurate read!
–I am a very lucky person with a brilliant life full of success ahead.
Brilliant! Let’s see what the future holds.
-In life I have a shield and no one can harm me.
–My cup had a peacock, so beautiful and impressive things are in the nearest future.
–I am going to get money and become rich, as the cup was full of fish symbols.
–All the difficulties I have dealt so far in life were for a reason, and from now and on life will be like walking through a park.
-Last but not least, I have a bull in my life (or at least in the mug) that protects me and is always by my side helping me out and supporting me. Needless to say at this very moment Steven flexed his biceps and everyone started laughing 🙂
After getting my positivism on the highest level ever we got our towels out and sunbathed on the deck.
The view of enchanting Amorgos made sun bathing even more enjoyable!
The stunning blue waters were too good not to try them so after a while Steven and I decided to go canoeing and explore the rocky surroundings of the main port.
Like two peas in a pod we fitted ourselves in a single person canoe and started splashing, eh sorry I meant paddling away the boat.
I let Steven do the dirty paddling thing as I pretended to be the captain leading the way.
Soon we headed away the boat and close to the beach. I was so eager to feel the soft, golden sand in between my toes, so we managed to do a bit of walking around before we heard the boat bell calling us back as it was time for our fitness class…
…which we pretended not to hear in order to keep exploring our grounds like vicious pirates reaching an unknown coast.
Right now we are back on the boat, a tiny bit sunburned but I suppose a pirate has to pay a certain cost for living such an adventurous life!
I wear a white dress, my straw hat that I bought last night from Santorini, and I have loads of newly acquired freckles that I’ll get with me back in Scotland. We are waiting for dinner to be served so I should stop this post now.