A Warm Sunny Day

It is a warm sunny day on Symi. The water taxis are out at the beaches. The clink of glasses and the murmur of Greek conversation rises up from Pachos Cafeneion. Down in the lane Dino is mending fishing nets. A few sleek power yachts of modest dimensions are berthed on the north side of Symi harbour. When it comes to glamorous mega yachts Symi has been very quiet this season with very few boats of note passing through this summer in comparison to previous years. Visiting celebrities have also been thin on the ground on Symi this year. Were they really all victims of Bernie Madoff or have the rich and famous found a new playground outside the Mediterranean?


Meanwhile here in Greece the sense of déjà vu continues as the prime minister has announced snap elections on 4 October, 2 years since the last snap elections after the last fires… The only difference is that the promises made then concerning improved fire-fighting equipment, compensation to victims and restoration and reforestation of damaged areas have not been kept and the electorate is very skeptical indeed. In a country where voting is compulsory elections are taken very seriously and discussions about politics are not idle chitchat. The scandals associated with the present New Democracy government will be hard to weather.

Have a good weekend.

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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