Shining Full Time

After a few cloudy days the sun is once again shining full time on Symi. Assorted yachts are milling about in the harbour, waiting to berth. It is that quiet time when visitors staying on the island have departed on excursion boats and water taxis and the day boats from Rhodes have not arrived yet. There is a brief flurry of vehicle activity around Yialos as the traffic ban comes into effect at 11 o’clock and the boom isn’t lifted again until 2 p.m. As anyone who has spent any time in Greece is aware, time moves differently here. It alternates between an almost dreamy siga, siga (slowly, slowly) to sudden mad panics with shouts of ella, ella, grigora, grigora (come, come, quickly, quickly). The traffic restrictions around Symi harbour attempt to impose order on Greek time with variable results. Grigora, grigora soon becomes siga, siga again as those who left things too late and are caught on the wrong side of the boom chose to congeal in the shade of Pachos with a cold drink until traffic can circulate freely once more.
The Proteus is back in service and by all reports will be packed as a substantial back log of goods and freight has built up during the two weeks she was out of commission. According to our sources they were still trying to squeeze in another 20 or so vehicles 10 minutes before she was due to leave Rhodes.

Have a good weekend.



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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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