The Halcyon Days


The fine weather enjoyed over the weekend is lingering on into the week. Despite climate change the halcyon days are still with us. Small fishing boats are pottering across the water, laying baskets and retrieving nets. It is pleasantly warm in the sun, about 14 degrees or more if one can find a spot out of the breeze. On the shady side of the harbour, however, it is a chilly 5 degrees and condensation drips off the stones.

The island is slowly filling up as people start to come back from their holidays. The Albanians, Bulgarians, Russians, Ukrainians et al who form the invisible backbone of the island’s labour force are returning from their much appreciated home visits. The school teachers are also making their way back for the new term. Many of them come from other parts of Greece and are here on contract so they also take the opportunity to see their families.

On the ferry boat front, the most significant change at present is that it is now possible to do a vehicle day return on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays. The Proteus comes over from Rhodes on Monday afternoon, stays the night here and leaves Symi early on Tuesday morning. She calls in at Rhodes and then carries on through to Kastellorizo where she stays briefly before making the return trip to Rhodes and finally Symi. This gives a whole extended day in Rhodes which is very useful, particularly as, on her return, she stays in Symi overnight and then goes back to Rhodes the next morning, so all vehicle and freight capacity is available for Symi.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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