30 more minutes…what a stupid line…sit right back and you’ll hear a tale.

The Wandering Nerd November 17th, 2007

Remember the part about Napoli being cold and rainy? How about the part where the last two showers I’ve had have been cold. So now I have a cold. Whee! I love being sick in a foreign country. Luckily this time the Pharmacist spoke English. Well enough that he asked what my symptoms were. I think “feelin’ like I’ve been shot at and missed and shit at and hit” doesn’t translate well.

I’m done with Italy. Good food, lovely country side, but the people seem more rude than the French, and we all know my thoughts on the French. About the only thing worse are the filthy Canadians - pouring over our boarders to pay for healthcare, stealing our jobs, buying good ‘merican beer and taking it back. Parasites I tell you, PARASITES!

My head hurts.

Luckily it’s getting warmer. I’m on a ferry right now to Greece. This is the first time I’ve slept on a boat. The Stena Line from Dublin to Glasgow was short, and novel enough that sleeping was pointless. This, however is a 20 hour ferry ride, so I sprung for the bunk. Kinda’ nice actually. Being gently rocked to sleep. Though I suspect the meds and the half bottle of Rum may have helped me off to dream land.

Speaking of, I have a drink recipe for you! I call it the Dreamy Time Daiquiri! - I can already hear the Josh groaning. I will at least say you should never, ever, under any circumstances make this drink. I am a trained professional, and this should not be attempted at home. You have been warned.

Now that that’s out of the way. First, get some Apfel Korn, it’s an apple liquor and tastes exactly like apple juice if it’s on the rocks. Next, your favorite cinnamon schnapps, I prefer Fire Water to Aftershock - after reading some of the drinking games listed there, this seems almost tame…almost. Now here’s the secret ingredient. Apple Cinnamon Theraflu. Make the Thera-flu as normal, add a shot of both of the liquors and enjoy with stick of cinnamon. You’ll sleep like a baby, even remaining blissfully unaware of the desperate cries of your liver.

Now for Learning Greek with The Wandering Nerd!

Hello - yasu (informal) yasas (polite/plural)

Goodbye - andio

Yes - ne (isn’t that fun)

No - okhi

Please - sas parakalo

Thank you - sas efharisto

Do you speak English? - milate anglika?

Echo tria achithiyia - I have three testicles

Hey, it could be important.

Need sleep…


ohh, can’t anybody see
we’ve got a war to fight
never found our way
regardless of what they say
-portishead

6 Responses to “30 more minutes…what a stupid line…sit right back and you’ll hear a tale.”

  1. shanagalleryon 17 Nov 2007 at 4:47 pm

    You were correct. Josh DID groan (twice actually..and loud) and says “You should not make this drink under ANY circumstances”. Sweet Dreams.

  2. Hoshion 19 Nov 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Broiz and Gerlz!! or, Yassou file!!
    .
    Since when is Pompeii in Greece? I saw your tag on the previous article when I got to the bottom of it and actually had to go check to be certain I am not losing (any more of) my mind! That’s a dirty trick, mang. >:(
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    I have another Greek phrase for you to try out. I learned it from a friend in college whose family is Greek. I can’t swear by the spelling, but phonetically, it should translate well to whomever you are speaking to: “Dosimo tho zesto monay”. If you say it to a guy, prepare to get slapped. If you say it to a woman, you might get slapped or you might win Monte Hall’s secret door #2 prize. :)
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    From what little I remember, Greece is a pretty barren and inhospitable place for the most part. In fact, I think “Greece” means “Goat rock” in some other Mediterranean language. Just don’t say anything nice about Turkey and you should get through fine. The people are okay, but can be a little stand-offish until they have the chance to get to know you. Even then, I am pretty sure YOU are still f00ked, G. :P
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    Try the ouzo, I hear it is excellent this time of year. Try not to drink the whole bottle though. It causes major blackouts and memory loss. I loathe black liquorice and still managed to put away a bottle or two most weekends I lived in Europe. THAT is how much I like the aftereffects of (a whole bottle) ouzo…and I have the scars to prove it!
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    Anyway and as always, have a good time, be safe and try not to pickle yourself in Greece.
    .
    Hoshi

  3. Hoshion 19 Nov 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Ahhh, it is Thessaloniki and while you’re there, for the love of all that is good, you HAVE to go to the Greek Island of “Lesbos”.
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    No, I kid you not…it is really there, just off the coast of Turkey, near Izmir (which I’ve heard is a great place to have a cocktail). I needs a report (replete with photos, of course) from trustworthy sources on the nature of the native inhabitants of this island, pleez! :)

  4. The Wandering Nerdon 19 Nov 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I fixed the Greece tag. I’m sick leave me be. I’ll have to hit up Lesbos while I’m going through Turkey, I can’t be asked to make it from Athens. Expect a new Athens post soon, with the damaging effects of Ouzo. I saw a great shirt today, “Ouzo, connecting people.” Believe me I know…

  5. Hoshion 20 Nov 2007 at 9:32 am

    If’n you see one of those shirts in fat bastard size, hook a broi up!
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    Can’t wait to see what ouzo did to YOU (mainly because I never remembered what it did to me, I just woke up with cuts, scrape and, occasionally, stitches)! :D

  6. mariettaon 20 Nov 2007 at 11:43 am

    greece! my parents lived there for a while. jill, too. apparently, its the place to be. dont listen to that hoshi guy–its apparently a really cool place to be. eat lots of real feta cheese while youre there–it will make you realize what crap we get here in the US. also, i think you need a map that has lines that show your travel route on it–though it would probably just make me dizzy to look at it. ps–im in seattle now.

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