September 30, 2007

Rest Day

Kalymnos has been treating us well. It has taken us a few days to understand how to cling to Tufa's, pinch collonette's, and hang from stalactites. I was falling off of 7a+ our first day out but now seem comfortable onsighting 7b and the occasional 7b+. Pretty sweet. Heather is working on a beautiful Tufa route at the Iannis sector which is 7b. She's pretty close, maybe a few more attempts. There are a few routes in the Grande Grotta i would like to project but it seems the low half of the routes before the extensions get too much traffic right now to effectively work on them.

That's all about climbing for right now. We've fallen in love with real Greek Salad's (thanks Rex) and a variety of other dishes i cannot say. The Kalyminian's are wonderful and nice. It's fun to sit on our balcony overlooking the sea and listen to them shout at each other as the cars and Moped's speed by. They are trusting people who will help you with anything. We have made friends with the Popcorn Man who sells his popcorn on the main street and down on the beach. He calls us "The Americans" and always tells us about when he lived in Ft. Laurderdale Florida. I think i owe him a few Euro now for popcorn. I never have money when we go to the beach, so he always says... "pay me tomorrow". Which seems how most Kalyminians run their business here. We only had a E50 to purchase the guidebook, so the lady at the climbing shop gave us the book and said come back when you have smaller bills! Imagine a visit to Barnes and Noble without your wallet and the nice Manager saying "pay me later"! That would never happen in America. Not to mention our landlord said not to pay her with cash from the local (Massuri) atm and she would wait for us to visit Pothia where the exchange rates are better. Could you imagine going to a resort town somewhere in America and have the owner of the Condo say, not to pay him until you could get your money for cheaper? Not a chance...

Some of our new friends from near the City of Rocks will be here in a few days and we will have some company at the crags to share belay's with and take photos. That will be nice. We are having a great time, but miss everyone. Wish you were here...

PS... I can't understand the spell check in Greek so you'll have to deal with my poor spelling for the time being.