Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

A few bits and pieces

A few bits and pieces

Just catching up on my general chatter. We popped down to Yialos yesterday to collect some things from the post office, get some money from the bank and call into the surgery to check something out. The post office is around the back of Yialos, in the streets behind, should you ever need it. It’s behind the International Taverna, not far from Taxas supermarket, or you can find it from the left-hand side of the back of the town square, turning left at Christalo, the household shop.

From the south side looking across the harbour

From the south side looking across the harbour

There are two banks and about five cash machines on Symi now. Actually, I think it’s six as there’s one in Harani on the way to Nos beach. There’s another by the pharmacy on the south side of the harbour, one at Smartphone by Meraklis taverna, another just around the corner opposite Pandora and St John’s church, one at the National bank and one at Alpha bank – there may be more popping up that I’ve not noticed. At busy times, like last week, they can run out of cash, and yesterday the one I used was only giving out twenties (which I prefer), and then, only up to a certain amount. They do get refilled regularly, but at busy times, there’s not a lot they can do if demand is high and it’s not refill day. You can always withdraw money from any account by going into one of the two banks with your passport and details.

From the north side looking to the south

From the north side looking to the south

And as for the surgery, it runs on a ‘wait your turn’ system, so no appointment is necessary, but you must be prepared to wait your turn. I was lucky yesterday and only had to wait a couple of minutes. The doctors speak English if you need them to, and there are nurses there in support plus a receptionist. The surgery is, again, around the back, you might say. Beside St John’s church on the left, and it’s open in the morning and evening every day apart from Sundays – not sure about Saturday evening. There are also two pharmacies; one by the bridge and one on the south side towards the taxi rank.

From Tilos, looking towards Symi

From Tilos, looking towards Symi

I just thought I’d mention those places (with non-related photos to brighten the page) as that’s where I was yesterday, and it made a change from talking about bars and tavernas, walks and sunrises all the time.

From my balcony to Nos, with a long lens on the camera

From my balcony to Nos, with a long lens on the camera