Financial Friday 12

Week 12 has come and gone, and all I have to say is ‘ouch’! To explain why….

Travel

On Friday, I took the night ferry from Αθήνα (Athens) to Χάνια (Chania if you believe Google; Hania according to me). There were a lot of options, but I settled for the ‘airplane’ style seats. I figured it was a good compromise between the cabins and the deck seats. I got some sleep so I guess I was right. I think next time, I’ll look for a cheap flight though.

On Saturday morning, I bought a bus ticket from the new harbor to town. It’s more than I’m used to spending on bus tickets, but there’s no way I’d have had fun trying to walk so….

On Monday, I hitched a ride with someone staying at the hostel that rented a car. We ended up in Ρέρυμνο (Rethimno), and had a great time. The expense is for gas money.

On Wednesday, I rented a bicycle. I’d forgotten how fun bikes are to ride, and it made the trip to the beach far more enjoyable.

Accommodation

Friday was free! Taking that overnight ferry had at least one benefit.

The rest of the week was spent at a hostel in Hania. It’s a bit more than I’m used to spending, but that seems to be the story for this whole island.

Food

This is a disaster. Most of the week was spent with vacationers that wanted to go out for every meal. This is not the place to do that (at least for long-term travelers). The vacationers all went home toward the end of the week which made my wallet happy, but made my social side a little sad…which is odd because I didn’t know I had a social side.

On Thursday, I finally used the groceries I’d bought earlier in the week. Normally, I space the groceries out, but I’d eaten almost none of them so I pigged out trying to finish them all off before my bus today. Traveling with groceries doesn’t work for my tiny backpack.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.07 per day.

On Monday, one of the guys that was with us payed for our Go Karts! It was crazy fun, and I probably wouldn’t have done it otherwise because…budgets. You know, that thing that I’ve completely killed this week.

On Tuesday, I went to the local archeological museum: $4.94. It was ok, but I’ve been in Greece for 2 1/2 months now so it seemed a bit much for more 5000 year old artifacts. And now I sound like a total snob. I wonder if that’s how Greeks sound.

Summary

Week 12
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 55.49 2.1 0 12.36 0 12.36 0 82.31
Lodging 0 22.89 22.89 22.89 22.89 22.89 22.89 137.34
Food 16.57 15.71 24.47 27.78 24.15 20.77 0 129.45
Other 3.07 3.07 3.07 3.07 8.01 3.07 3.07 26.43
Total 75.13 43.77 50.43 66.1 55.05 59.09 25.96 375.53

So yeah, it’s not Iceland bad, but it’s certainly not good. Hopefully, next week will be better. We’ll see….

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