After Jess went back to Long Beach and the rest of her family to London/Australia, I got to relive backpacking solo mode- but this time on the Greek islands! Although only for a couple of days, this was a big deal for me since I didn't get to go backpacking this summer. Off season just started on the islands so they were all winding down for winter.

Must return when I(we) have more time.

Waiting for the ferry to dock (and then get bombarded by locals trying to win your business for their hostel).

My quiet hostel on Ios.

I want to trade shoes with this guy.

Backpacking life is good for my health.

You'd expect pictures of the Greek beaches but at this point, I stopped taking pictures and just became a beach bum.

Greece (reflections):

_only need 1-2 days for Athens
_enjoy 95% of your trip on the islands
_taxis are really cheap
_rent a quad or scooter for 20 euros and explore the island you're on
_eat more Greek food

The newly weds!

I'm not sure why I'm making that face. The family's island house where the reception was held at plus the sweet view. Jess sittin' pretty in Athens.

Jess's cousin Dana is super cool and works for NPR!

The reception, up until 6am!

Oh yeah! There was a Greek trip not too long ago- mainly of which involved Jess's brother Simon's 1/2 Australian 1/2 Greek wedding on an island.  Finally met her family and enjoyed some amazing Greek hospitality. 

Many stories to be told before this took place. It involved tequila, an amazing night time view of the Parthenon while standing in the rain, 3 brothers and yakuza, and then acupuncture.

Jess's brothers Paul and Sean are tall.

The Athenian stray dogs are no joke.

The Aussie family

Jess in ninja mode.

For now, I just want to play with my SLR.  But one of these days, I would like to get my hands on a HD digicam.  This looks intense! 

Danfung Dennis shot this with a custom built rig...

"...using a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 f/2.8 L lens, Sennheiser ME-66 and G2 wireless system, Singh-Ray variable ND filter, and Beachtek 2XAs mounted on a Glidecam 2000 HD with custom made aluminum wings."  

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Blog revival since the grand trip 2 summers ago! I never posted 2nd half of pics of the trip of making it to the holy grail of that summer: Budapest. In the name of progress, time to keep on rollin'!

With the help of a new toy, it begins (again)...