White Christmas for Symi?

It is a mild drizzly day on Symi and a large area of low pressure is hanging over Greece. The hydrofoil could not run yesterday due to strong winds but the sea is calm and glassy this morning. This is not set to last, however, if the weather boffins are to be believed. Wintry weather is normal around the solstice but looking at the long range forecast, the Greek meteological service is forecasting strong northerly winds, plummeting temperatures and countrywide snow and ice for Greece next week, with conditions at their worst on Wednesday and Thursday. The cold weather is expected to start from Sunday as the wind moves round to the north. Time to hunker down, stoke up the wood fire and fill the house with the aromas of Christmas baking. Who knows? Perhaps it will be a white Christmas for Symi? The shepherds in the Pedi valley have lots of new lambs to worry about. It is not unusual during cold winter weather on Symi for the new lambs to be kept warm by the fire in household kitchens – a biblical touch appropriate to the season.
With the inclement weather there are very few people around and the streets are quiet. The inhabitants of Symi are either in Rhodes doing their Christmas shopping or tucked up snugly in their homes. As I was walking down the Kali Strata to the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning the sounds of Christmas carols on Greek breakfast television drifted out through many closed shutters. The municipality is busy putting up more Christmas decorations including a small tree tethered to a lamppost at the bus terminus in Chorio and a row of similar small artificial Christmas trees along the water front outside Pachos. Some of these will be visible from the Symi Visitor webcams at night. The balconies of many of the neo-classical houses are also decorated with models or illuminated silhouettes of caiques and sailing boats, a traditional tribute to Symi’s sea-faring past.
Have a good weekend.


Mike Gadd  – (Saturday, December 20, 2008)  

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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.

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