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Procuring like a Cowboy. Rhodes Half Two.

Procuring like a Cowboy. Rhodes Half Two.

After the fingerprinting was carried out, I had loads of time earlier than my subsequent appointment, so we wandered round a short time, window buying and bumping up the step-counter on my cellphone. I believe we’d already walked 4 miles by then, and we had been to handle 10 by the tip of the day. A stroll alongside the seafront confirmed tons of of sunbeds, principally empty at the moment of day, with a great few meters between every umbrella and folks already at work ready for customized. Because the morning went on, the streets grew to become busier, however nonetheless not as busy as they’d have been in ‘regular’ occasions. Later, there was time for buying, and I wanted new shorts and shirts, as a result of final yr, I didn’t hassle as there was nowhere to go other than the Rainbow Bar (which opened yesterday, btw). So, my private shopper took me searching in varied garments retailers.

There was no have to guide an appointment as you needed to do a number of weeks in the past, however masks are obligatory, and each store had hand-san far and wide. Some additionally had a card system so they may monitor what number of had been within the store at one time, and H&M had a quite hunky safety guard on the door who refused to frisk me. Procuring as a person is straightforward. You go in, see one thing you want, say ‘That’ll do’, pay and depart. The checkout woman at M&S as soon as mentioned to me, ‘You males are so quick,’ as a result of I’d gone in, gone upstairs, discovered what I got here for and was down once more inside 5 minutes. She appeared fairly grateful or impressed. No thought why.

In the Old Town later

Within the Outdated City later

I had my optician’s appointment at 11.00, however I used to be early, and it was sizzling exterior, so I believed I’d wait inside Optical Home, the place Mr Loukaidis gave me a espresso whereas he bought himself prepared. Full check-up, replace on my imaginative and prescient, frames chosen, and all carried out and dusted in a pleasant {and professional} environment, and the place, every time I’m going, I really feel like I’m being handled as a member of the household. Glasses can be delivered (at no cost) to Symi through courier as quickly as they’re prepared. Good. And on to lunch…

Trying to get the menu to work. I ended up with the old-fashioned printed version.

Attempting to get the menu to work. I ended up with the old style printed model.

As you would possibly see, I didn’t take images of the whole lot, however we had lunch at Koukos, a guesthouse/café/bar within the pedestrian road, sitting exterior having fun with the shade earlier than going our separate methods for the afternoon. Jenine had an appointment elsewhere, and I simply wandered regularly again to the harbour. By then, I used to be strolling like a cowboy just lately off his horse, affected by what my nephew calls ‘chaffage’, however so long as I finished every now and then, I used to be nice. I took a pit cease at Nimmos, simply inside Akandia gate, the place Aris from Symi and his son run a conventional taverna. Odd to be served by a chap who was three after I first met him and who’s now a six-foot, strapping man with fluent English, and we had a great catch-up. After that… Extra strolling, a visit to Pappou the place I scoured the cabinets and eventually discovered 4 packets of Typhoo tea (that’ll do for the subsequent couple of weeks), earlier than heading to New Mouragio, the taverna on the nook by the harbour gates. There, I requested for a glass of wine and turned down the provide of one thing to eat. The waitress was horrified that I used to be ingesting wine within the afternoon with out meals (I used to be nonetheless full from lunch), and so I ended up with a large free plate of mezethes and, for some purpose, half a litre of white. Fortunately, Jenine returned and helped with each. It’s solely a five-minute stroll to the boat from there, if that, so there was no stress when it got here time to go dwelling.

When you ask for a small glass of wine in Greece.

While you ask for a small glass of wine in Greece.

There can be extra from me tomorrow, however I do not know what that can be.

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