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



It’s good to see the Symi music school appeal total has doubled since yesterday. You know, we have between 800 and 1,000 readers visit this blog every day. If everyone donated £10.00, we could raise half the money needed (more or less) between us. Now that would be a wonderful thing. Apparently, there will also be money forthcoming from the authorities, but I’m not sure if that’s on top of the 20k being raised in the appeal.

Perhaps some of the visitors on this ship that came in yesterday might like to help out?

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There are other things I could think of doing during a pandemic than holidaying in a confined space, but perhaps the passengers will spend some money on the island while they are here. As you can see from the other photo, there are few other boats at this end of the harbour. On a cheerier note, it was nice to distantly meet a couple the other day who had come to Symi because they found the blog while trying to decide which island to visit. I know the blog is only me chatting about what I do, and sometimes isn’t even that, but it’s good to see it’s still being looked at and has an effect in a small way. I’ll leave you with a kalo mina, wishing you a good month ahead. I can’t believe it’s October already.

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Save the Symi Music School

Save the Symi Music School

Regular visitors to Symi spend time sitting in the square watching the world go by. It’s a popular thing to do, and a lovely way to relax and pass the time. As you’ve been sitting there, you may have noticed young people passing by with strangely shaped cases on their backs, or a rucksack, and you might have wondered what was inside. Well, in some cases, the children are carrying guitars or a bouzouki, perhaps a violin, and in their other bags, they have their music and theory books. Obviously, the pianists don’t carry their instruments around, as a piano layer myself, I’ve tried it, and it never ends well. Anyway…

You may remember, the other day, I mentioned the Symi Music School and its current financial appeal. Well, today, I have the link to the site where you can donate. Simply put, we need to raise £20,000 to save the school. Also simply put, without it, the children of Symi won’t learn music as, I believe, it is not much taught in the schools.

Crowdfunding to Help fund Symi Music School on JustGiving' - www_justgiving_com

I remember, when the current pandemic broke out, many people went on Facebook saying they wouldn’t be coming to Symi this year, and they were supporting the island by lessening the risk of bringing C19 to what is still a bug-free island. Obviously, the businesses have missed out on masses of custom this season, so if you still want to help the island, donating to its music school is one way of doing so from afar. Think about what you saved by not coming, and think about how much you usually spend on just one evening out on Symi. Why not send over that amount? You can do it via the page linked in this post. The money will replace that usually provided by the parents of the children who can’t pay this year because they have businesses that haven’t made money because of the lack of tourism. Where a couple of tourists might have spent €50.00 on one night out (some on an afternoon watching the world go by at a bar), the same couple can now send the same amount directly to the education of the children they might have seen passing on their way to a music lesson. It makes sense to me, and I’ll be sending a personal donation plus a percentage of my Symi book sales.

The donation site tells you all you need to now in Greek and English, and some of the pupils have made a short video which you will also find there.

2Crowdfunding to Help fund Symi Music School on JustGiving' - www_justgiving_com

Imagine, when the Symi Festival can restart, you may even find yourself here, listening to one of these upcoming musicians on stage and know you helped put them there.

You can find the page by clicking here. The young musicians of Symi will thank you.

Monday morning

Monday morning

Monday morning, 28 degrees in the courtyard, just right for sitting outside reading a book, so I spent the morning inside writing one instead. For some reason, I was awake at three, and after reading the news and gasping in horror, as usual, I decided to get to work early. This enabled me to take a short walk up a long hill and back, hence the photos today. The view is just before sunrise, around seven in the morning.

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