Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

New Symi jetty

New Symi jetty
Neil took today’s photos of the work going on at the new Symi jetty area. I call it a jetty, but it’s more like a piece of harbour, or a dock, but you know what I mean. As you can see, things are coming along. They have constructed a new wall and are filling the space behind it to make an area for vehicles. I’m not sure how those vehicles will get there and from there, but we will have to wait and see what the plans for the road are going to be. I’d heard, from Yiannis Rainbow, that the road may have to come out over the sea and curve up to ‘Council corner’ where the trucks are parked half way up the road, but that’s just speculation.

New Symi jetty

New Symi jetty underway

It was six degrees in the courtyard yesterday morning, but that was before the sun came up as I was up early as usual. What was not so usual was that I was zonked for a reason I couldn’t work out. Early night, decent sleep, early morning as usual but all a bit slow and with drooping eyes. Perhaps it’s the aftereffects of finishing a book and being able to relax a little more. I just went to see if I could find the origin of the word Zonked, or Zonk. My dictionary tells me it comes from the 1940s and is ‘imitative’, which means ‘imitating behaviour’; “Babies of eight to twelve months are generally highly imitative.” For example. I wonder who was being imitated when the word first fell into use? Mr Zonk, perhaps?

New Symi jetty

The brown water are will eventually be filled in

Anyway, what it means is that I am as tired of brain as I am of body and so I shan’t be staying around long this morning. I’ll just load you up with some more photos of the new jetty and let you take a look at work that’s going on. Once finished, this new… whatever it is, should be able to take the large cargo ships and perhaps ferries that come in. This will save lorries and suchlike having to drive through the harbour at certain times. Fewer visitors will have to leap out of the way, fewer café and shop owners will have to roll back their awnings, and there will be less pollution in the air around Yialos. That’s the theory. Let’s hope it works.

New Symi jetty

It’s a pretty cold place to be working at the moment

New Symi jetty

A longer shot

New Symi jetty

Muddy waters