Arriving at the small town of Vonitsa gives you the feeling of coming to an older Greece, there are no hordes of tourists here, except for a few sailors who dock their boats for free in the local marina. The town consists of local people who live and work throughout the year. Which gives you a more homely introduction to Greece than to the seasonally transient and faceless holiday resorts. Even if the town is provincial and small, it has all the conveniences you need, pharmacies, supermarkets and so on, and in a typical Greek style, they have plenty of tavernas (restaurants), where you can sit and eat grilled sardines and watch the fishermen go out under the light of the moon with their great-grandfathers' wooden fishing boats. The light from the fishing boats at night form a necklace of glaring pearls on the water. A sight which must have been witnessed for centuries.
The volunteer house is divided into two parts, one apartment where the biologists live and where the kitchen is, and one spacious and large room where the volunteers live and where the research data is inputted. The volunteer room has plenty of areas to throw a cat around, and as we were a family travelling, they had provided this whole room for ourselves - which was a needed luxury. The next day we had an early morning rise. With our dry bags, videos, cameras and monopods over our shoulders, we walked to the marina where the boat was moored and headed out to the middle of the Ambracian Gulf, to get to meet the bottlenose dolphins.