>> Friday, January 30, 2015 – Greek elections 2015, icy weather on Symi, life on Symi in January, Symi architecture, winter ferries
|The Blue Star Diagoras in the rain on Wednesday morning.|
|I took this and the subsequent photographs in a brief sunny interval today, Friday 30 January 2015. The cat seemed to be weighing up his chances of jumping aboard the fishing boat and then thought better of it.|
|My apologies for the slight fuzziness. It was pouring with rain when I left home this morning so I brought my little Nikon compact rather than my 'proper' camera with me and its focus is a bit wobbly.|
|While the detail in the distance is not very sharp, you can still get an idea of the blinding brightness of the scene as the sun broke through the clouds. Yes, it is that cat again, inspecting nets on the right.|
|Fast-moving clouds as the wind is picking up. It is likely to be quite gusty tonight and there is already an element of uncertainty as to whether the Blue Star will be able to dock on her return leg this evening.|
|I think that cat is stalking me. That is the Mavrovouni area of Yialos in the background. It is the sunny side of the harbour and a good place to live at this time of the year.|
During the lulls between thunderstorms one hears various bangs and thumps around the island - the sound of people wrestling with rain-swollen doors and shutters. After they have been kicked open it can be very difficult to get them shut again, but if they are not shut then the rain comes in, so in the end one winds up living in gloom and artificial light. If you look at the houses in the photographs, you won't see any open shutters. Of course in certain parts of Chorio there are people with the illegal plastic or aluminium windows and shutters but the Ministry of Culture actually dictates that Symi houses should have traditional woodwork, in keeping with the island's protected architectural status. This is why Symi has so many highly-skilled carpenters.
We are often asked what the impact of the election has been on Symi. Well, so far it has been an increase in the number of accommodation bookings from outside the Eurozone as the exchange rate is now very favourable for anyone paying in pounds, dollars, kroner and the like. So if you are thinking of coming to Symi this summer, don't delay as we are filling up very quickly!
Have a warm, dry weekend!