Our stay in Oreoi was a day or so longer than planned, primarily because I spent most of Wednesday morning in the toilet. Good news was that I found the hardware store in the morning and it was excellent, having a 5 metre ‘drain snake’.

Leaving the toilet to another dose of acid we went shopping in Lidl in the nearby town of Istiaia. The thing which struck me about Lidl was, apart from the signs in Greek, it was almost identical to the ones in the UK, even down to the smells!   Almost made me feel homesick! We spent ages doing a weeks shop, enjoying the air conditioning! We also needed to visit a Vodaphone shop again but found that shops here have half day closing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Arriving back on board I found that the acid had finally started to clear the calcium and so with some vigorous rodding with my new drain snake I finally achieved a break through.    Then it was just a case of cleaning the bathroom and putting it all back together. We’ve now bought some more acid and 5 litres of vinegar to start treating the toilets far more regularly; we figure our use of the holding tanks has meant less flushing. Do a Google search on calcification of marine toilets if you really need more information …… anyway , living the dream isn’t always so dreamy!

A word or two about Oreoi.  There isn’t much here, apart from a well organised harbour, countless restaurants, a couple of supermarkets and a fabulous hardware store!   In antiquity it was an important maritime city and in 1965 a large marble bull was discovered off the beach, recovered and put in the town square.  It is now housed in a rather tatty looking display case by the church; rather incongruous compared to its magnificent contents.

So after the best part of two days up to my neck in shit, I fancied a day of doing less. We went back into Istiaia to the Vodaphone shop, after helping another couple move their boat; a Charter Fleet arrives on Thursday and they were on their side of the quay. The afternoon I spent washing down the boat and ‘flushing’ the bilges through with fresh water before spending the evening catching up on my blogging; the Vodaphone visits to get our data-cards set up worked!  (The instruction books are in every conceivable language except English, French, Spanish,  Portugese or Italian, the only languages we’d stand a chance with!)

Tomorrow we are off further into the Northern part of the Gulf of Evia on our way towards Khalkis.

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