A Clear Breezy Autumn Day on Symi

It is a clear breezy autumn day on Symi and the long range forecast remains warm and dry with only the occasional passing cloud. The vapour trails are back. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to high twenties for the next week or so.  Usually by this time the Pedi valley is humming with rotavators but this year there has been no rain and the ground is far too hard to work until this happens.

Symi is very quiet now and many summer houses are well and truly shut up for the winter with storm shutters and plastic sheeting to protect doors and windows from the lashing rain and hail that will inevitably arrive at some point in the next 6 months.  I walk to work a little later now and apart from children heading for school I see very few people.  The high price of fuel means fewer cars on the road, and more children being taken to school on motorbikes and scooters or toiling up the Kali Strata on foot.

No cruise ships passed through Symi this week and Yialos is emptying rapidly.  The few yachts visible in the photos have pulled out in the course of this morning. The Proteus and the DodecaneseExpress have come in with day trippers, mainly Russian, which suggests that Rhodes still has some tourists.

Dodecanese Seaways’ schedule for the rest of October is very limited and there are days in the week where they skip out Symi altogether. Fortunately the Proteus continues until the end of the month and there is the Blue Star Diagoras on Wednesday.

A General Strike has been called for 18 October but at this stage it is too soon to tell what may or may not be affected.  I will try to put up more information about this on Monday if it is relevant.  You can also check out www.livingingreece.gr for regular updates.  

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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