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



I’m having one of those days where I slept so well I woke up tired if that makes sense. Mind you, I’m not planning to do much as it’s blowing a gale outside and the forecast is for high winds and heavy rain all day. This is Wednesday, and currently, there’s a lull, but the sky is still very dark. I can’t post any photos of the view because the shutters are closed, but below are a couple of shots taken on Tuesday when it wasn’t so cloudy. After preparing this post, I have some editing to do and then, I think, the sofa will beckon for an afternoon of laziness and TV watching. Another afternoon, I should say, it’s became something of a habit, but when the weather is cold and wet, and the roof is rattling, it just feels like the right thing to do. In my defence, I do get up at 4.30 and work through until midday, so anything after that feels like evening.

January 26th_2

There is some good news for us at least. We now have appointments booked to take our paperwork and proof to the office in Rhodes to exchange our residency cards for the new biometric ones. (Thanks to Jenine for organising us.) We have to wait until the end of April to go, not because of restrictions, but because that was the nearest appointment time. I’m still not sure how we get permission to go if the current lockdown is still in progress, but apparently, we can. If you are still wondering how to change your card, beige or blue, my advice is to phone the Rhodes office and ask them. The number is 22410 27612, and you can call between 13.00 and 14.00, Monday to Friday. English is spoken.

January 26th_1

In other good news, for us, I see that one business UK per day has been calling an agent in the Netherlands seeking storage or distribution locations. The idea is to avoid these new charges, VAT and other things when delivering to the EU. These UK companies are setting up EU based locations to distribute from, so we, the customers, don’t have to pay extra charged the oven-ready Brexit deal has landed on us. That will save us the hassle of worrying about extra charges when receiving gifts (over a certain value, I think) or ordering things online we can only get from the UK. Shame that it will take jobs and business away from the sovereignty-restored UK, but there you go.

January 16th_06

And on with my day. Neil has just invaded my office with the vacuum cleaner (not complaining), so I must get up and move around for a while.