Kos, Arrival and Thirty Year Comparison

Kos Greece Dodecanese

Impatient to leave Kardamena we had an early start and after a rushed breakfast and check-out from the hotel we made our way to the busy village square where the buses irregularly leave for Kos town.

The journey was not by the most direct route and took about an hour through all the coastal villages and then through the unexpectedly green plains lying in the shadow of the soaring mountain peaks.  Farming  remains a principal occupation of many people on the island, with the main crops being grapes, almonds, figs, olives, and tomatoes along with wheat and corn and although the harvest was long since past there were still fields of straw like a golden sea of waving champagne next to exhausted black stunted vines and golden melons the size of footballs ripening in the sun.

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12 responses to “Kos, Arrival and Thirty Year Comparison

  1. All that food and nothing about lettuce, Andrew. Does it really come from Cos/Kos and is it still popular there? Has the caesar salad made a return to its place of origin?


  2. What was the price of a Greek salad and a Mythos beer?


  3. Ooh that hotel room sounds marvelous! The food you bought at the shop makes my mouth water… nothing like that here. Oh well that’s why we travel isn’t it?


  4. Love the contrasting photos, really interesting. Favourite was actually the first (old) one.

    Your benchmark prices in the comments are interesting. I bought a beer for 1.20€ at the weekend and ensalada mixta was going for less than 4€ But it was a bus station bar 😀


    • That’s a good price for a beer, but how big was it?


      • That was only 25cl – I did have an hour’s bus journey coming up, and the bus was leaving shortly so I figured best to be cautious. It was in Málaga. I used to eat there sometimes, the food is basic, but reliable and pretty good value which is often the case in bus station bars.

        In seedy La Linea which is now run by Chinese (the bus station bar, not the town), you pay 1.20€ for a tin of San Miguel. (33cl) Dear in comparison with the supermarket price for a tinny, about 50 centimos, but cheap in the scheme of drinks in bars. The only draught or small bottles they have is cruzcampo, which may well be Spain’s biggest selling beer, but I happen to loathe the taste.

        More than you needed to know about beer in bus station bars …


      • Andrew Petcher

        It’s all good background information that might come in useful one day!


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