Winter in Symi?
Yes, I know it’s in the low 30s here today and August, but now might be the time to start thinking about your winter, and where better to spend it in than Symi? There is a list of question that you’ll want to ask, and I will get to some in a moment, but the reason I am mentioning this is because a friend has a house-sitting place available for two or three months over the winter period. It’s not a job, it’s simply looking after the house by being in it, keeping it running and so on. The house is in Nimborio, so perfectly quiet, and if you’re genuinely interested, email me (address right down at the bottom of the page), and I’ll send your message along to the home owner. The dates are to be finalised, but we’re looking at the start of December to sometime in February – you can discuss the details if you are interested.
So, questions. Well, the top one is always ‘What’s it like in the Winter?’ and to answer that fully you need to check out my Symi series of books: ‘Symi 85600’, ‘Carry on up the Kali Strata’, and ‘Village View’, all available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find them from my Author page here. But, in brief, it is (or can be) quiet, non-touristy, local, friendly, cold, wet, adventurous, sociable, peaceful and active, with festivals to attend and parties, dinners and so on. It’s what you make it, but don’t expect summer sun.
‘What is there to do?’ Again, the books will give you a better idea but, in another nutshell, walk, swim, read, watch TV, visit some tavernas, there’s kafenion life, there are dance classes and language classes, yoga, pilates, etc., other activities organised the Women’s Association, you can visit friends, invite them to you, write a book, paint paintings, hang out, and do just about everything you can in the summer, apart from jet skiing perhaps. You can also visit other islands.
‘How much money do you need?’ More than I have is the usual answer, but that’s just me. It depends on what you want to do. It’s not expensive to eat ‘like a local’, but, at times, you do have to adjust to using what you find in the shops rather than what you planned. There is no need to spend all day and all budget in the bars, and there is not the temptation of home delivery pizza and the like.
‘What about boats?’ Yes, you do have to be aware that we’re like a sea-locked village that’s not on the train line and has no road connection to the mainland or nearest large town. So, boat timetables become a fascination if you need to get to or from the island – in exactly the same way a bus timetable would if you were in a rural village with no car in any other country. The two days per week Blue Star has been reliable these past few years and will continue to be so, as long as it gets its commission or whatever it needs. There are the Dodekanisos boats, though on a reduced timetable, and all boats are subject to the weather. You get used to it.
I could go on, but I won’t just now. Remember, if you are interested in a few months rent-free in Nimborio from December to January/February and you can commit to it, drop me a line and I will pass your message along. If you need more detail, head to the author page and download or order one of the Symi series of books, you should find them helpful and fun.
By the way, all the photos today were taken in the winter months.