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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 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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Walking in the Pedi Valley

Walking in the Pedi Valley

Before we set off for part two (photos) or a walk through the Pedi valley in May, here is some news on the Symi International Film Festival that I meant to share with you last week. The Symi Gallery who organise the film festival, have told me:

“At 11.30 today (17/5) we received our 100th submission for this year’s festival. This one was from Nepal. We have received submissions from 28 countries. 31 of the films entered are from Greek filmmakers.

The total running time of all submissions stands at 41 hours.

The early bird deadline is 31 May (lowest fees), normal deadline 30 June and the final deadline (highest fees) is 15 July.”

It looks like there is going to be a great Symi film festival later this year (dates to be announced in due course).

Now lets’ get back to our wandering with some more of Neil’s photos taken last weekend when we took a Sunday walk with some friends through one of the more rural parts of Symi. I think he is planning to do this on a semi-regular basis.

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