I don't usually write reviews but this trip to Europe was somewhat different from my prior trips so I was compelled to share my experience.
When I arrived at the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised that both the lobby and the rooms were in a very good condition (clean, fresh, well-ventilated, most appliances in workable condition). Not only did everyone speak English but they were extremely polite and helpful from the very start. The bathroom was clean, the outside noise was well insulated by the thick balcony glass door and even the TV picked up a few English channels. Given the price and the proximity to two subway stations (5 min by foot each), the national archeological museum right around the corner, this was a steal. The only thing that I could see some people potentially being turned off by are the large number of small (sketchy?) streets on the way to the hotel from one of the metro stations - that is if you wanted to take a shortcut, teeming with sketchy people just hanging out on street corners. Although, I've walked this route dozens of times alone, I was never bothered, no matter how late in the night it had been.
Traveling alone has its perks - don't need to spend too much time deciding what to do or where to go next. You typically also get to meet a lot more folks this way. However, when it comes to certain experiences, having a close friend nearby would be invaluable.
On my fourth of eight days in Greece, when I went to bed thinking I'd book a ferry to Santorinni or Mykonos the next morning, the thought of being driven to the hospital in an ambulance within the following three hours didn't cross my mind. Unfortunately, this is what happened. I woke up with an acute pain in my stomache. My immediate thoughts were - the stupid wine, which I consumed half a bottle of several hours earlier, the stupid 14EUR grilled seabrass - never again am I eating fish. The pain was so agonizing that it made me believe in God. All machoness escaped me, when lying on the bed at 3AM in the morning I was considering if this pleasant experience was transitory or if I should really crawl downstairs and ask for an ambulance. Better safe then sorry, I thought - packed my toothbrush, passport, some money and wobbled on to the elevator, moaning like a wounded wild boar.
I must say I was really impressed with how quickly I got through the emerency room, and with the revealation that most of the hospital staff had very decent grasp of English. Some tests were ran, I was drugged a bit and sent home with a prescription in my hand about two to three hours later. The hotel staff even agreed to pick up my medications from a nearby pharmacy, as I was still in pain when I found my way back to the hotel.
At the end of the day, I was happy that I didn't book a hostel and ended up in a hotel with such helpful staff. I guess, the other lessons here are not to take good health for granted - as it can slip through your fingers faster than you can say "oh ****" - and to consider whether the freedom that comes with traveling alone is worth the price.
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