This morning, we got up, showered (including intermittent water), brushed teeth again with tap water. Note: Must get some bottled water.
We then went to small shop round the corner, where a Dutch man was talking to a Greek woman. Both speaking perfect English, but with their respective accents.
Water, milk, croissants, and that’s breakfast owned (we bought our own teabags from the UK. They don’t weigh anything, so why not).
Then we wrote a proper list of what is missing/needed for our self-catering place. After boiling water in a milk pan, we decide a kettle would be a wise investment if we don’t want every hot drink to take about a month to make.
On the way here, we saw a few supermarkets, so went to the largest one within walking distance. A place called Diellas.
Quite a lot of stuff seems to have multiple languages on. Last time I was here, there was a mildly amusing moment when I was attempting to buy sugar. I picked up a bag of what I thought was *definitely* sugar, and it wasn’t until I walked past the tea/coffee section that I realised it was bath salts I had in my hand.
No such problems in 2012. You can tell from logos/packaging design what a lot of stuff is. Some products like Persil (“Skip”) use different names but the entire packaging/colouring is identical to the UK.
Where the writing is in Greek, they often have other languages, and some Spanish/German I know/can recognise, if English isn’t available.
The only confusing one was cheese. Apart from the ones like Edam, Mozzarella, some have just Greek writing on, and no idea what they are or where they’re from.
The drinks section is full of Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, etc. In some vain attempt to not buy the same as the UK, I bought some fruit juices with greek writing on instead. Very nice it was, too.
We also bought a small kettle. €14 but worth it. Or it would be but we got it back to find it won’t plug in. It has 3 pins and the sockets in our apartment only have 2. Odd.
A quick google search suggests 3 pins is either an old Greek design or an Italian configuration. A Corfu guidebook suggests Corfu has both 2 and 3 pin plugs.
This is going to be interesting when we try and get a refund/exchange of this, later.
Refund done. It seems the shop selling the kettle normally has adapters for 2-3 and back, but has ran out.
That’s what I pieced together anyway. My girlfriend pointed at the plug end, and they went off looking for something, chatted among themselves for a few minutes, then got her to write her name on a piece of paper, before giving us our money back.
A nice walk around the Gouvia marina followed. See a couple of posts back for a nice picture of that.