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.

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Symi News

Symi News

Starting the week with some news items (thank you to Jean for bringing them to my attention).

New Laundry.
Miltos has opened a new Laundrette on the site of the old public toilets in the very narrow street at the side of Sarantis Stationery Shop. The Laundrette is open from 8.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. (Sarantis’ shop is in the lane parallel to the harbour front where you find St John’s church, Meraklis taverna etc.)

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My #1 reviewers taking some time off

The new quay
The Captain of the Blue Star “Patmos” wants to start using the new quay, but we’re not sure exactly when this will happen. I understand that it will happen sometime next month, so when buying tickets for the Blue Star double check where it’s going to dock. This would explain why there is a hive of activity to get the Petalo Restaurant & Bar open quickly.

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New cake shop
Also, a local girl from the village, Irene Zanni, has been training to be a pastry chef in Rhodes and has now come home to Symi and rented the old bakery with the wood-fired oven. That’s in the corner next door to Artemis Boutique (in the same street as Symi Flower & Hatzipetros supermarket). She is hoping to open her cake shop next month.

Thanks again to Jean for those useful pieces of info. If anyone else has any new, just drop me a line and let me know.

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Symi Saturday Photos – Yialos

Symi Saturday Photos – Yialos

It’s been a productive week up here at the desk. I’ve booked my tickets to Athens on 8th June and found and booked a place to stay in the centre of town. I’ve also arranged my travel for a visit to London in July. I’m taking the chance to see an old school friend for the first time in 37 years. He now lives in New Zealand but is in England for a couple of weeks, and this could be our only opportunity. I’ve also booked into a hotel in my hometown down on the marsh and am arranging to meet some other old mates, see my brother and nephew. On top of that, I’ve begun arrangements for a pension scheme I can now make use of, finished a novel (pen name), kept the courtyard plants alive another week and had a day off – which I’m now regretting as the next day had to be a day off as well. So, all in all, a few achievements, and now here are some photos from Thursday in Yialos. Have a good weekend.

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Still Walking

Still Walking

We’re still walking through the valley today, in photos, and I’ll put the rest up for tomorrow and the weekend.

I heard from a couple of people that when they went to see the blog the other day, they didn’t see any photos. They appeared later. They were there, honest! We’ve been having issues with our internet connection on our side of the village, and I don’t think it’s just us. We’re meant to have 12 Mbs, but during the day, notably around lunchtime, that drops to below 1 Mb, and sometimes the connection drops out completely. I don’t think it’s just us and I can only assume that the equipment on Symi isn’t up to date enough to cope with the traffic, especially around the time school finishes and youngsters get back to their all-important social media in case they missed any classroom gossip during the day. Whatever the reason, if this carries on, a firm phone call to the internet provider may be called for. If anyone knows the reason for this up and down service, which has been going on since around January, please let me know so I can tell others.

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