Barry's Blog #91 - Mission accomplished

The peaceful anchorage at the southern end of the Greek island of Lipsi is obviously well known for the protection it provides from the wind, because the day after we arrived it got very busy with lots of yachts and gulets coming in and dropping anchor.

Then a couple of days later, on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019, everyone decided to leave and that included us.

Lipsi anchorage got very busy.

Lipsi town had given us a temporary solution to our Internet data problem, but the quest was by no means completed. It was time to move 10 nautical miles further south and slightly east to the island of Leros where we had a better chance of obtaining the data sim card we were searching for.

Not enough wind

As we left the Lipsi anchorage we hopefully unfurled the head sail but it wasn't too long before we furled it away, there just wasn't enough wind to make it useful.

That did of course mean that the sea was fairly flat which meant that we could put our Gori folding prop into overdrive mode and get some good speed at fairly low engine revs. At 7 knots of speed we completed the trip in an hour and forty five minutes, dropping our anchor in Alindas Bay by 12.15pm.

The castle on the hill at Leros, Greece.

Taking our dinghy ashore to the main part of town we asked around and were informed that we'd need to head up the hill to the old town to find anywhere that sold data sim cards. In the Greek islands we're beginning to realise that everything you need or want usually involves an uphill climb.

We spent 30 minutes walking to the old part of town and after talking to more locals we discovered that there used to be a shop that sold Cosmote sim cards but it had closed down a while ago. Nobody knew where we could buy a data sim.

At this point I was feeling as though we were going to fail in this quest, but my little inner voice had other ideas. It said "Why don't you walk a little further out of town on that road and see if there's anything that way?" Who am I to argue with my little inner voice!

As we walked along the roadside, there was no pedestrian pavement, the shops got fewer and farther between and it began to look like a lost cause. I decided that we'd just walk around the next bend and if there wasn't anything in sight we'd turn back. Rounding the bend I happily saw a shop front that looked like it had great potential and as we got closer I could see that it was indeed a computer store.

As there were a few people already queued up inside, Aannsha decided to wait outside and sat down in the shade on some steps as I gratefully stepped into the partially air conditioned interior. My turn at the counter eventually came and the guy spoke fairly good English and knew exactly what I wanted.

Twenty minutes later I stepped outside, with a big cheesy grin on my face, and declared to Aannsha that we'd had a win! I'd just bought 30GB of data for 25 Euros (AU$40.55). The data lifespan was 3 months, but we'd easily chew through that 30GB in about a month, and we could buy more data at most Greek islands because the company Wind was fairly common and popular.