Apocalyptic Weather and Post Election Quiet

Sunday morning - a sandstorm creeping up the Pedi Valley.

Sunday morning - the sandstorm at its worst.

Sunday morning, before the rain.

Monday morning, after heavy rain over night and before the rain resumed.  A very different picture.

At one point Yialos, Harani and Nimborio disappeared altogether.

This isn't a piece of avant garde art - this is what a black car looks like after 'red rain', the rain that accompanies sandstorms.

Raking leaves in Lieni.

Dry stone wall with a fern garden in Chorio.

The dry side of the Pedi valley is a most unfamiliar shade of green at the moment.

Look at that tail!

The new wellness centre, Ey Zhn, at the back of Yialos.

Wendy Wilcox from Symi Visitor Accommodation, Rachael Skerry Papakalodoukas from Ey Zhn and Frances Noble from Kalodoukas Holidays with the fish tank we all clubbed together and bought for Ey Zhn.
It is a wet and blustery day on Symi.  We have had all kinds of weather in the last few days, everything from gale force winds and sand storms to torrential rain and thunderstorms and it looks as though there is going to be more unsettled weather ahead this week. Friday's gales resulted in the Blue Star being 11 hours late and only actually leaving Rhodes at 6 a.m. on Saturday instead of 7 p.m. on Friday evening, which threw out its program for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday saw the opening of the new wellness centre, Ey Zhn, at the back of Yialos. This will be a venue for yoga, reflexology and all sorts of other treatments, therapies and activities.

The island was very quiet this morning, after the post election celebrations, but is slowly coming back to life now.  The schools are closed for the moment because they were used as polling stations yesterday so there wasn't the usual early morning rush hour of parents walking small children to school or giving them lifts on motorbikes either.  The kafeneions are buzzing today with everyone discussing the election results and the internet has slowed to snail's pace as everyone is on line, monitoring developments. As the euro has taken a dive, now would be an excellent opportunity to anyone from outside the Eurozone to book that long-desired Symi holiday!

Have a good week.


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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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