>> Monday, July 27, 2015 – Greek banking, Greek crisis, Greek holidays, Life on Symi in July, Symi Festival
|This might not look like a comfortable nest by northern European standards but she chose it herself and is sitting on a clutch of eggs in the shade of a holly oak. We put her food and water nearby for her and are awaiting developments with interest.|
|Early risers can enjoy the ephemeral flowers of the indigenous caper bushes.|
|A lone red balloon bobbing on the stones near the junction at the top of the Kali Strata. I wonder what stories it has to tell.|
|By the time I emerged, the Symi excursion boat had docked over by the bus stop and tour parties were already making their way around the harbour. The tour guides carry parasols so that they are easy to spot in the throng.|
|Not so long ago there used to be an EU flag in the middle, flanked by two Greek ones, but times have changed.|
|The noddy train, heading round the harbour on the 40 minute round trip to Nimborio.|
It is much quieter than usual for July as very few Greeks are able to take holidays this summer due to the banking restrictions. It doesn't matter how rich you are, in a cash based economy if you are restricted to withdrawals of 60 euros per account per day you can't withdraw enough money to cover holiday accommodation, ferry fares, meals and all the other things that a family needs on holiday.
Although the official Symi Festival has not happened for some years due to the economic crisis, a sort of alternative festival has sprung up, started by a committee of various enthusiastic locals plus the usual Sunday night film club in Chorio. Watch out for posters advertising various events around Symi including concerts, recitals, film shows and art exhibitions during your stay. Most events are free.
Have a good week.