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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Cheesy Sunday, Clean Monday

Cheesy Sunday, Clean Monday

It’s Clean Monday today here in Greece, the start of Lent.

“Today marks the end of “Tyrini” the week where Greeks worldwide enjoyed loads of cheese and cheese based dishes. This is the last day of Carnivale, just before Greek Orthodox fasting period for Easter Lent begins. It’s also known as “Kyriaki tis Tyrinis” which is marked by delicious, but meatless, dishes that end with a big family meal on Sunday night.” Greek City Times.

Symi-style delivery

Symi-style delivery

We had one of those ‘only in Greece’ moments on Saturday. The men were finishing off the path outside our gate (it should be fine to use now), so when Neil came home and saw a bag hanging on our gate, he assumed it belonged to one of the guys doing the road. Later, when they’d gone, and we were heading out, it was still there. Looking inside, I found some ‘church treats’, left for us by… Well, there’s the thing. It could have been anyone but was most likely our landlord opposite or Yiannis Rainbow or his wife. Whoever, thank you, a lovely surprise.

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My week ahead looks the same as any other during the winter, but now the weather is (temporarily) spring-like, I feel more inclined to get back to my daily walks. One of those regular, long-term stayers has already returned which, to us, makes things feel like summer, and more day-trippers and visitors have been seen in the harbour. In the harbour cafés and walking about, I should say, not actually in the harbour.

Anyway, I’m off to get on, as it were. Happy Clean Monday!