November Postcards from Symi

A splash of colour outside the carpenter's shop at the bottom of the Kali Strata.  Just in case you are wondering about the fast food signs - the premises were a gyros bar many many years ago, long before I came to Symi and I have been here for 20 years.

This house in Chorio was completed and blessed in 1914 - a momentous date if you think about all the things that happened that year and in the century that followed.

Not all bougainvilleas are magenta or purple - this one on the Kali Strata is a splendid opulent crimson.

Oranges slowly ripening in a walled garden on the Kali Strata.  Symi oranges are very bitter so not much good for breakfast juice but they make excellent marmalade and the locals also candy the peels in sugar syrup.

Friday morning rush hour.  Note the heavy dew on the cars in the foreground.

Hello!  Where's everyone going?  A foal watches the train go by.

A cardiologist is offering free basic checkups at the Cultural Centre this weekend and Symi's seniors are taking advantage of the opportunity. The alternative is a day trip to Rhodes plus at least 50 euros to see the cardiologist.  Pensioners in Greece don't get travel discounts, bus passes, pensioners' discounts or free medicines like they do in many other countries and at the same time pensions have been cut repeatedly, making life very difficult for the elderly here.

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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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