Kolymbia is a typical tourist bedroom-village, packed with hotels, poor quality restaurants, noisy bars and cheap shops offering not only basic food and beachwear but also Chinese plastic dolphins that act as souvenirs from Rhodes.
There's nothing really interesting about Kolymbia but I must admit that it is well maintained, clean and tourist friendly.
The village itself is located right in the middle of the way from Rhodes town to Lindos. To get by car to Kolymbia Beach, the tourist site, you need to take a turn left from the road Rhodes-Lindos. The crossroads are quite important as there are two large supermarkets there, very convenient for some larger shopping.
Greeks are known as champion gesture users in the Mediterranean. Their hands, bodies and faces are rarely still and it sometimes seems possible to get the gist of a conversation by watching it from 50 meters away.
Instead of shaking heads from side to side as we do, they have another indescribable way of saying "No". This is done by raising the entire head in a backwards movement and clicking the tongue. Sometimes these movements are too subtle and quick, and you can't be too sure that he/she's answered at all. You can repeat the question again and again, and find he/she's been saying "No" from the very beginning.
A slow down movement of the head to one side, slightly closing the eyes as the head is lowered.
This gesture is indicated by the wawing of the hand, a kind of pawing of the air with the fingers and the palm downwards, that looks to the non-Greek as though he/she is either waving good-bye, or telling you to move back a few steps.
This can be confusing, because the further you move back, the more frantic the gesture becomes.
"I want to tell you something"
This gesture is done by touching or patting the lower lip with the index finger, and can easily be misunderstood, as it looks as if you are being told to be quiet. This gesture is often performed immediately after the "Come here" gesture - and put together they simply mean "Come here, I want to tell you something".
"What do you want / what do you mean?"
With a quizzical expression in his/her eyes, the Greek will shake his/her head from side to side a few times. This normally means that he/she either hasn't understood what you've asked, and is asking you to repeat it, or he/she is asking you what you want.
"Thank you very much my friend"
The "Yes" gesture is followed by putting the right hand to the heart. Standing in front of the person, the gesture is of course followed by a verbal statement. But the gesture can also be performed at some distance.
Rhodes people are extremly nice. They are very open, warm and helpful. They seem very relaxed and peaceful. They don't run, they are just taking their time, which is something most people in big cities are longing for so much.
To see more pictures check out the Rhodes People travelogue.
Rock Box used to be one my favorite rock clubs in Rodos. It doesn't exist anymore.There was a band from Sweden playing every night.
The time was divided in two parts.
Music by the band and music by the dj.
Cruise to Rhodes!
What could be a better way to arrive in Rhodes than by cruise ship?
There are literally dozens of cruise ships plying the Mediterranean Sea, and plenty of those put into Rhodes for a day or two...
It is amazing how the number of people in the Old Town seems to fluctuate depending on whether there are cruise ships in the harbour or not!
OK, so not all of the ships pictured are cruise ships, but the one on the left is run by Tui, which runs cruises at very reasonable rates...
Check them out - you may be surprised!