The rest of the time we kept busy with multiple activities. Here are a few that we enjoyed:
In the end, the most memorable thing in Kos wasn't necessarily the kite surfing, the city, the food, or the sites.. it was spending time with all of the many great new friends that we met there.
Beyond their constant attentiveness in helping us out with kitesurfing, they also all made us feel so welcome... we were invited to numerous BBQs at the school and went out partying at the local bars a couple of times. Stevie taught us how to play poker at their weekly poker nights (while Krisztina emptied our pockets ;)). We played with Peter& Krisztina's 5-year-old daughter, Bogi, who also tried to teach us a bit of Hungarian. And we really enjoyed everyone's company when we were just hanging out at the school with all of the Kitesurf and Windsurf instructors and students.. everyone we met were just so friendly and kind!
For our farewell BBQ, Dom went with Giannis to fish a few sea monsters to enjoy at the BBQ. Armed with a harpoon, mask, and a pair of fins, he followed Giannis into the deep sea. With an ocean as clear and beautiful as it is here, you imagine that as soon as you go into the water you'd see millions of fish all lined up before you, that you can just start shooting at... not exactly so... turns out that spear fishing involves a lot of swimming, diving, and searching under rocks.
Our main reason for going to Greece was to join Peter and Krisztina, whom we met in Mui Ne (Vietnam) while learning to kitesurf. Peter is one of the owners of our kitesurfing school, Surfpoint Vietnam. One day he emailed us that he was planning to open a new school in Kos for the summer...since we were looking for another opportunity to continue learning Kitesurfing, we were sold.
We took a few refresher lessons again to get started...
A picture is worth a thousand words :)
Actually, it was our landlord (Giannis) who gave us lemons ... so we made Lemonade!!
Our next destination was Kos, Greece: A small island just 20km South of Turkey.
We decided to come here because our friends Peter and Krisztina, whom we met in Vietnam, decided to start another Surfpoint Kitesurfing school here for the summer! Before we arrived, Peter helped us find a nice and affordable apartment that was only a 20 minute walk from the Kos City Center.
The place has a huge backyard where our landlord, Giannis, grows all sorts of stuff like oranges, lemons, figs, olives and a variety of other vegetables... He even has chickens and bees!
On one day, Giannis's mom asked if we would like to try some of their home-made olive oil.... for sure!!
...she came back 15 minutes later with 1.5 litres of it!! Wow...! we'll be cooking with lots of olive oil for the rest of our trip :)