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

The big bang

The big bang

That was a big bang. I’m sitting here on Tuesday morning, tapping away on the keyboard, wishing I could type and listening to the rain when suddenly there’s this loud crackle right outside the window, followed a second later by an earth-shaking crash of thunder and flash of lightning. Possibly the loudest and closest I’ve heard here on Symi. Luckily we had just unplugged the computers and the internet. We do this every time there’s a suspicion of a thunderstorm because, in the past, several people have lost their routers and even PCs to a storm. It’s not so much the electricity to the router, but the phone cables. Any hint of a dangerous connection via the power supply and a fuse somewhere will trip out to protect your devices and wiring, but there’s no such safety mechanism with the phone lines.

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So, Tuesday, another dark day in the house with water pouring on us from above, loading up the sterna only to drain away again within a couple of hours, some of it dripping where it penetrates cracks under doors or windows but, in this house, manly keeping its leaks confined to the door above the bathroom, as I mentioned the other day. Still, it’s a good excuse to unplug the social media and PC and turn my attention to books and paper. I am writing this on battery and will upload it later when the storm has passed. The way things have been going recently that might not be until May. Joking. The forecast is showing the rain clearing during Thursday. We shall see.

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Ps, these photos don’t show you the amount of rain, but when you see an island only a few hundred yards away completely disappear, you know it’s heavy.

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