The next few days will probably be taken up with photos of and chat about my recent trip to Athens, but if I hear of any interesting Symi news, I’ll pass that along too. I know the film festival is still running, but as I’ve only been back a day, haven’t had a chance to get to it. We went to Scena on Wednesday night for some mezethes, and very nice they were too, and well priced. Mother is safely housed at the Village Hotel who were kind enough to meet us from the ferry at five in the morning, saving a long, slow trek up a long slow hill in the ark. But, before all that…
Last Friday I went to have my teeth thoroughly cleaned and checked by Vasilis the dentist, or one of our dentists, and then, after a light lunch, came home to pack and be ready for my boat at 20.30. As this was the Friday ferry, it went via Tilos and Nisiros, the other Dodecanese islands and Fourni, which is next to Samos. On this trip, going either way, the boat calls into the ports during the night, making it sometimes a bit noisy, what with the vibrations and the announcements and people getting on and off. It’s always fun to watch the organised mayhem from the stern deck.
I woke around five to find the boat hammering through a swell. There had been a storm, and the sea had been left high and choppy. Lurching from cabin to the deck was a little like being drunk but without the expense, and I spent a good couple of hours out the back watching the waves and spray. I have to say, the Blue Star Patmos is very stable, and there wasn’t too much rocking, only the occasional fling across the passageway and sudden slam of bow into water, though some people were finding it tricky to move around the boat, bouncing from breakfast to barf time, you might say.
Another good thing about this route and ferry company is the free bus that is waiting for you at Piraeus. It saves a long walk to the main gates and the metro, which is where I was heading next. More about that next time.