Monday morning on Symi and I’m waking up to the sound of rain again. Not complaining, it’s been snowing on Rhodes, and I’ve not been swimming. Yesterday was Epiphany, the time (among other things) when the waters are blessed, and young men dive to retrieve the cross from the sea. We had carol singers call the morning before, as is the tradition, and the ceremony on Symi is usually held in Yialos, Harani, Pedi and Panormitis, and Nimborio I believe.
I guess this is the first day back at work for many after the New Year and Christmas break, and for me, it’s meant to be the first day of getting back to the regular walks. Fitting one hour into my day for a stroll up the road or to the monetary shouldn’t be too difficult, I managed it for several months last year. Mind you, that was summer and autumn, now in winter, there are three tests to pass first. 1, is it raining? 2, is it just too damn cold? And 3, can I be bothered? It’s raining right now and too dark. (4, is it light enough?) The plan is to wait until later when I need to go to Yialos anyway, so that can be the daily walk, as long as it stops raining and I do walk back and not get a taxi. As you can see, it’s early on Monday morning, and I’ve not really looked outside yet – shutters closed and I’m not going out there until it’s dry and light. So, on with whatever else I am doing in my busy schedule today.