We took a quick visit to Yialos on Monday to collect a couple of things before walking back up the steps to home. The Kali Strata is being weeded and painted, and with the new flower and plant shop at the top, looks splendid. There’s a new café in Trawler Square where the corner clothes and souvenir shop used to be, the Trawler is open, and the cafés in that square were doing some business. The jeweller is also open there, as are Pacho’s, Eva’s, ‘Comfy Chairs’ and other places, some of which have been open for a while now. As it was a three-boat day on Monday, there were also visitors from Rhodes and some people coming off the ferries with suitcases; a potentially good-for-business sign. It’s a double-edged sword too, of course, and an unavoidable one as we’ve been more or less cut off from the outside world for so long, and a return to ‘normal’ will bring with it apprehension. But, caution, common sense and cordiality will, no doubt, go hand in hand (in hand), and the island will adjust and adapt as the year progresses.
Meanwhile, Tuesday brought a slight rain shower in the morning, and it’s fair to say that the weather this year has been different to the same time last year. We’ve had a heatwave in May, colder temperatures since, with some days up to 32 in our courtyard, and others down to 20, bright days, cloudy ones, humidity, and so many variations, the mosquitoes don’t know whether to attack or hold back. Also on our recent agenda have been the delivery of leaflets from various cafes and eateries now pushing takeaways and deliveries, and the side of the fridge is becoming well-stocked with alternatives to eating out. On which note, Taverna George and Maria may be reopening soon, the Poseidon is arranging limited trips with limited numbers (pre-booking if you’re on Symi now or later), and I am sure I saw a taxi boat on the water the other day.