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By Asmodeane in Posts, Travel

Monolithos

Monolithos

Well, it’s been three days since I came to Rodos, or rather three nights. And what can I say… It’s been fairly dull. I had no real expectations when I came here, or at least no particuarily positive expecations. I knew I was coming to a tourist trap, filled with hawkers, hustlers and drunk brits. I submitted myself to this willingly, lured by the promise of a “boys week out” and just a chance to unwind with no pressure to perform feats of time-distortion by being in three historical locations at once.

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A really shitty shot of Prasonisi

A really shitty shot of Prasonisi

So yeah, we rented a car for five days and set ourselves a goal to see a local landmark every day. We got a fairly ok deal, not too good not too bad, 160€ for a red Fiat Panda with only 25k on the odometer. Pretty good when split two ways, only coming to 16€ per person per day, we’d waste at least that much on buses and public transportation (beaten up buses with barely any suspension and no air conditioning? Just shoot me.) every day… Plus getting a rental car gives you a certain freedom to see places on your own schedule. Anyway, bored myself to tears writing this banal crap, gonna go have a dip in the pool.

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Ah yes, where were we. Anyway, we managed a few local sights now, the castle at Monolithos and the beach at Prasonisi on our first day, Rodos old town on the second, and now the valley of the butterflies and an abortive attempt at the acropolis of Iyalysos (couldn’t find the road to the bloody thing). Fairly interesting places all, if a little overcrowded. Prasonisi was terribly windy, plus we both got sunburned to hell and back, Monolithos had good views but fuck all else. Rodos old town was nice in a generic way, the archeological museum was fairly large and predictably dull. The valley of the butterflies was a good workout, three kilometers of climbing topped with a monastery with some fairly nice views, the butterflies were being boring though, mainly clustering on trees and boulders. They are probably more active in the evening or something.

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So yeah, so far no proper adventures or accidents bigger than getting somewhat sunburned. This evening will probably prove no different, with nothing more exotic than a dinner at a local tavern to look forward to.

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