The Tides of Global Affairs


A Symi Dog and a Winter Sky.



Puddles and Petals



The small island of Symi is once again affected by the tides of global affairs. Regular readers of this page will be aware of the vagaries of Symi’s ferry service in the winter and also that the Proteus, our ANES lifeline, is out of commission until 14 March for its annual overhaul, leaving us dependent on occasional visits from the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran at weekends and the once weekly ANEK Lines boat from Pireaus. Well, ANEK is the ferry company of Crete and our weekly ‘big boat’ has now been commandeered into service for helping evacuate foreign nationals from Libya. So right now it is easier to catch a Greek boat from Benghazi to Crete than it is to catch one from Rhodes to Symi. Kathimerini, the Greek daily paper, is reporting that the Libyan crisis is proving to be a welcome shot in the arm for Greece’s struggling coastal shipping industry which stands to make 20 million euros out of the evacuation. That is all very well but as things stand at present the next scheduled boat from Rhodes to Symi is the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran at 08.30 a.m on Friday 4 March and after the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran from Symi to Rhodes this evening, it is not possible to leave Symi again until Friday evening. This means, among other things, no post at all this week and probably none next week either as the Greek postal service doesn’t use the Dodecanese Seaways catamarans for mail bag transfers.  For further developments, please monitor our travel blog, Getting to Symi

On a more cheerful note, marooned as we are in our little corner of the Aegean, the sun is shining once more and it looks as though we will have a few clear days this week. The wind is from the north so temperatures are low but the sun is out and the puddles are starting to dry off. It is Carnival Week in Greece and the children have hectic social calendars with fancy dress parties at school and privately. Plans are being made for next week’s Clean Monday picnics. Exotic delicacies from Rhodes might be a bit thin on the ground but as long as there are kites to fly the children will be happy.

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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