Summerdays in Ios

As you may already know, Kyle and I lived in Ios over the European summer, experiencing a life that seemed almost too good to be true! The Lost boys bar family decided to invite us to come live and work for them for the entire summer, after we met them during our time in Ios the previous year. By day we were adventuring and exploring new parts of the island, Β and by night we were working with a bunch of great friends in one of the busiest bars on the island. Β And should I say the best! If I wasn’t working there every night I would have been in drinking and hanging out with the crew. I reckon I will look back at this stage of my life when I’m older and think how insanely lucky I was to live so free and careless in such a remote and beautiful part of the world.

This island is something special. Everyone seems to have this impression that you only really come to party. But boy is everyone so wrong. Trust me, it is soooo much more than just nights out and beach parties. Don’t get me wrong they are fun too, just try not get stuck between Chora and Mylopotas beach for your entire stay. Get out and explore! During the summer I rarely even partied, mostly saving my energy to explore every part of the island that I possibly could. The owners of Lost Boys, our dear friends Reece & Caz (love you guys), had the same spirit as Kyle and I about spending our days riding around the island and finding the best cliff jump and swim spots. They know the island more than most, and were the first to ever capture the beauty of Neverbay. Hence the name πŸ™‚ We would get a big group together and drive out there regularly spending hours on end cliff jumping, swimming through caves and taking photos. It was a fantasy world.

Not only does Ios have some amazing areas to explore, the food is the best in the Cyclades. I’m not just being biased, the restaurants here are phenomenal! Our favourite places to eat were Harmony (happy hour & falafel salad!), Katogi (try the pasta parcels. Tapas style so try go with a group), Lord Byron (huge portions and fresh ingredients, Sallys (rooftop dinner, great for veggie and vegan), Thai smile (best Thai food), Unique (mountain top restaurant with an amazing view. Go for sunset), Thai me up (good for brekkys, avo toast and smoothies). If we weren’t at Lost Boys, we were at Harmony. I can’t imagine a summer without our daily afternoon Harmony sessions. Jumping off the rocks, falling asleep on the bean bags, or playing back gammon was a staff trend. So thank you to Harmony and Harmony crew for providing some of the best times of the summer.

Lastly I just want to say a HUGE thank you to the Lost Boys Family, especially Reece and Caz, for taking us in and welcoming us with open arms. You couldn’t have made us feel more at home from the minute we stepped foot on the island! I had the time of my life!!! Heres to all the laughs, tears, drunken nights, strawpedos, dabs, popcorn overloads, beer pong, listening to chameleon and house every weekend on repeat, dress ups, fisk shots, double vodka red bull pleeeasse, taking our tops off to banquet by block party, HOSH, Thai smile take away, shut the box, Sensodyne being sensitive, Reeces OCD with the lights & excellent dance moves, Timmys goofy laugh, Klaras short shorts and way with boys, Cazza looking smoking hot always, BFG drinking every person on the island under the table, Β Christine in her yellow lost boys singlet, Bosys all black get up and charming smile, Mitch’s nightly presence and Amaretto Sours, aaaaannndddd soo much more but I can’t go on forever. Love you guys. Family forever. LBB!

Also if you want to know the exact location of Neverbay, you will have to come into the bar and ask for yourself πŸ˜‰

 


 

The unthinkable happened during my last week in Ios. There is no explanation. Which still eats away at my brain to this day, but somehow my hard drive, yes that thing that I store all my images I’ve taken ever on, mysteriously disappeared from our place. The only explanation I have is that it was stolen, but with that nothing else from the house. So either I have gone completely crazy, or have stalker (very unlikely, and kind of a freaky thought) or someone has come into our house, heard us coming home, panicked, and grabbed the first thing they saw. My hard drive. That I had carelessly left on the kitchen bench the day earlier and from that moment never saw again. I try not to think about it now, but the positive outcome was that I still had most of my Ios photos and a few albums throughout Europe and this blog πŸ™‚ RIP to all my other treasured photos and memories, and heres to making new ones! I have left little anecdotes in the caption of most of these photos, sharing where it was taken and a small memory of the time it was taken.

And yes, please don’t ask “why didn’t you back them up” cause I have been asking myself that every day since.

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Our first ever Ios photo I posted.. This was taken at our first sunset for the summer at the amphitheatre overlooking the town.

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Swims in the Aegean. Our first Gopro dome shot we took! Couldnt believe how well it turned out! Fanks to Kyle, the best boyfriend everrrr, for nailing it.

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Kyle and I made the best decision ever purchasing our first ever Gopro with a dome! Can’t believe we were almost hesitant to give it a go! Although this isn’t actually Kyles hand, its Jackos haha,
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The epic view over Neverbay! One of our first couple of days in Ios when it was early season and there was still some greenery around. You won’t catch that mid summer!

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A photo we took for a campaign with Dior, sharing what we would do for love. Rooftop sunsets together is one of them!

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Only accessible by boat, these red walled caves are located in the bay across from Manganari. You can ask at Meltemi Watersports to take you there on a day trip I’m pretty sure.
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Beautiful Cazza looking all mermaidy as she does <3
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One of my fav days! The Lost Boys fam went on a boat trip around the island, exploring some beaches only accessible by boat. This was taken on Tripiti Beach.
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Cazza and Christine <3
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Water clarity at Tripiti Beach
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Another day we took a boat out with my mum around the island where she took this wonderful shot of us. Mum secretly a pro haha! Taken with our go pro πŸ™‚
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A shot we took at Neverbay for Gooseberry Swim.
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One of the most perfect days here in Ios, we were driving to Neverbay and couldnt resist pulling over and getting a shot overlooking Theodoti. It was rare to see it this pristine. September weather was the best! Hardly any wind πŸ™‚
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Taken for Gooseberry Swim we shot this right out the front of Harmony on a really still day
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Big Al jumping from huge heights at Neverbay. A jump Reece discovered from scaling the cliff like the crazy man he is.
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Fav swim spot! Just behind harmony, you have to climb down the rocks with a rope. The rock merging out in the middle is good for a small cliff jump πŸ™‚

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When Kyles besties from Aus came to visit and we showed them every spot possible on the island. Also probably gained about 3 kilos that week going out for most meals of the day haha!
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Floatopia! BYO floaty and alcohol
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Wandering the streets of Chora. So many cute streets lined with bright pink BougainvilleaΒ trees!
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One of the best sunset spots on the island. Top of Chora stands a number of small churches with almost 360 views of the island. This was taken early season with the flowers were still blooming!
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One of Ios’s many perks is that all hotels open their pools to the public. This shot was taken at one of our fav pool chill spots – Ios Palace!

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Reece doing one of a thousand backflips during the summer
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Crew! Loved spending days here with a group of the finest individuals
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Klara sending it for the lads <3

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Best tanning spot with a view. Taken at Tripiti beach

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This was taken when the Neverland boys were invited to stay at Cycladic Gem Villa for two nights during their stay in Ios. They invited Kyle and I along for a couple of blissful days. My favourite memory from Ios was actually one of the afternoons here. All our friends on the island got together for a sunset BBQ where we all cooked, drank, and chatted under the trees, and on possibly the greenest grass I’ve ever seen, until the sun went down. So many happy memories!
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The last photo we took. The morning of the day we left πŸ™ Taken at Agalia beach.

Heres a bunch of iPhone shots and selfies that I also love <3

 

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Girls <3 Taken at Unique
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HAHAHA the best part was he looked soooo pretty as a girl
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Girls being boys
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Boys being girls. Funniest night ever! Gender Bender party at Lost Boys
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My baby girl Klara
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Bosey!
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My birthday night with Bo, BFG and bubbles
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My beautiful friends Louise and Mary <3
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THE FAM


16 thoughts on “Summerdays in Ios

  1. Omg your hard drive!!! Did you invest in an online solution?? Now I’m nervous for our travels.. I read online people liked Carbonite? I think that’s what it’s called and it’s a backup service. We are bringing 2 drives for our videos and pictures on our SE Asia trip and kinda nervous about losing the drives or them breaking.. All those memories. So sorry to hear that Hayley

    1. Yeah it was pretty stressful! Going to organise a better storage solution when I get home and get the time! Carbonite? ill have to look it up! Thanks Steph, enjoy SE Asia xx

  2. I’ve noticed on your instagram, due to location, you have more warm and earthy tones. Absolutely love your feed and colors. Wanted to know if you still used your tropical presets for your most recent photos?

    1. Thanks Taylor! Definitely gone for the warmer tones these days πŸ™‚ loving the look. I still use them occasionally but now edit towards warm tones and split tones

    1. Hey Pauline!
      Yes Kyle is such a major help πŸ™‚ lucky to have such a great partner. Thanks for reading!

      Much love
      Hayls

      xx

  3. Wow love this. Hope to go somewhere this magical one day. I have a GoPro 5 and a dome I used once and love it but haven’t had a chance to use again. I’m going on contiki next year where we’ll be in Greece a couple days and I’m so excited to use it I was just wondering if you could help me by telling me what setting you use? Also do you use the RAW option but I thought you could only shoot raw in wide angle view but yours don’t seem to wide angle? Thanks xx absolutely loveee your work

  4. Hi Haylsa. Amazing pics and what a life you’re leading! I have a question. I’m releasing a single (digitally) and would love to use a picture of yours as its cover. Would that be something you/your photographer would consider? Please get in touch to have a chat. Best, Nikky

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