Climbing in Kalymnos

The climbing here is fantastic. This was my view from the top of a climb when I turned and looked behind me.

Like most climbing trips, it’s hard to get pictures of the actual climbs when there are only two people. We rented a scooter to get around the island and got these great views.

And goats and sheep are everywhere!


After a breakfast of unbelievable Greek pastries, we took the metro to the Acropolis.

The Arch of Hadrian.

We then walked to the Panathenic Stadium, it was excavated in the 1860s-70s and rebuilt. It’s the only stadium in the world to be made entirely out of marble. It hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896.

Found pretty good beers at a place called Beertime!

And I’ll always remember Athens for its copious amounts of junk shops.


The first day in Athens was a half day. Jack landed about thirty minutes before my flight from Sofia landed. Once we got settled we started walking around. We meandered through the streets and came across the Agora and went inside.

A nice view of the Acropolis!

Then more street wanderings before dinner.

Rila Monastery

Yesterday, I went on a day trip to Rila Monastery it was about two hours from Sofia.

First, we went to a cave monastery hidden in the woods.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but it extended deep into the rock.

We then drove back down the road to Rila.

Again, no pictures inside, bummer. I climbed up the little tower and had the whole thing to myself!

Had lunch which consisted of grilled veggies, goat cheese, and wine. Then had dessert! Fresh made doughnuts!