On Friday 4 November, the first hurdle was the departure from Schiphol for most of the in total 16 strong group, because of the early hours. But everyone made it to the designated meeting point at five in the morning and the group happily (if not for some still sleepy) set off for Greece. Once arrived at the Athens airport it was with relief to see that everyone’s luggage had arrived as well. After collecting the two blue VW vans (our transportation for the coming days) and the missing three group members who had made their own travel arrangements to Athens, we set off for the long road trip to Volos where the first night was going to be spent. But not before stopping somewhere in a northern Athens suburb for a nice F-104, and getting our first tastes of Greek road traffic as we went along. The final event for the day was having dinner as a group, we found a not too shady restaurant with a clever businessman at the helm who piled the long table full with delicious dishes and got a bucket load of our money for it in return (but still a good deal by our standards!).