>> Monday, September 14, 2015 – Blue Star Ferries, Dodecanese Seaways, Solidarity Symi, weather on Symi in September, Weddings on Symi, Yialos
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office at 8 a.m. this morning.|
|Someone must be celebrating something as one of the yachts is 'dressed over all' with the entire contents of the flag locker.|
|8 a.m. and the day has not yet begun.|
|12 noon and the first customers of the day are settling in for lunch. This was taken before the Panagia Skiadeni came in at 12.30. so the lanes were still fairly quiet.|
|A sure sign of changing seasons - the first display of warm jackets and wind cheaters has hit the shops.|
|Symi Tours is the place to go for your ferry tickets and excursions. Then you can pop into the emporium next door for the ingredients for an interesting picnic.|
|The lanes of Yialos are worth browsing for all sorts of shops, cafes and tavernas - and if you are staying on the island for any length of time, a local SIM card for your telephone.|
|The spire of St John's church in Yialos, the dome of Lemonitissa on the left and, just visible behind St John's, the church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Kastro which was built within the ruins of the old castle of the Knights of St John.|
Our office has been busy as our houses are full and we also have many people popping in to say 'hello' and drop off donations for the refugees and the Symi Animal Welfare winter feeding scheme. There is a wedding this afternoon and then we have another big one at the end of next week. We know that today's wedding has perfect weather, although slightly warmer than planned, but we hope that the one on the 26th does not coincide with one of those 'odd downpours' mentioned in the previous paragraph.
There were only a few refugee arrivals at the weekend and they were processed promptly and have already left the island. The incident regarding the French Honorary Consul in Bodrum might have significantly reduced the number of boats available. No doubt someone else will step in to fill the demand in time for the next full moon as there is always someone to spot a gap in the market and exploit it. Good progress is being made with the decking in the garden of the coast guard building which will provide a clean dry surface for people to sleep. It is only a week to the equinox and the nights will soon be chilly for people sleeping out of doors. We still need more monetary donations to reach our target for the infrastructure improvements that need to be made to provide longer term facilities. There have been refugees arriving on Symi at intervals throughout the 22 years I have lived here and with Symi being one of the border islands, this situation is likely to continue to varying degrees for a very long time. The link for on line donations is http://www.everyclick.com/solidaritysymi/info
Have a good week.