We were in the queue yesterday for the much more commercial Ventouris ferry (the Polaris) to Greece when we met John, an Englishman who now lives in Cyprus. He too was ‘camping on board’ and had a Cyprus-registered white van. The majority of the other passengers and drivers were Bulgarian (apart from the two lorry loads of live sheep which shared our top deck – I think they were Italian!).
John is driving to Cyprus through Greece and Turkey and sleeps in his van along the way. The Bulgarians all slept in their cars and the foot passengers slept in cabins or on the chairs. The boat was not full at all and so they was lots of space and being as we were parked on the top open deck, with electrical hook up, we cooked our dinner in the van and slept until we made our first stop in Corfu about 7:30am.
We arrived on the mainland at 9:45am (new time zone; GMT +2hrs) and went straight to the port tourist office, for a map (no TomTom coverage of Greece or Turkey). Found a campsite 25Kms south of Igoumenitsa and set up for a couple of nights.
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins