Dragon's Breath

It is another sizzling hot summer’s day on Symi. The worst of the latest heatwave is over in that temperatures are just below 40 degrees rather than on their way to 50. The wind has shifted to the South West and it is very humid. Hazy clouds give the illusion that it should be cooler than it is.

The leaves are falling in fast rustling swirls, turned from crisp green to brown paper by the dragon’s breath that the Mediterranean summer has become. Fires are still burning around Greece and suburban Athens is once again under threat from encroaching flames. The full moon is vivid orange from the smoke particles in the air over Greece.

The nights are hot and still. In the early hours of the morning the distant roar of the power station on the Pedi road as it labours to feed the island’s air conditioners mingles with the restless tinkle of sheep bells and odd squawks as fretful poultry rearrange themselves on their roosts.

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.

Adriana Shum

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