Welcome back to the blog! It’s been a long time, sorry for that. I’m back from my first vacation in Stockholm last December 2019. In my entire life, I have never been staying that long without traveling. As you know like everybody else it wasn’t a personal choice. In fact, we booked these flights in February 2020 just before all this Covid mess. We thought we were gonna spend our best life last Summer in Greece but life decided otherwise. We decided that it was safer to postpone our dream vacation when the situation would be more visible and known.
That way we were finally ready on the 24th of July 2021 to fly to Milos Island. As I said, it was our first trip since the pandemic, and let me tell you we were prepared for this. We got all the papers we needed and were ready to go. Every travel has its own little surprise and lets me explain to you how our travel began. Now it’s funny so let’s share with you all. But let’s be honest I wasn’t laughing at all that time.
23th of July we just received our checking email from Aegean Airlines so we both did the checking online but with Léa didn’t go as usual. Something happened and her checking didn’t go right as she didn’t receive her seat number. She immediately called the airline company but they weren’t helpful at all. They only said to her to go do the checking at the airport tomorrow. For you to visualize the situation, since we were going for one week we decided to be light and traveling with only one hand of luggage ($$ too). We will have no luggage checking that means it will be faster at the airport. But with this little incident, we had to do it all over again just for one seat number. As prepared people as we were, we already bought train tickets so we had to change them last minute to arrive earlier at the airport.
With no surprise as it was Saturday morning, the airport was already full busy. We were waiting in the checking queue when Léa had a brilliant idea. We were both so impatient to be traveling again so the waiting part was hitting us since the morning. She told me: let’s try the business queue and I will explain my situation to the lady and maybe if we have some luck she will do my checking there. Let me tell you people she was so nice and she did the checking right away. Then we did pass the security like fingers in the nose (thanks covid?) and finally we were so damn much in advance that the gate wasn’t even in the timetable. But better later than never? (You will understand why I just mentioned that if you continue reading this article!)
We have time to spare. We went to spend our last French money on the only spot in the Airport with some pretty expensive sandwiches to fuel ourselves before the first flight. Yes, you heard right, we had to take two flights to land finally on this little island called Milos. That explains why the final price of the flights was so high…
One thing I need to write so that you’ll be aware of all the flight’s details is that we had only 40 minutes between the two flights… Let’s the adventure begin! On the timetable, the flight was supposed to be on time so we were dead ready to board, but nothing was happening at that time. The plane was here, the staff was at the desk so we couldn’t understand why we weren’t boarding.
One hour later, the plane was finally ready to take off… We were so nervous because we had never been in that scenario with that second flight we have to catch on. We asked the staff and they told us that they will wait for us (no worries as they said) best joke of the week I swear!
The plane did catch up 30 minutes of the hour late he was… but it wasn’t enough. When we landed in Athens we told everybody we needed to go asap because we had a connecting flight but they wouldn’t let us because of Covid regulations… As the stress level was peaking at a high level for both of us, we were going for it even if there was the possibility that they didn’t wait for us.
So the airport sprint begins now. We were finally able to get out of the first plane and a man was waiting for us outside to give us some new boarding pass… huge mistake but we were in a such hurry. We were supposed to be on that second flight we couldn’t let be the possibility that it does not go that way.
When we were in the little bus transitioning us to the terminal I finally take a look at the boarding pass the guy gave us earlier. And I didn’t understand at first why it said boarding time at 8 AM I was like it’s a mistake. Then Léa took a look and she looked at me and told me, the flight is tomorrow morning……. But we couldn’t face the fact that this means that we missed our flight to Milos. We look at each other and we were like maybe there is still a chance to catch this plane.
The fun part begins now, we were leaving the bus and at the entrance of the terminal when we asked someone of the airport staff to help us catch our flight he says to us to go that way so we naively listen to him. But he made us go through all the airport process all over again … We did pass the security but wait that didn’t go smooth either. Let me explain to you that before the first flight I refill my Chilly’s bottle just before boarding. As they kindly offer us water I didn’t drink any of my water. But in the hurry, I didn’t remember that she was full. The woman at the security looked at me and told me « do you have a bottle of water inside your bag ? » I said « yes why ? » she said, « because it’s full you can’t pass with it ». I kindly asked her if I can throw it away and she responded to me « no » and then Léa looked at me and told me « drink it » and I was like how is it possible to drink 500ml as fast as I can. But I did it and I realized how hard the running part in the airport was gonna be. Then we rand and ran to the gate to see that our plane was long gone…
At that time I was partially breathing and I couldn’t find Léa … Then we finally found each other and we began to relativize a bit. The airline already booked a hotel for us and we just had to find a taxi. We met this incredible Greek man and he kindly offers to us to come back to our hotel the next morning at 5 AM to bring us to the airport again. We were so lucky in our misery. We arrived at the hotel and we didn’t expect anything like that. It was a beautiful classic hotel near Athens with an amazing rooftop with a panoramic view of the Acropolis with a pool in bonus.
A couple of hours later we were finally ready to fly to Milos. We were much in advance as the first time but we finally board and fly to Milos. We arrived at 9 AM and we checked for our car reservation at Europcar. Then we drove to our apartment in Pollonia.