Symi Warnings and Dangers

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    Goat, St. Nicholas Bay, Symi
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    Water, treat it sparingly!

    by suvanki Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Water shortage stops boat sailing ;-)

    The water supply on Symi is very limited, so much so that during the summer months water is shipped over from Rhodes, then rationed out weekly to the households on the island. There aren't any swimming pools here.
    It is therefore important that water isn't wasted. A bowl may be found in your shower, use this to stand in, then use the water to flush your toilet. Flushing the toilet should be kept to a minimum..some bars and restaurants turn off the water supply to the toilet to preserve water.
    Waste from toilets goes to septic tanks, and as the waste pipe is only narrow, nothing other than "natural waste" should go into the toilet. There is a bin provided in your accom. or bars/restaurants for toilet paper etc.

    There are 2 launderies in Symi, so it is advisable to use these for washing your clothes.

    The tap water is safe to clean your teeth, but bottled water is advisable for drinking.

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    Uneven surfaces!

    by suvanki Written Jul 6, 2004

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    Kali Strata, Symi

    Theres so much to see as you walk around, but take care, as most of the terrain is uneven, even around the harbour area it's easy to trip over pavings, ropes etc.....This risk is multiplied after a few ouzos or Metaxas (but it doesn't hurt as much!)
    So if you want to admire the view, stop first!!

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    Ancient Plumbing

    by suvanki Written Jul 15, 2004

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    Although the Greeks possibly invented the toilet system, it may appear that things haven't progressed. The piping here is narrow bore, So......The only things that should enter the pan, are "natural waste" A bin is provided at the side of toilets for paper, etc!!
    As water is so precious on Symi, its probably not necessary to flush every time!!..just for number 2's!!! (solid waste!!) If your bathroom shower has a bowl, use this to collect your shower water in and use this to flush the toilet.
    Some of the bars and restaurants shut off the water supply to the toilets, the staff will go and flush the toilet periodically.

    If you do put paper down the toilet, it may well block, and the contents will overflow into your bathroom/room!!! NOT NICE!

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    Fire risks

    by suvanki Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Church bell, Symi

    The lush vegetation soon dries out in the hot Symi sun, making it ideal fuel for fires! Therefore, care must be taken in disposing of cigarettes, matches, glass etc.
    Camping is prohibited on Symi, due to the fire risk from camping stoves etc.
    A barbecue off the beaten track is a nice idea, but, if out of control, can result in catastrophe.

    In case of fire, there is only one firefighting truck on symi, tho some residents do have trucks and water tanks, and will assist.

    Water supplies are very limited though, especially at the height of summer.
    Anyone spotting a fire should call the local police station immediately 2246071111.

    The age old practice of ringing church bells to warn of impending danger can also be applied!

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    Cats/Dogs/Donkeys etc..

    by suvanki Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Symi cat

    Along with a lot of Greek Islands, Symi has a sizeable population of cats. There's also a presence of restaurants/waste bins!! These cats don't starve!!
    The cat population is multiplying, although there's an arrangement with a vet on Rhodes to perform an annual neuturing programme(See my local customs tip) Sometimes this doesn't work out. (funding/bad weather preventing ferry)

    i've encountered tourists that have brought cat food from UK for these felines..Symi supermarkets sell cat food, buy here and help the local economy!! or let them do as nature intended , and keep down the mice/rat population!
    Please don't lure these cats into your appartments..some of us, although we like cats, are allergic to them!! Even after you're gone, we might suffer the effects!

    Dogs/ donkeys might not be treated as we do in other countries (tethering etc) but this is how its done here.... They are seen as working animals, and for that purpose alone. You may encounter donkeys heavily laden with shopping/ building materials etc around Chorio.

    There are quite a few dogs residing on Symi that are pets however, some being a familiar sight around the harbour bars/tavernas.

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    Greek Easter Celebrations- Dynamite & firecrackers

    by suvanki Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    Church, Chorio, Symi

    If you've spent Easter on any of the Greek Islands, You'll know that the celebrations can be quite lively with firecrackers being set off any time, anywhere!

    On Symi, they let off firecrackers too - BUT- the inhabitants also set off DYNAMITE!!!!

    As Easter approaches, competition heats up between Yialos, Chorio and Pedi, as to which area can produce the most spectacular explosion!

    One night whilst sitting in the local taverna, one of these explosions caused the clock to shoot off the wall, which was followed a few minutes later, by the local farmer rushing in for a calming Metaxa, shouting "Luftwaffe!!" , and pointing to his fields- apparently one of the explosions had uprooted his prized vegetables!! he explained that it looked as if his field had been bombed!

    We were warned to leave our windows open, but close the shutters if going out at night, as the glass can shatter with the force of the explosions.

    If watching the church processions, or attending the services, be aware that firecrackers are thrown around the church yard, again increasing in volume as midnight approaches!

    I had a few minutes of deafness, as a firecracker, which had laid in the road, exploded as I passed. (I'd mistaken it for a burning ember from a candle, that I thought had been dropped from a lantern, of a couple returning home to paint a cross on their door for good luck, from the sooty candle wick!)

    (See my Easter Celebrations tips in the Things to do section for more info.)

    Perhaps best to pack some earplugs! and have a steadying ouzo (or 2)!

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    Cups /mugs!

    by suvanki Updated Jun 21, 2005

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    Symi Mug!

    If You're self catering, you might find that your tea cups are tiny! In each of the 3 establishments that I've stayed on Symi, this has been the case.
    (oh and also be aware that you'll probably not find a kettle- instead you'll have to boil a pan of water , for your brew!)
    So- My solution was to buy a locally produced mug, from a craft shop- I got a decent sized vessel to drink my tea from, and a souvenir of the island, which reminds me of my holiday, each time I have a cuppa 'back home'

    I bought this mug from the craft shop, just past the bridge (Clock Tower side) Can't remember how much I paid, but think it was equivalent of £3

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    Goats On The Beach

    by steventilly Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    Goat, St. Nicholas Bay, Symi

    Well, not so much a danger, but definitley a warning. Goats run wild on the Symi hills and in some of the bays they get down on to the beach. If you're taking a picnic, keep an eye on your bags while you're sunbathing or swimming!
    Once you get used to them, the goats are quite sweet.

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