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

End of May

End of May

Having chatted yesterday about eating with friends, we did exactly that on Tuesday evening, down at Meraklis in Yialos. It had been a warm day and rain was forecast. We ended up with a thunderstorm passing over the island, but not a major one. This meant, of course, that we were ‘trapped’ in the taverna, under the awning, moving tables out of the drips but carrying on regardless like the dinner party in ‘Carry On Up The Khyber.’ Needless to say, dinner was fabulous and a very reasonable price. We were also in time for the bus which is now running until ten pm.

End of May

Tuesday was a damp evening, you could even say wet, but Wednesday dawned fresher for the storm, and the plants were watered. I know it sounds odd, but it doesn’t feel like the end of May. It still feels to me as if we should be at the end of June, not because of the weather but because, I reckon, Easter was early, and it feels like the season has been going on for some time. I am sure business owners wouldn’t agree with me, and they are still waiting for larger numbers of visitors to arrive, it’s just a ‘me’ thing.

End of May

As I am running out of things to say, I’m going to go back to my old photos folder and see what’s hanging around in there, to add a few more pics at random, just to fill the pages. (Taken in February.) Enjoy the end of May (oh, if only I was refereeing to a certain out-of-her-depth politician and her cronies), and I will see you in June. Oh, that’s tomorrow. So, I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Eating

Eating

It’s getting to that time of year now when friends are returning to Symi for their holidays or extended stays. You see, you may come to Symi not knowing anyone, but you always leave with a heap of new friends. For us living here, this can be a very indulgent time of year. For example, on Monday night we were invited to our neighbours’ house for dinner, and what a wonderful time that was. A pebbled courtyard, an old house still with its original wall decoration and painted ceiling, a view of the harbour at the front and the walled courtyard at the back, the table set with candles and wonderful food. Fabulous evening, thank you – you know who you are.

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Then, yesterday, we were invited to meet other friends and go to dinner in Yialos. On Sunday, we’re having brunch in Nimborio, and there are three other engagements in the diary for when I get back from Athens. And that’s just us. You also see old friends meeting up at the bars, and that’s visitors and their Greek friends, people of all nationalities.

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The downside, if there can be one, is that you have to keep a check on what you’re eating and drinking, and I am talking in terms of quantity here. Forget diets, especially when you have a cheeseboard the likes of which you’ve never seen before, or when the taverna menu is set down before you. Talking of diets, Symi caters for everyone, from gluten-free to anything goes, you’re going to find somewhere to eat, and it’s not just typical Greek food or pizzas.

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Anyway, that’s made me hungry, and there’s still two hours to go until my next feed. I’m going to chew some paper or something to keep me going.

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Blue Star 2

Blue Star 2

Yesterday we had the Blue Star 2 call in. Last week it was the Blue Star 1. I’ve not travelled on either boat, but I hear they are comfortable and fast. The number 2 was a bit late coming in, but the service recently has been much more reliable than it used to be when we had an older boat linking Symi to Athens and Rhodes, and various stops in between. With his new route, you can no travel directly to Santorini from Symi, and vice versa, should you want to try a two-centre holiday on the most beautiful island in Greece (and Santorini).

Blue Star 2

The weather has warmed up, and I now sit at my desk with my windows open to cool me down, and it’s not even June yet. This does mean that I am treated to the smell of neighbourhood cooking (it was omelettes yesterday) which is a bit mouth-watering at seven in the morning. Its quite common for meals to be prepared early in the day and set aside for later, as I’ve often smelt moussaka and stifado on the go by seven a.m. As I am usually up at 5.30 and don’t have breakfast until nine, it can be a pleasurable pain to be treated to all these wonderful smells while my tummy is rumbling.

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Today’s photos are of the Blue Star 2, to give you an idea of its size, and there’s one of some of the yachts which are now beginning to return to Symi. We’ll see more of them over the next few months, I hope, as things heat up and get busier. The day trip boats are bringing loads of people, mainly for Yialos as few day visitors manage to make it up to the village despite the new signs, so the season is now well and truly underway.

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