What a hilarious experience! It’s going to get good. Here’s my story:
I always heard that Santorini had the option of riding a donkey like local greeks did back in the day. You know before motorcycles and other motorized vehicles took over the world? Anyways, I never actually considered it but once I was there I said: “Oh what the hell! Let’s just go.”
I was convinced it was going to be a fun experience, so riding a donkey it is! We asked for directions and the souvenir store lady told us: “Keep walking ahead, you’ll start to smell them!”
Smell them? I didn’t understand at first. “Thank you so much!” I replied. We kept walking and out of the sudden we start to smell this disgusting (yet so weird) smell. “Omg please don’t tell me that’s how the Donkey’s smell?” I thought.
Of course they smelled disgusting. There are at least 60 donkeys just waiting in line eating and pooping everywhere… It was funny! “Let’s just do it. We are in Santorini! You can’t go to Santorini and not ride the famous donkeys!”
I finally convinced her. She was not happy. But she was laughing too? So it was quite difficult to understand my mom’s true emotions towards this activity I was making her do.
The guides didn’t speak english, and if they did they barely knew how to get by. In conclusion, we couldn’t communicate. At all. Zero.
I tried to explain that my mom had surgery in her leg a couple of years ago and that she needed assistance to mount the donkey. He nodded and helped her get on the donkey. Ok this is the part they don’t tell you…
The donkey goes up and down the stairs! There are like hundreds of stairs and it takes forever to get to the pier. Riding a donkey is not like riding a horse, the donkey had the most uncomfortable walk that makes your butt go up and down. It’s fine the first three minutes… until everything starts to hurt. Haha
Of course, i was just laughing and I was sure this was a good story to tell someday. We continued riding and out of the sudden we see a donkey go nuts! He went CRAZY and started to RUN the stairs up with a girl on top! The crazy donkey made all other donkeys go somewhat crazy too.
At this point I was pretty sure I was going to fall and break my head or something like that. This animal was out of control and no one could get them to stop. No wonder nobody rides them.
Soon everything calmed down (I guess), I was still scared but I my face was smiling so all good I guess. Twenty minutes later, it was finally time to de-mount the donkey. I grew up riding horses all my life, so I dismounted and waited for my mom.
Remember when I told you my mom had surgery couple of years ago? Well, since then she hasn’t ridden a horse ever again. I would say “she was rusty in the technique for demounting a four-legged animal”.
She fell. And hit her leg and back…. OMG.
I felt terrible.
It was all my fault.
I made her do it.
She was in pain lying on the floor. (Just imagine several donkeys in the backdrop and some of them walking towards us) Now that I am telling the story, I found this hilarious but at the moment it was a “Oh Shit!” Situation we didn't want to deal with while on holiday.
Thankfully my mom took a medicine she brought with her and she was OK a couple of hours later. She was pissed at me (for making her do it) and at the situation that she didn’t speak to me during a whole hour. Haha
But all good! If you have all time to do it, you should. It's a fun experience and it will most probably be a funny story to tell someday (Like mine was!).
PS - Expect to stink throughout the rest of the day. Ew.
Until next trip,