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

First weekend

First weekend

The first weekend of the winter season went off well. A lovely, long day at home writing and pottering about on Saturday, and an afternoon/evening with the godson on Sunday which included a barbeque, dining outside, carving a butternut squash (in the absence of a pumpkin) and catching up on the news.

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Monday has dawned a little cloudy and cooler with a grey sea but no sign of bad weather yet, though I believe it is coming. This week sees the Panormitis festival between 7th and 9th, and already the monastery is preparing. The fifth-year high-school class has been down there setting up their souvlaki stall. The 5th class runs this each year to help raise funds for their annual school trip, and the class do everything themselves from arranging the pitch to the ordering, serving and clearing up. It’s a real team effort with no adults in charge, from what I’m told, and every time I’ve seen it and used it, it’s been well organised and has run smoothly. Nice souvlakis too.

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There will be other stalls in the market, dancing and of course the religious observances. The ferry and catamarans are calling into Panormitis rather than Yialos for the week, though I’ve not checked the timetable, and I’m only going on what usually happens, so trips to Rhodes from this end of the island have to be done on the Blue Star, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, else it’s a trip to the other end on the bus and a boat from there.