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

Some Symi updates

Some Symi updates

There has been a fair amount going on out there in my big wide world that is Symi. Last week there were several name days and festivals, Agia Marina, Profitas Ilias and others. There have been some large ships in, including a massive, masted one called Flying Fox that looks like it will topple over at any moment. I was going to take a photo, but the Symi groups and pages on Facebook have that covered. Besides, I was watching it at night (early morning) and it was half-hidden by the house in front, so I thought I’d get it later. I turned around about ten minutes after that, and it was gone, slipping silently from the harbour at around five in the morning. And we had a brief encounter with a kitten. Well, two actually…

 

Rescue kitten in a basket

Rescue kitten in a basket

The water saga continues, only his time it was the landlord who wasn’t getting any coming in while we were, and both properties run on the same clock/pipes. I couldn’t work out why he wasn’t, all the pipes seemed logically arranged, all the taps were open (there are several on our side of the street to deal with), and there was no reason his water tank shouldn’t be filling up. He looked and told me it wasn’t. I asked Symi Property Services to pop up and advise/sort, which they kindly did on Friday. An inspection proved that what I’d suspected was correct; there was no reason the water shouldn’t be flowing to the house over the road. With a quick call across the street to the landlord on his terrace, SPS asked if he had water coming in, so he went and opened his tap and reported that yes, he did. (When I’d asked before, he’d not thought to open the tap, doh!) After SPS left, the landlord seemed to think I’d done something miraculous, told me to wait there on the doorstep, disappeared, and came back holding a kitten. He had three, he said. More, he was offering me the thing as some kind of payment. I politely declined and scurried back inside.

 

Tiny dot above blue house is an eagle

Tiny dot above blue house is an eagle

Elsewhere, we saw an eagle flying low over the harbour and over the house, but unfortunately, I only had my phone to hand, so in the photo it comes out as a tiny dot when in fact it was massive. Possibly a snake eagle, if I remember correctly; very impressive. We had a little owl close to the house the other morning being quite loud, and, as you can see, we have also been having some peaceful sunrises over the sea.

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Anything else? Ah yes. Apparently the Symi Festival 2019 schedule of events has been published, but I’ve not found it yet. On Saturday, the Nikolaos X, one of the regular day boats from Rhodes, was on its way over when it came across a refugee boat with about 11 people on board, in trouble in open water. It was obliged by maritime law to stand by until help arrived, which it did eventually in the form of the Turkish coastguard, and only once they were on the scene could the ferry continue. There have been more refugees arriving at Symi but not in the numbers we had in 2015, although the number of those fleeing to Europe has increased this year and latterly this month. The Rhodes newspapers reported that the Symi authorities had recently arrested one Turkish boat owner for human trafficking. I think that’s about all my news for this Monday morning.

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