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

More walks and photos

More walks and photos

I felt cold on the balcony yesterday morning. Mind you, it was 4.00 a.m., and there was a wind blowing. The temperature was probably in the high 20s, but I had to put on a t-shirt. We were both out on the road before the dawn, which is happening around six o’clock these days. Neil has this routine of going down the Kali Strata and then back up the road, and then reversing the direction and doing the circuit again the other way, sometimes jogging down. That’s not for me. I did the steps the other morning, and my knee was painful for the rest of the day. When I do three miles up the road and down, which is all slope and not steps, it’s fine. So I will give the ‘Kali’ a rest of a while unless I have to use it.

Sunday morning

Sunday morning, clouds on mountains

We are preparing the house for the family visit which starts on Thursday. This has involved removing a bed which isn’t ours from the spare bathroom where the ceiling paint has flaked and dusted off, hoovering the ceiling and floors, washing it down and putting the mattress outside to air while the frame goes up in the mousandra in pieces. We also need to buy three more pillows today; hopefully we can find them in town, otherwise, we’ll have to use cushions, and we don’t have many. Then we need to find another mosquito repellent machine, another fan (we just bought one from the Chinese shop, and on setting three, it’s so fast the thing reversed across the counter), and finding suitable sheets. It will all be done in time for when we meet the Sebeco from Rhodes on Thursday morning. If the blog goes ‘dark’ and I miss days, you will know why.

Monday morning, cooler

Monday morning, cooler

Meanwhile, the festival is well underway with dance shows and plays, music and talks. There are loads of visitors from Athens and elsewhere, our neighbours are back from France for their three or four weeks, and the island has become the holiday home to many from Italy and Greece, which is nice to see.

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