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

A Small Favour

A small favour
Today I want to ask a small favour from all readers who have not yet heard the news via Facebook or Twitter. I wrote a piece for a travel blog the other day, and it’s been published – I mentioned it last week and the publication date of the 18th March, but it went out on 20th. It’s there now, and the thing is, this site is more inclined to take articles from writers if they get lots of views, and likes, and all those other social networking tricks that are everywhere these days. So, if you wouldn’t mind, please take a look at the link below (it will open in another window/tab so you can see to it in a minute, or come back to this page after).

It’s a piece I wrote about Bran Castle, in Romania. At the top of the page, below the photo (the photos are all mine) you will see the heart symbol. Click this if you like the post. There are also the standard share buttons to use for your various social networking accounts if you have them. Thank you and here’s the link: Bran Castle: The Dracula Connection.

A small favour Today

Symi spring

And back to Symi which, today (Monday) is very calm and quiet, sunny and still. I can hear a few motorbikes going past the house, and the birds outside, and I heard the catamaran come in earlier, but there is no building work going on next door, not today. Not that it bothers us much. The cat has been doing his usual ‘going bonkers’ thing, mooching around the house in the morning searching out the heater which is still in use in the workhouse in the mornings as it’s still chilly in here at times. He’s found his place in the sun, got fed up with that, found another, wasn’t sure about it but had a quick wash anyway, then checked out the view from the bedroom windowsill. When the window is open he’s quite at liberty to go out and have a look around, but I think, at his age, the three-foot jump to the ground and the two-feet jump to the wall opposite are too tricky for him. We don’t let him out unless he goes of his own accord because, when this has happens, he doesn’t come back for days, and we usually end up having to track him down at the old house, which is now a building site.

A small favour Today

Symi spring

That’s the cat news. My news is rather less exciting as there is none. I’m off to town again this morning with a list of things to do: boat tickets, bank, post office, cat litter, cat food, folders for my health check-up papers, and some other things I can’t remember but which are written down in the other room. That’s about as exciting as my Monday mornings get these days.

A small favour Today

Symi Spring

But what is nice is that we’ve already started receiving some emails from visitors who are coming back for another Symi holiday, with some coming as early as next month. Easter is on April 16th and coincides with Easter in the yUK, so hopefully, teachers and families will be able to make the most of the timing and come and experience a Greek Easter. I’m sure it’s not too late to check out cheap flights and find somewhere to stay…

I’ll leave you with that and get ready for a walk down to Yialos to see what’s going on and this time, I might remember to take my camera.

Don’t forget Bran Castle: The Dracula Connection.

A small favour Today

Symi spring

Weekend catch up

Weekend catch up
The cold north wind has calmed down and, looking at the days ahead, it looks like the wind direction is changing. That’s going to help warm things up a bit. It was still a bit chilly when we went down to Yialos on Friday to collect any post that might have arrived. A new kitchen light in a large box was waiting at the post office. It wasn’t heavy. It’s still in the box as we need to get an electrician to come and fit it for us. I’m okay with basic things, like changing a plug or a light bulb, but when it involves making a hole in a ceiling and cutting wires, then I’d rather leave it to the experts. Hopefully, that job will get done during the week.

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Two tables outside Rainbow, a sign that summer is on its way

There’s a lot more work going on down in Yialos now as businesses prepare for the summer. Up in the village, such preparation is harder to spot, if it’s happening at all. There are some changes afoot but, so far, only rumours about what’s happening to some of the businesses in the village. For example, I’ve heard that Mandeio’s might be taken over by another entrepreneur, the same goes for the Windmill, and the souvlaki shop once again has ‘for rent’ signs outside. The new bakery shop, next to Sotiris supermarket, seems to be doing well and will be well worth a visit when you come to Symi. Preparation work has started at The Olive Tree. Yiannis is back at the Rainbow Bar more often these days; he sometimes doesn’t open during winter mornings, but he’s there now getting things ready, and it’s a place to stop off at for coffee in the mornings. The Herb and Spice shop has been open in the evenings all winter, and the other village shops have been open as usual. Georgio’s has been open all winter too, and we’ve been a few times. The other tavernas will no doubt soon start to prepare, though Easter is still a few weeks away. That’s the time of year that most people aim for when it comes to getting ready for the summer visitors. So, it’s slowly starting to be ‘all go’, even up here.

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Wood for the baker’s overn

Also during this week, we have a few days in Rhodes planned, health checks, meetings and some shopping, plus a few meals out and about, no doubt. It’s our annual ‘health holiday’, and the appointments are now all booked. Just need to call the hotel, book the boat tickets and prepare for getting up very early for the boat. We have cover in place to make sure the cat is fed, and everything else is up to date, so a couple of days in the big city (or equivalent) lie ahead and this means there probably won’t be a blog for a couple of days later in the week; I’ll let you know nearer the time.

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Getting ready at Vapori Bar

In other, more local news, there’s a sign up outside the optician’s in Yialos announcing that the optician will be here for eye tests on 26th March, the day after Greek Independence Day. If you want to make an appointment, just call in and book a time. I used them a couple of years ago for my reading glasses and found a very cheerful and reasonably priced service. The optician’s, should you wish to know, is in the square where you also find the post office, next to Mina’s clothes shop and the cake shop, Fotini’s wine shop and just behind The International restaurant.

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The chairs are outside becasue there is work going on inside, summer is coming

So, it’s early Sunday morning as I write, I have a couple of things I want to do, like a new blog post on my writer’s blog ‘Writing Thoughts’ and some chasing up on the new book cover. Did I tell you? (Can’t remember.) I’ve asked the designer of ‘The Saddling’ to produce a new book cover for ‘The Judas Inheritance’ and, after that’s done and I’ve saved up, I’ll get new covers for the other books bit by bit. On ‘the Saddling’ front, my editor has not been well, but we should still be on track for April/May for publication. And so, on and into Sunday, once I wake up, and it looks like it’s going to be a clear, calm day ahead.

Symi Saturday photos

Symi Saturday Photos

As it’s Saturday, we are having some more photos today. Make sure you also look out Travelicious World later today or tomorrow. My recent article for them should be published this weekend. It’s about Castle Bran in Romania and the (non) Dracula connection. The more clicks and likes it gets the more chances I have of being offered more posts on this travel blog. Click the Travel Guides link at the top and scroll down to see the latest posts. Thanks.

So, a few images from Symi to end the week. Some taken very recently and others from a couple of weeks ago; you can see how the weather changes here at this time of year. Have a good weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Symi Photos

Sometimes Spring like

Symi Photos

Sometimes a bit cloudy

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Sometimes fair and bright

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Sometimes overcast

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Sometimes suitable for kite flying

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Sometimes misty

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Sometimes warm in February

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Sometimes very clear