December on Symi.

The rains have arrived on Symi with a vengeance, this morning the black clouds gathered over the mountains and the heavens opened. It never fails to fascinate me how quickly the water gathers in torrents and cascades down the passageways to the Kali Strata and beyond. I managed to make my way to the bus stop in time to catch the 10.30 from Chorio, once onboard I noticed the heat within the bus sending steam off the backs of the drenched passengers, the wet umbrellas were left in various stages of half open and closed and placed in the aisle, the excess water gathering in pools. By the time I had reached the harbour in Yialos the rains had stopped and the winter sun was breaking through the clouds. People were now going about their business, the bakery; banks and the Post office seemed the most popular venues.

A new project which has just taken place in Chorio is the “Handmade in Symi” exhibition, the brainchild of Ian Haycoxs. The opening reception was on the 18th December and it houses various pieces by local residents and pupils of Ian’s art classes. The turnout at the exhibition was exceptional and it says a lot about the community spirit on Symi.

Guest post by Ged Horton

Richard  – (Friday, December 23, 2011)  

Well done, Ged. I'm glad you are keeping us in touch while Adriana is away.

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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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