KOS?!! kos who?!
Kos or Cos (Greek: Κως) is a Greek island of the group of the Dodecanese, next to the Gulf of Gokosa/Cos. The island measures 40 by 8 kilometers (25 by 5 miles), and is 4 km (2 miles) from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, and the ancient region of Caria. The island constitutes a municipality within the Kos regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean Region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Kos town. The island has a population of 33,388. tsah! penjelasan lengkap dan akurat dari .... Wikipedia!!!! ;)
our third destination during our Greece trip was Kos Island. It took around 1 hour plane journey from Athens to Kos Town. We purposely booked the earliest flight so we could take the bus to go to the city centre, but as I mentioned earlier, ... there are only 2 seasons in Greece, winter and summer! so as spring considered as winter, we were waiting at the bus stop around 15 minutes .... for nothing!! yup! another taxi ride ... we did calculate the taxi budget for this case, ya tapi kan namanya ngarep mah boleh ya, lumayan jadi aku kan bisa minta nambah kalo makan ntar HOHOHOHO ;D
we stayed at Hotel Afendoulis during our stay there! and guess what?! there were only this American couple who had been staying there for one month and ... us!! another yup!!! too bad that we didn't have a chance to meet Alexis the owner of this place due to his sickness but we had great time hosted by Alexis' wife, Dionosio and their daughter Kiriyaki!! the best saying to express our stay there was home away from home. the hotel itself was not that fancy, as it was a 2 stars hotel but, .. it was the hospitality of the entire family that made our stay so pleasant! Dionisio treated us like her own children! it's true that they work in this industry and being kind and friendly are part of their job but you can feel it when someone do it genuinely of for the sake just trying to be nice! obviously they fall into the first category! :)
alright! back to the business!! the question ... is there anything you can do during this period when the city was asleep? like the old man said, when there's a will there's a way!! yup yup yup! panggil kami si duo jagoan neon the explorer! saingan sama dora ceritanya HOHOHO ...
CYCLING AROUND THE CITY!
ahay! this is the best way to stroll around the city! you just need to rent a bicycle and Kos Town is all yours. is it safe? yes!! this town is bicycle friendly and they have their bicycle path around the town.
lucky us! the bike shop was just opposite our hotel and never ever think we were going to rent the tandem bicycle ... some people might say tandem bike is romantic! not for us! yang ada malah ribet, cuy!!! we tried once back then to rent the tandem bike and it was the first and the last one we did that!! so one bike for the tour guide, another bike for this preggie!!
we strolled around the city visiting the Ancient Agora, Hippocrates Plane Tree, Castle of Knights, Odeion, and Western Excavation Site ..
|Hippocrates Plane Tree|
him: ini pohon hippocratesnya yang sebelah mana sih ya?
me: yang ini nih, rai!!
him: serius loe?! masa pohon hippocrates dicoret - coret gini?!
me: iya bener yang ini! tuh liat papannya! nunjuk ke arah sini kan!!
him: coba jalan maju dikit lagi, .. ga mungkin pohonnya yang ini .. pohon hippocrates loh!
me: btw, hippocrates tuh saha?
him: father of medicine!
me: ow!! i see i see ..
*jalan beberapa langkah dan ada pohon tua yang dipagerin dan kami saling memberi tatapan penuh arti*
him: tuh kan! HAHAHAHA .. ya kali pohonnya dicoret - coret
me: HAHAHA .. ya mana gw tau juga!
him: gw yakin pasti pohon tua gitu deh ..
me: ya udah ketemu, ayo poto - poto aja lah!
mission accomplished! berhasil berhasil berhasil!!! setel kutch - kutch hoota hay sambil muter - muterin pohon pake syawl ... HAHAHAHA .. what great way to start our adventure in Kos Town!
yuk cus!!! dari situ kita lanjut lagi gowes lagi ke Castle of Knights ..
if you're wondering were all that places ruins?! the answer is YES YES YES!! it's Greece, baby!!! what do you expect?! HOHOHO :D
we literally cycled here and there visiting all the historical ruins and one interesting fact, some of the ruins were located in the neighbourhood area. can you imagine waking up everyday with those view? .. i would say interesting!!!
ENJOYING THE GOOD FOOD
teteup ya harus ada edisi makan!! with not so many options, we decided to try this Romantica Traditional Restaurant for our lunch on the first day ... romantis bener!!! ;)
and we had another greek sausage for our supper that night ;)
fyi, karena letakanya yang berdekatan dengan Turki, jadi jangan heran kalau kita bisa ketemu lumayan banyak Turkish Restaurant .. dan pilihan kita jatuh pada Ali Restaurant that served Greek and Turkish food yang sebenernya malem sebelomnya kita udah incer cuma udah keburu tutup .. btw, all these places were only walking distance from our hotel .. yeah yeah yeah!! :D
finally rice!!! my indo tummy was more than happy to see rice!!! HOHOHO ..
and as a closure of our food journey in Kos Town, we ate at Olympiada Tavern .. we were super hungry that night but the thing with most of the restaurants in Greece they allow people to smoke, .. even in the aircon room! that sucks!! initially we wanted to eat at this one place but once we went inside we couldn't hardly breath .. that bad, people! then we saw this place which had both indoor and outdoor and of course we chose to sit outdoor .. dingin dingin semriwing dikit lah tapi bisa napas seenggaknya .. and we didn't regret it at all to eat at this place!!!
the food was yummy! the portion was huge!!! perfecto!!! best combination!! :D
|Olympiada Special Pasta|
|Youvetsi with Meatball|
another thing that you can do in this place is night walking! we did that for two days in a row!! okay okay first we had nothing to do and secondly it was a good exercise too!! me myself enjoyed our night walking session there, ... all you need was just a good companion! and I got mine!! :D
EXPLORING THE ASKLEPIEION
.. it was drizzling on the day we visited Asklepieion but it didn't stop us from exploring this place which was believed as a healing temple back then that sacred to the god Asclepius. Dionosio was the one who drove us here! can you see it now why I told you earlier that she treated us like her own children .. she drove us there, made sure we had our umbrella with us, waited for us to go in to the gate before she left us to go back to her house ..
another glorious ruins? checked! :)
we spent quite sometimes here, reading and browsing the history, talking pictures, discussing and imagining how was it look back then, ... kalo ga ujan mungkin aku bakal guling - gulingan di rumput sambil berkicau "i feel freeeeee" kayak tante syahrini ;)
HOPPING ON RANDOM BUSES AND GET LOST
we literally did that!! HAHAHAHA .. it was fun! really fun! we hopped on the bus, alighted at the very last stop, exploring the place, waited for the same bus to come back and hopped on another bus and did the same again! hop-alight-explore-repeat! :D
so yeah that's our little adventure in Kos Town!! always remember not all those who wander are lost ... efcharisto, Kos!!! next destination, Santorini!!!