An icy blast

It is a wild and windy day on Symi. Apart from a few muffled figures hunkered down behind the plastic drop-cloths of the coffee shops there is not a soul to be seen. This was one weather forecast that proved to be hundred percent accurate as the clear mild conditions of Christmas changed to an icy blast on Boxing Day and all shipping has ground to a halt. It is 5 degrees centigrade on Symi today, with a wind chill factor around minus 7. The photograph shows the white caps rolling past Pedi early this morning. This particularly wind direction always hits Yialos hard but by passes Pedi. Fortunately conditions are expected to improve in the course of the day and shipping should be back to normal by tomorrow. We are still waiting to find out what is happening with the ferry schedule for January but at least it looks as though the weather will be reasonable…

Agios Vassilis (St Basil) traditionally delivers presents on his name day, 1 January, so there are still a few shopping days left for gift buying in Greece. These days Agios Vassilis is dressed in a Santa Claus suit, so we have one saint disguised as another, but as Santa Claus owes his red and white ensemble to the Coca Cola company anyway, who is to say where tradition really starts. The British didn’t have Christmas trees until Prince Albert married Victoria and the ‘traditional’ Christmas turkey is a post World War II American import. Who knows what new traditions the 21st century will bring to the celebration of Christmas?

Have a good week.


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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