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

Symi Sunrise

Symi Sunrise

Off to Athens in a couple of days and I suddenly realised how much I have to do before Friday afternoon. Hence, a short blog today but with a few photos of the sunrise on Wednesday morning as seen from the road up and out of the village. The Blue Star was coming in as I set off, and seeing it reminded me that I will be getting off the same boat next week. On which note, thank you, Melanie and Paul, for the offer of a lift. I’m saved! But I am also running late, so here are the photos.

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Don’t Forget The Backstreets

Don’t Forget The Backstreets

A few more photos from Sunday’s walk today. Passing through the town square in Yialos, we came across what I call an ‘Art Car.’ It reminded me of half a Smart Car, but had been used for artistic purposes, to make a bench opposite the new bakery.

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This new bakery is on the town square, on the left-hand side as you look at the stage. In fact, from the restaurant on the corner, where the train station is (the table with ‘little train’ written on it), you pass a lovely craft and clothes shop, Michaelis and Katerina’s household goods shop and then the bakery. There’s also another restaurant at the back there and, around the square, all manner of shops and cafes. You’ve got Panormitis’ paint and DIY store, a small shop for handmade tin and souvenir items, the Town Hall (not a shop, but handy to know the location) clothes shops and cafes all the way back to the bridge, Kanterimi, the Dolphin pizza and so on.

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So, the message there is, when in Yialos, don’t just stick to the harbour front, there’s so much more going on behind it. There’s the backstreets with To Steno and Taxas which, btw, is pronounced more like Tahas, not ‘Tax-ass’ as someone said the other day. A Tax-ass is something completely different and unthinkable. (It’s like when people pronounce the name ‘Yianni’ (accusative case) as Yarny, you know, like he was made of yarn or something. It’s a short ‘a’, not a British long a, so it’s Yianni as in canny, not Yarny as in Arnie.)

You also find more restaurants in the backstreet, the church, the stationers, wine shops, hairdressers and much more. Even if you’re here for only a day (which is only there hours in the end) then it’s worth exploring behind the main seafront route to see what you’d otherwise be missing.

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Looking back towards Horio from the Nimborio path

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Symi Dream Calendar 2019

Symi Dream Calendar 2019

Here are a few news updates for you. To start with, Neil’s Symi Dream calendar for 2019 is now ready and for sale. It is only available online so don’t ask if we can keep you a copy because we don’t have any. I have to say that because I say it every year and people still ask if they can buy it on the island. No. It’s exclusive to this link: Symi Dream Calendar 2019. It’s the same price as all previous years, though postage may vary, and it can be bought in any currency. The proceeds go towards helping us look after the bin cats in our lane in the winter. You’re able to look through an online preview when you get to that page.

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Last Friday, the Blue Star Patmos came into the south side of the harbour at the new landing stage – you may need to know this if you are planning to use it. I’m on it on Friday night going to Athens (no blog for a few days next week), so will watch in the morning to make sure I know what side it’s on. I assume it will dock on the new southside jetty from now on, but you’d better ask, rather than take my word for it.

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The next piece of info comes from the Symi International Film Festival and reads: “Symi International Film Festival news. The Earlybird deadline has passed with 137 submissions from 37 countries. Total run time so far is 55 hours, so the selection committee has a lot of work to do. The Standard Deadline is 30 June with submission fees ranging from $4.00 to $15.00 (US). and the late deadline is 15 July.”

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The next isn’t news, but just a local story. We were at Georgio’s on Friday night, having a light supper… Well, it was light until the free wine started to appear from the kitchen. I was on my way down to use the facilities out the back and reached the bottom of the steps in the back courtyard when something moved a few inches to my right. Usually, when something rustles like that, I assume snake, spider, rat, mouse, cat and not always in that order. It wasn’t any of those things, it was a little owl playing with a dustpan. I looked at him, he looked at me as if to say, ‘What’s it got to do with you, pal?’ I was politer and said, ‘Hello, what are you doing here?’ and he flew off silently. I’ve never been that close to one of them before; they’re really cute, but clearly aren’t masters of conversation.

And finally, in other non-news events, the local authority has started work on clearing the weeds from in front of the house.

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