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How to Make Cold-Brewed Iced Tea

The temperature in the San Francisco Bay Area reached over 100 degrees F (38 C) yesterday so I planned ahead by making some cold-brewed iced tea overnight. Here's the recipe:

adding the tea leaves

Traveling the Greek Islands on a Budget

I've made many trips to the Greek Islands over the past 11 years. Here are a few tips on traveling the Greek Islands as cheaply as possible.

Greek goat, Amorgos
Photo: Goat on the island of Amorgos

List of Hostels in the Greek Islands

Here is a list of hostel-style (dorm) accommodation for Greek Island hopping. Not all of the places listed below are "hostels" but are as close as can be found. Expect to pay around €7 to €12 per night for a dorm bed (in 2010), though sometimes it is more expensive in the most touristy places like Santorini and parts of Athens.

Greece hostel dorm

The Greek Frappé

The frappé (φραπές) is a drink I had never heard of until my first visit to Greece in 2000. A frappé is instant coffee (Nescafé) blended to a foam with a small bit of water. Then more cold water is added to fill the glass.

Frappe Nescafe
Photo of Nescafé frappé © DJWebby2002GR

Riding the Arimura Ferry from Okinawa, Japan to Taiwan

In 2008 I traveled from Naha, Okinawa to Kaohsiung, Taiwan by ferry just before the ferry company disappeared. Here are a few photos from the trip.

Arimura Ferry: Okinawa, Japan to Taiwan

Finding Free WiFi Internet in the Greek Islands

A few years ago, it was rare to find even high-speed Internet in the Greek Islands. If I remember correctly, it was all dial-up except for one cafe I found in Iraklio, Crete. Things have changed, and now WiFi Internet can easily be found in the Islands.

Free WiFi on Paros Island, Greece
Free WiFi for guests of Camping Koula, Paros

A Walk Around the Waterfront on the Island of Naxos, Greece

Here are some photos I took on a walk along the waterfront in Naxos Town, Greece:

Naxos near Portara

How to Ride the Greek Island Ferries

Here are some tips on riding the Greek Island ferries.

I typically don't plan my trips in advance – I just fly into Athens, check the ferry schedules, and then decide where to go.

NOTE: in high season or during Greek holidays, plan ahead because ferries can get booked.

If you're planning on going to the Cyclades, especially the popular islands like Paros, Naxos, Ios, and Santorini, there are ferries from Piraeus (Athens) every day during the tourist season.

Piraeus ferry port

How to Get to Athens and Piraeus (Greek Islands Ferry Port) from the Athens Airport

When arriving at the Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos), two popular destinations are Athens and Piraeus, the ferry port where you can get a boat to the Greek Islands.

Since the flights to Greece from the US typically arrive in the morning, I sometimes go directly to the ferries in Piraeus.

To catch a bus to either Athens or Pireaus, walk out of the airport turn to the right and look for the city buses.

Athens airport buses

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