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

Have you lost a ring?

Have you lost a ring?

Here’s a thing. A wedding band was found recently in the sea at Agia Marina. It would be good to reunite this with its owner. It has two names inscribed inside it and a date. It is written in Greek. If you know who it might belong to, or if it’s yours, please get in touch, and I will pass on your message to the person who currently has it.

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Symi is not unknown for having things wash up on its shores. There have been many occasions when messages in bottles have arrived on the island. Quite recently I heard a story of some people who found a bottle at Nimborio. Inside, the message asked for the finder to light a candle at Panormitis. On other occasions, bottles have washed up at Panormitis itself, with messages to the church (and higher). These bottles have come from very far afield, or far a-sea, you might say. It’s amazing how many reach their destination one way or another.

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Lots of sea to get lost in

People have also ‘washed up’ on the shores, though usually by boat and on purpose, luckily. Some, such as the refugees, have arrived here having been told they are arriving in Athens, such is/was the way of the unscrupulous people traffickers in Turkey who were last most active in 2015; the situation has quietened on that front in the last year or so.

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As I look out of my window, I see more boats arriving with more visitors. Already today (Wednesday) we have had the Blue Star ferry, the Express, the day-trip boats and a few gulets, plus the white sail boats, and ‘gin palaces’ of the rich. We need these visitors and no-one is complaining. No-one complains either when they find a lost wedding ring or a bottle with a message. Here on Symi, the finder will put out messages on social media (and here if they as me) to try and find the owners of the jewellery. Or they will take the message to Panormitis and light a candle as requested, as happened recently. Things also become lost on the island. I once heard the town hall announcer telling us all that Mrs Someone had lost her purse with X amount of money in it and if anyone finds it can they take it to the police station. It was found and returned, fully intact, and another announcement was made to that effect.

If/when you come to Symi, try not to lose anything but feel free to lose yourself in the beauty, tranquility and mystique of the island. It is, after all, easily done.

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The Blue Star ferry arriving