We arrived safely in Chora Sfakion at about 6.30pm after a smooth journey from Reading. As in 2007, we’re staying at Nikos and Georgia’s harbour front taverna, the “Hotel Livikon”. The rate of 24 euros B&B remains a bargain even if the exchange rate is awful at present.

Less of a bargain is the cost to students of flights  booked through the university’s approved travel company – some £80 per person more than in 2007 when we were permitted to book direct with Monarch Airlines.  The logistical benefits of involving an expensive third-party appear unclear (or should I say ‘appear non-existent’) and the university should really review and justify its policy on these matters.

That said, the field trip still promises to be good value for money.