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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

Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

I am once again running down my stock of January/February photos, most of which were taken by Neil when out on a few walks. We’ve not been doing so much of that recently, mainly due to laziness and weather, but as soon as we’re back and we can get out first thing in the morning, then I am sure we’ll be working off the holiday’s excess pounds. I’d much rather go out straight away before I sit down to start writing because otherwise, I feel like I am interrupting my concentration. In fact, the wandering up and down the hills for an hour each day gives me time to plan the next chapter and let my mind reorganise itself. I also feel more awake, mentally and physically. The trouble is, getting out of bed in the cold and dark and then having to wait an hour or two before the sun comes up, by which time the inclination has gone. But enough of excuses… What else is going on?

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Well, I noticed in yesterday’s photos that the Panormitis Travel office is now situated beside the Dolphin Pizzeria. Work has begun on the road connecting the new harbour to the main road up the hill to the village. When you’re heading for the Blue Star boats, the café is now open, and the Blue Star ticket office is inside the café, which makes it much more comfortable for everyone. You can always book your tickets online, print off the reference number and then take that to collect your tickets from the office or the travel agents in town who deal with Blue Star. That’s what we just did, so now we have our passes to board the boat next Monday afternoon. They are in my folder along with confirmation of Aegean flights to London, tickets to see ‘Blythe Spirit’ one night and ‘Phantom’ the next, and all the hotel bookings, plus the tickets to see Tutankhamun on the way back.

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The middle part of our trip is taken care of for us. All we have to do is meet our tour guide from Great Rail at Heathrow on a certain date by a certain time, and that’s it. Obviously, we are watching the news carefully (and mildly selfishly) and hoping here are no travel restrictions imposed before or during or trip. I’ve seen some people already asking if it’s safe to come to Greece (yes) and showing concern for the summer holidays. Well, it’s a bit early for that, and as far as I see it, at the moment you’ve got more chance of catching ordinary flu, statistically speaking, and, as there is nothing we can do about it, we’re heading off on our trip as planned. As I said yesterday, we will cross any bridges when we come to them. Meanwhile, lots of vitamins to boost the immune system, being sensible, hoping for the best while preparing for the worst, but mainly, accepting whatever comes, we’re starting on our packing and checking of lists.

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