Bright and Calm

The storm whizzed in on a cloud of heavy rain on Friday evening and blew itself out on Saturday night. The ferry schedule finally caught up with itself on Sunday morning, after the Proteus spent much of Saturday sheltering in the lee of Tilos. The storm was worse in Yialos than Pedi but neither provided much shelter for shipping. A Force 9 North Easter is one of the worst winds with Symi’s topography. Sunday morning dawned bright and calm and the only indication of the previous day’s upheavals was the naked state of the trees – in a few short hours the oaks and figs shed the last of their leaves.

The forecast for the rest of the week is mild with little wind, few clouds and no possibility of rain. The Halcyon Days continue where they left off.

Now that the holidays are over the island is a lot busier. My walk to work coincides with the early morning ‘rush hour’ of school children, mule trains, dustbin men and pickup trucks. There is a great deal of building work going on and even the Pedi valley is rattling with the sound of pile drivers and diggers. There are probably as many cement mixers on this island as there are washing machines! Perhaps this winter all the noisy construction work will be done before the first tourists arrive…

The Greek media is dominated by the rocket attack on the US Embassy in Athens early on Friday. On the state channels the coverage is quite business-like but on the commercial channels alarming music and dramatic sound effects are the order of the day. While the incident in itself is deplorable, it seems to be creating a welcome diversion from the latest overflowing landfill crisis in Athens and the uproar regarding reform in Greek education and is being milked as far as possible.

Have a good week.


Anonymous –   – (Tuesday, January 16, 2007)  

I have just found your site, and, do you know, Adriana, what a breath of fresh air and a wave of nostalgia your posts and photos are back here in the glum, grey, windy, wet and unseasonable January we're having here in the UK? (Well, Devon and all directions North, East and West at least!
I love Symi, having spent many lovely and adventuresome weeks here in the very early 80's, and again with my son in the 90's. Have, unfortunately, not been able to return since, but my appetite is whetted again by your posts, and when time and money is on my side, I will: meanwhile, this site gives me the feel that Symi is just a hop away. Many thanks!

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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.

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