>> Friday, April 4, 2014 – Blue Star Ferries, Dodecanese Seaways, ferries, preparations for the tourist season, strikes, Symi weather in April
|A spontaneous garden of yellow corona daisies. By the time the owner returns to open up the house they will have been eaten by donkeys and the stumps browned to dust in the heat but right now they are glorious.|
|The annual whitewashing of the steps has begun.|
|The same steps but looking up.|
|Time to unpack stock, wash down chairs and tables and paint anything that needs it.|
|The plastic drop cloths are disappearing as the weather warms up and dries off.|
|The taverna and cafes on the right are all set for the season. The tourist shops on the left are still procrastinating a bit.|
|Meanwhile in the Pedi Valley the cyclamens are fading away. We haven't had rain for several weeks, the days are warming up and the humidity is dropping. They will soon be gone completely, pale pink ghosts vanishing until the rains resume in November.|
Dodecanese Pride was very full when it came in from Rhodes this morning - the first boat across since Tuesday night. Many of the passengers were foreigners who own houses on the island and have come over to enjoy the delights of Greek Easter and prepare their houses for the season ahead. The Blue Star did not come through midweek due to a strike but made up for it by only be one and a half hours late coming through Symi this morning. As the boats that come from Piraeus stop at many other islands along the way, they can quickly accumulate delays. It only takes one or two trucks that have difficulty embarking or disembarking or a particularly busy stop with lots of passengers and vehicles, such as Kos, to throw the schedule out.
The weather is expected to break this weekend, with strong winds forecast for Sunday, followed by thunderstorms and rain for Monday and Tuesday. It will remain fairly windy for the rest of next week.
There is a general strike scheduled for Wednesday 9 April. At this stage there is no mention of air traffic controllers being involved but there may be some ferry disruptions again and if you are coming through Athens there may be problems with public transport. Andy on our travel blog is keeping a close watch on the situation as he is travelling to Symi himself that day so please add his blog to your feed.
Have a good weekend.