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First Impressions of Kos, Greece.

Greetings for all of you beautiful free rainbow souls out there!

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I am back again from Greece with finally some new posts about my travels! This is the first one in the ‘Kos series’ where I reveal my first (touristic) notions of the island and Greece in general. I hope you enjoy my upcoming content and let me know your comments and suggestions down below!

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One of the first things I noticed was, of course, the official flag of Greece. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m Finnish and our flag and kind of ‘national colours’ are dark blue and white but I still argue that somehow the all-encompassing turquoise blue and white colour scheme made me culturally feel more relaxed than usual on my trips. Tell me I’m a nutter but I honestly believe that symbols such as flags and colours are able to transgress culturally constructed meanings.

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The first thing that popped into my field of view after landing on the Kos International Airport ‘Hippocrates’ (of course its named after perhaps the most famous inhabitant that ever lived on the island) was the iconic white Orthodox Christian church with turquoise blue roof, just like the one above that was seen later on our road trip across the island.

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Another thing was the hot and dry terrain everywhere in the island (except maybe the centre of Kos town or the frequently watered tourist resorts). On the beach you could frequently feel on your skin the small pieces of sand flying in the wind.

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And yes, pretty hot it was – even though one lady told us that the summer overall has been quite cold in Greece. Could be true since at the moment the weather is not much different in Helsinki, Finland!

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Public telephones were apparently still widely in use and found all over Kos.

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This old and rather rustic Nissan Vanette parked in Kefalos made me instantly dream about the most epic van tour across the Mediterranean countries… Maybe one day, guys!

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Driving with scooters (most often than not without any helmets on) was probably the most popular mean of transportation at least amongst the locals. It’s relatively cheap, fast and cool – so why not rent a vehicle of your own and enjoy a nice day exploring the island a bit further?

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Of course, being an island after all, Kos was not only filled with beautiful beaches but also sailing boats of all kinds.

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The cracks and splits in the pavement in the beach boulevard of Kos town remembered me about the Aegean Sea earthquake that happened almost a year ago – on July 2017.

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Some of the damages were still left unfixed after the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that sadly killed two and injured more than 120 people in Kos (and hundreds of more in Turkey).

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But because my intention isn’t to scare but to encourage people to travel and see the world, I want to end this blog in more positive vibes. One of the things that you will definitely notice everywhere in Greece is the unique alphabet that has some features similar to Cyrillic letters that are widely used in Russian speaking countries.

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Because being a vegan I am all into plants (drum roll here, please!), I couldn’t help noticing how the beautiful hibiscus plant was literally everywhere! Apparently the generic name for the flower is derived from its Greek name ‘ἰβίσκος’ (hibiskos).

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Not to say that there wouldn’t have been exotic plants pretty much everywhere in Kos!

On the next posts in the ‘Kos series’ I will introduce you to the stray animal situation, cuisine, shopping options, historical Agora, road tripping scene and more – so stay tuned, keep calm and enjoy the previous posts as well!

Yours,

Miah

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