Kalimera readers. Today was our first full day in Mykonos. As Katy and I are coming back to here for a week we felt no need to try and cram in some exploring and figured a day at the beach was a great idea. Our TravelTalk tour had arranged transfers to “Paradise Beach” which is great because although it’s 15 min it’s €25 flat rate which is borderline extortion. We arrived at paradise beach with our group of about 15 friends and claimed some beds and umbrellas front and center. Apologies in advance for the lack of photos, mainly because I just left my phone in my bag for most of the time! The way it should be!
Honestly there’s not much to write about our day spent here as it’s exactly as you imagined. I put my phone and wallet in our bags and spent the next 9 hours laying in the shade, drinking beer and swimming in the ocean every-time I started sweating (which was almost constant). The temperature was a toasty 36 degrees so we had to deploy all the sun safety guidelines. Our guide Stefanos tells us that it’s actually a heatwave and isn’t normally this hot but we’ve been here a week and have seen no evidence that it’s ever cooler here, not a problem for me, thats what I came for- Sunshine!
At 4pm the beach party started. They had Djs, dancers and even an Idris Elba lookalike hype man on a microphone. They sold big buckets of cocktails that were basically slushies which was excellent because we were all definitely beyond “medium well” cooked from the sun.
The plan was to stay for the party which was 3 hours then head back for dinner and a rest, then to come back because it has world famous DJs starting around midnight and even Lindsey Lohan owns a bar here.
Our plan got slightly changed when Angelo, a bloke in our group started profusely sweating and vomiting. It started out funny until we realised he couldn’t walk or speak and his eyes were rolling into his head. We did the usual tactics of trying to get water into him and cooling him down but nothing was working so the group decided Katy and I were the best to look after him. 😂 Everybody was very helpful and concerned and eventually I decided it’s probably better to get Stefanos to call an ambulance. One phone call later – the ambulance wasn’t coming as there’s only 1 on the island. Luckily, he convinced a taxi driver to take us all to the hospital. So our group went and showered and had some dinner and a rest while Stefanos, Katy and myself escorted Angelo to hospital. The entire hospital was 2 rooms and they were so relaxed, I kid you not the ED doctor took a selfie with a passed out Angelo. No matter how much Katy and I insisted he hadn’t just drank to much and suggested the possibility of somebody spiking his drink or heatstroke they wouldn’t have a word of it. Not Stefanos and not the hospital. I’m not sure if it’s to keep the tourists coming but they brushed off all those ideas very swiftly. Regardless, the treatment was the same and 2L of IV saline later he was feeling much better. Angelo is actually the only Greek speaking person on our trip and when he became slightly conscious he started singing Greek patriotic songs which gave us all a laugh. All is well and he was getting better so we left him with Stefano at the hospital and rushed back to get changed and have a quick dinner as everyone was already ready to go and party.
After a rushed shower and a feed Katy decided to stay in for the night and get a good nights sleep. A group of about 15 of us headed back to Paradise Beach to party into the night and boy was it rowdy. We partied into the night, went for a quick swim and caught a taxi home. While we were swimming somebody swiped Jordan’s clothes that had his phone and wallet in them so they’re gone, such a bummer end to the night it really was. Luckily I was smart enough to hand my belongings to one of my friends rather than just leaving it on the beach so I came home with everything.
So it was a late night and up early at 9am to get the ferry to Santorini. As you can imagine we were all feeling fresh the next morning. 🙃 Having an absolute ball and the people on our tour are all so lovely and fun (mainly Aussies, Canadians and Kiwis).