Wednesday, September 5: After deciding I don’t have the energy to stay in Oia for sunset, I drive south on the island and go back to Villa Galinia, where I take a short nap. I shower because I’m all hot and sweaty, and then I head up the island again to look for a good sunset view near my hotel in the south.
I come across a place called “Unique Sunset View.” This is a place set up expressly for the purpose of viewing the sunset. All the chairs face out toward the sea. I happen to sit beside a British couple from Northampton, southeast of London, who are at the end of their week-long holiday. They tell me about some of the things they have done here in Santorini; one of them is taking a traditional boat tour to the volcano. They say I should do that. They also tell me about Perissa and some of the nice beaches on the outer side of the island.
I order a glass of red wine and a vegetable crepe, which is mediocre. However, it’s great to have the companionship of this friendly couple as we watch the sun glide slowly from the sky. It’s quite a lovely view and I enjoy the evening, despite the poor quality of the food.
Soon after the sunset, the British couple leaves to go eat a real dinner, but the crepe is enough for me since I had that bruschetta so late in the afternoon. I return to Villa Galinia, where I open my window to the sea breeze, read a book, and drop off into a sweet sleep.