Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

A post about post

A post about post

We were on the balcony in time to see the Wednesday Blue Star pull in on its way down from Piraeus. Not a lot of activity going on there, which is to be expected, though the Friday ferry last week was quite busy. I have to drop down to Yialos later this morning to check the post office, and that made me wonder how the postal service was doing. I’ve seen some posts (oops, pun) in various places suggesting that it might be taking longer than usual these days, and I’ve got a couple of things on order that will be a test. A small package from Germany via eBay is one, and that should be here by now as it’s been two weeks. I’m also waiting for two books from Amazon UK, and one rare book from America.

May 26th_04

Mind you, delivery times have always varied. At some times during the year, you can expect a package (a book, for example) to arrive here from the UK within two weeks or ten days, but that’s when there are more flights and in the summer. In the winter, it’s also possible for the post to take only a few days, but that’s more pot luck as the actual delivery to the island can take time depending on weather and boats. When we moved into this house, we ordered new furniture from Ikea on the mainland, and that was put on the boat within ten days. It then took another two weeks to arrive from Piraeus because the boat kept sailing right past due to high winds and a swell. We watched it on Marine Traffic going up and down the line but never managing to pull in. It did, finally, and Lefteris brought it up to the Olive Tree, and we carried it home from there. A three-seater sofa, a two-seater, two wardrobes, two bedside cabinets, and a couple of other things in large flat-pack boxes. That done, arms aching and dripping with sweat even though it was winter, we were just flopping into a newly constructed sofa when we had a phone call from Michaels Delivery (as he’s called on my phone) telling us a new fridge freezer was waiting for us at the Olive Tree, and we had to drag that up to the house too. It’s not far from there to here, but doing it with no feeling in your arms and legs was an effort.

May 26th_02

But I am reminiscing. This morning, Wednesday, after I’ve had a slice of toast, I’m off down the hill to see if anything has arrived before trudging back up to do the shopping on the way home. After lunch, when Neil goes to work, I have a chapter to write of another new Clearwater story which is going rather well, though I say so myself. Any day now I am expecting book six of the series to come back from my proofreader, and then I’ll have to do the layout for that and get it up there for my readers. You can keep an eye on what’s happening through my penname site. which I update now and then, and where I run a newsletter you can subscribe to. Again, I only send out a newsletter every now and then, so no-one gets bombarded with info. Right! Off to the kitchen and then the harbour to see what’s what and hopefully take some photos. The shots today are from the balcony. Again.

May 26th_07

A welcome sight

A welcome sight

Seeing visitors from Rhodes (I assume) getting off the Spanos boat from Rhodes yesterday morning, and then later, seeing people in the square at the bars, including Neil who had a reasonably busy shift. Locals only, of course, but in time, those with holiday homes may start to trickle back and stay awhile. Yes, the islands are open to residents of other islands, but as far as I know, there are no plans for holiday flights yet, particularly not from the UK or USA. Sorry. Fingers crossed and all that.

It’s also warmed up again but not to the high 30s as last week, but at least the north wind has dropped. So, a few photos for you taken from the balcony. The one with the cable running through it is meant to show you the white water of last week, but it’s not a good impression.

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Able to get here? Good for you, dangerous for us.

Able to get here? Good for you, dangerous for us.

I’m writing this yesterday as I usually do because my head is never quite in the right place first thing in the morning. Today (Monday) is the day most places can reopen, and that means up here in the village, the Rainbow, Lefteris, The Sunrise and, I assume, other cafes and bars will be opening their doors… well, their outside seating. As far as I know, it’s outside seating only and with distancing, and the rules can be revoked or changed at any time, so ‘don’t go silly’, is the message. It will still be a while before we see any visitors and when we do, it will only be from other islands or the mainland, at least to start with.

April 29th_06

Now then, we’ve had a few enthusiastic messages from people saying things along the lines of, ‘Yay! We can come to Symi now,’ and adding a smiling emoji along the way. Well, possibly, yes, you might be able to, but how is another matter, and when another one also. Yes, it’s good that places can open up again, and Symi is, as we know, a very welcoming place. However, please remember that we have been isolated here, as have many smaller islands. Although you might feel safe coming from a highly infected country like the yUK, you’re going to a practically non-infected country and certainly a non-infected island, such as Symi. Good news for you, worrying news for us. So, even if you can get here, find an open hotel, don’t have to quarantine for the two weeks of your holiday, have health insurance that will cover you, and are a huge Symi fan with lots of friends here, please remember that you’re coming to a place where there’s been no, or very little chance to build immunity. We’re even thinking that if close friends or family want to/can get here this year, maybe they should stay in their own accommodation rather than our house.

May 13th_08

I maybe blathering from my own point of view and off the top of my head, but that’s what I do. Hey, don’t get me started on what’s now happening in the yUK with that unelected bureaucrat who did what ‘any father would do’ and put the lives of many at risk for the convenience of the few. No wonder the yUK isn’t on Greece’s list of countries from which travel to Greece is allowed. Sheesh!

May 13th_03