Finally! Day 5!
Sorry that I keep getting behind on my posts; I’m just putting up the last day in Greece, and now I have more photos to share, from the last few weeks in Turkey! I will update you all on that soon (and I’ll lump all the photos together to catch up), but for now, let me finish focusing on Greece. On my fifth day, I got up pretty early and went to the train station, to get a train out of Athens. Weirdly enough, they said that there was no train to Istanbul, and sent me via subway to the bus station at the next stop to get a bus from there. The people at the sub station, however, had no idea where the bus station was, though, and sent me back to the train station. When I returned, I just decided to get a train ticket to Thessaloniki (which means something like “Victory of the Sea”- nike means victory and thessalas means sea…specifically the Mediterranean). From there, I got directions to the coach center, where I got a ticket for the bus leaving at 10 pm. Since it was 5-ish pm when I got there I had a few hours to kill, so I took the guy’s advice and went to see the White Tower right on the coast, which is the symbol of the city. Then, I tried to go the Archaeology Museum, but it was closed (big surprise). On my way back, I came across an interesting-looking building on a side street, so I decided to check it out. It turned out to be the catacombs of St. Ionnias (whoever that is in English), and the adjacent church. After touring that, I continued on my way back to the shore, and came across the Greek “Hagia Sophia” (which was not like the Turkish one at all). I went in and stayed for a portion of some ceremony, though I think that it was more of a concert as the entire time it was various choir groups singing (and as it was a Thursday, it didn’t make sense for there to be a ceremony, unless they were doing Good Friday service early). Afterward, I returned to the bus center, where I then began my trip home. I reached Istanbul’s eski garaj at around 7 in the morning. Luckily for me, there were free shuttles all around Istanbul (well, the European side at least), so I took one to Taksim, then from there took a ferry to Kadikoy, and then the bus back.