A grave mistake
The mistake today was not mine for once and in a serious error of judgement by others I was given responsibility for a 15 year old boy as they mistook me for a 'responsible adult'. Silly people. We decided to take this treasured offspring of some Greek friends to a touristy beach down the road at Vai.
Being neither sure what 15 year old Greek kids like and definitely not mature myself, after some swimming I decided a jet ski was in order as all kids like stuff that can nearly kill them. We hired one for half an hour and headed out to sea where our first success was in making the small yacht moored in the bay decide they no longer wanted to stay around so off they went.
Zach was having a great time driving it, then I took over and am pleased to report that after much hooning about I did manage to tip us off into the sea, which seemed to please The Child greatly. Zach being Greek has the swimming ability of a fish. He swam back to the jet ski jumped up onto it and had a little lie down. Bully for him. My swimming ability is more akin to a critically ill whale. It's ok for him - he swims in the sea every weekend while when I was 15 you needed a hammer to get through the surface layer on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. As Zach had a nice rest I floundered about, slowly slowly closing the distance to the jet ski and I'm sure the little bugger was paddling it away from me at the same time. Jet skis don't seem very big when you look at them while standing up. When you look at them while bobbing about in the sea half way to the Greek mainland it suddenly looks very high up indeed. Eventually with grace and elegance I slid up out of the water onto it. Or alternatively, like a red-faced puffing heart-attack-victim-in-waiting I finally hauled my knackered carcass out and back onto the jet ski and sat there wondering if this indeed was the end, thankful that we were a long way being the reach of cameras from the beach. A great time, although as Zach's dad is a big scary man I may avoid him for a while after giving his son his first go on a jet ski!
In other driving news we did nearly see a little collision which was very Cretan in origin as a car was reversing down a pedestrian-only area and nearly hit a motorbike who was riding up the pavement onto the pedestrianised area in the other direction. Both of them completely ignoring the 'pedestrians only' bit.
Tuesday will be drone-day so fingers crossed it isn't last seen heading out to sea from Sitia bay.