We are back in my beloved Greece. First stop was Symi – famous for its sponges but most famous for being the home of our friend Jim’s grandfather). Bozburun to Symi was a short, pleasant journey. We arrived early and secured a great berth which you will see in the photos. This was our entry from Turkey into Greece and so we had to go through the customs protocols. This meant a visit to the police, customs and port authority. We were not actually allowed to leave our boat until these procedures had been cleared or we would be in big trouble. You could hardly complain being confined to your boat in a such a beautiful place (with all the food and wine we needed). We realised that our two hour plus confinement was a first world problem when told that the delay was due to 50 Syrian asylum seekers on their doorstep!
We went through the flag changing protocols (which I strangely love and always photograph) and the kids hoisted the yellow customs flag and then the Greek flag. Our own Australian flag at the stern attracts much attention (and fellow Aussies, of course). From the Aussies it’s generally wisecracks like “are ya lost mate?” and the Europeans are amazed that we’ve come such a long way.
Symi was picturesque – beautiful and I bought the obligatory sponge (despite it feeling a bit wrong). It is certainly dealing with my skin that is sorely missing its regular long, hot showers. More text below the photos…
After securing some fresh, hot bread first thing in the morning, we left Symi for the island of Skala. We didn’t exactly plan it, but decided to follow a ferry because it looked cool. We weren’t disappointed and while we didn’t explore the town, we enjoyed their beach for a few hours.
Today we’ve had a looooong sail to an anchorage where we are now. Chris is down below preparing a roast chicken. We are at an anchorage in an alcove that has a beach and the kids and Chris swam from the boat across to it, earlier, while I peeled potatoes like Cinderella. That was my choice! But speaking of Cinderella, I watched the latest version on the plane over – soooooo lovely! Anyway, I have been enjoying the simple things in life. I achieve legend status for jumping off the bow, finding tomato sauce in a remote, random shop and having the patience to get the wifi sorted. I’ve finished two novels, rediscovered my cooking skills and have enjoyed being here to cook eggs for the kids’ breakfast, being told how to cook eggs by Chris and trying to be much more disciplined about learning how the boat stuff works. Chris’ stickers that label everything has been very helpful but alas for him it’s all about the journey while for me it’s about the destination. We may never resolve that one!
Next stop Naxos where we plan to stay for a couple of day to avoid the high winds that are due. I am very much looking forward to it.
Symi looks gorgeous. Greece is so different to Turkey and not that far away.