I took a walk down to Yialos yesterday to get my photos for my biometric residency permit. I have the appointment a week on Monday in Rhodes and have all the paperwork I need, plus some. At least, I think I do. From what I’ve been told, the Rhodes office is organised and friendly, and the appointment shouldn’t take too long. (Thanks for the additional info Louise.) The day won’t be too long either. The Blue Star is scheduled to leave at 5.05 in the morning and set off from Rhodes on the way back at 17.20. The appointment is at 11.00, so there will be five hours of hanging around (somewhere) in the morning, and then about five in the afternoon, but it has to be done. All I have to do now is obtain a permit to travel from the KEP office, get a letter from the mayor stating that I live here, so I am allowed back on the boat, and buy the tickets.
Meanwhile, I still have a few extra things to photocopy. These are things I shouldn’t need but will take with me, just in case. Things like a copy of an affidavit swearing this is my address in case my newly updated electricity bill doesn’t arrive before the 26th, a copy of my CP papers, my marriage registration at the town hall, my old IKA stamps/book to show I have been here and insured since 2002, a signed copy of the Treaty of Versailles… I don’t know. Anything to prove I am what I am and that I am my own special creation. Who knows? What I do know is, while I was getting my photos done, I took this snap and thought, ‘I can’t wait to get back there for lamb chops.’
We also had a phone call from KEP yesterday checking an AMKA number for the vaccine, so things are progressing in that direction, though we’re still not 100% sure when us youngsters will be called to go and be done. Shouldn’t be long now. There’s also news in the Greek press about how certain public and private sector workers are required to self-test from Monday twice per week and to enter the results into a website, carry the papers, and can be fined for not doing the tests. This is when you’re back at work, of course, as Neil hopes to be after Easter. Yiannis has already confirmed with him, but we’re still waiting to hear when the bars might reopen. A bit like everything else at the moment, it’s a case of one day…