Returning to the age-old question, what’s it like living on Symi in the winter? Well, one of the things you have to be aware of is the weather, particularly when it comes to travel. Not wanting to put anyone off travelling here at this time of year (because the island is beautiful all year round and the peace and quiet of winter weighs up nicely against the trauma of storms, leaks, floods and so on), but you do have to watch the boat schedules. Due to bad weather further north, there has been a ban on shipping for days. I think it might have now been lifted, but here’s a story…
If anyone wanted to go to Rhodes last Friday, either for shopping, or a weekend away, appointments etc., they found they had to wait until Saturday for the boat (Blue Star ferry). And then, instead of a reasonable morning arrival time, the boat came in around 4 a.m. That’s one thing. I’m not sure if the boat came back that day as scheduled, but the one due to leave on Monday night was still there on Wednesday evening due to weather, and even then, passengers were told it wasn’t going at 4 pm, but at midnight. The company did say, though, that you could get on at ten in the evening. The last I heard from the Godboys who were on it, it wasn’t then going to able to leave until two on Thursday morning, and as I write this (at half-six), it might still be there for all I know. I hope not, they are due back at school tomorrow.
Meanwhile, another friend arrived in Athens with ferry ticket in hand last weekend, intending a short trip down to Symi, and hasn’t, so far, made it. The flights were massively expensive, apparently, and not an option in her case. I assume she had to go home in the end.
Anyway, that was just a reminder to be aware that your travel plans may have to change due to weather. I hope I’m not tempting fate here as we are heading up to Athens in early March, and coming back via the same route later in the month. We always keep an eye on the weather at least a week ahead of our planned departure when travelling at this time of year, and if it looks in any way dodgy, we leave early and book into cheap accommodation to be near the airport or wherever. Not the cheapest way around things, but better than missing flights, or not making important appointments.