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Missing Symi

Postby phillippalee » 16 May 2020, 17:28

I just wanted to give a wave to Symi, and all the people on here who are missing her!! My big birthday holiday (3 weeks).. was/is booked for the 28th September. According to our Government there will be no holidays abroad this year. I hope it is not true, but fear it will be. Well it means next year instead - still feeling sad. I am really happy that Greece has managed to keep infections down. How are others feeling at this time xx
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby Allan » 17 May 2020, 12:36

I'm missing Symi too Phillippa.

I think Matt Hancock's comments a few weeks ago have been badly mis-reported in some of the press as "Your summer holiday is cancelled" but that's not quite what's been said. In fact it's been flatly contradicted by the EU claiming that "Europe is open for tourist business".

Personally (and this is just my own guess, nothing more) I would expect your September 28th big birthday holiday to go ahead as planned.

You are right that Greece has managed to keep down the spread of Covid-19 but they desperately need the income they get from tourism so they have a delicate balancing act to follow. We can't predict for certain what will happen in the future of course but I expect there to be changes in the next few weeks as flights restart. There's plenty of time for things to settle down before September.
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby JuliaB » 17 May 2020, 18:47

So many of us must be missing Symi. We should be there at the moment. We haven't yet rebooked for later in the year but are monitoring the situation in the hopes that we'll be able to get there in September/October. Symi needs the income from tourism just as much as we need a holiday!
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby katy » 18 May 2020, 12:38

We are booked for mid-September and are preparing for not being there whilst secretly hoping we will be.
I think the situation must be very stressful for the people of Symi, they obviously want to stay safe but no income is a big threat to many, many people all over the world.
They must do what is safe for them, as must we.
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby phillippalee » 18 May 2020, 17:01

Yes Katy - I am preparing my mind for not being there , but secretly hoping I will be!! Well put. Allan says its a while yet x
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby D and E » 20 May 2020, 17:43

Our excitement levels would normally be rising by now as we normally head to wonderful Symi in late May / early June but alas not this year.
Greece has done ever so well in containing this awful pandemic and is now in such a difficult position balancing their economic needs with the risk of tourists bringing the virus to its shores. With many small islands like Symi having limited health infrastructure it could be devastating.
We are resigned to believing that we won’t see Symi this year and oh yes we will miss it terribly.
We will continue to connect through Instagram & Facebook and reading past Trip Reports on this Forum does allow us to feel close to the wonderful place that so many of us love.
Yasou for now.
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby silverfox » 21 May 2020, 22:21

We are (were) due to go out on the 26th June with Olympic.

Latest from them is only up to 11th June that is cancelled. Greece opens up on 15th June but not to UK visitors.

As things stand we will still have to isolate for 14 days once back even if flights start and Greece lets us in which means we would have to cancel anyway.

At work I may have to stand to my holiday dates booked which means almost impossible to book anything later if things do open up.

Just a few obstacles in our way. :(

I'm sure we will return as soon as we can! :)

Stay safe all.
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Re: Missing Symi

Postby JuliaB » Yesterday, 11:23

It's that time of year for so many of us. With Symi in our thoughts we had a Greek evening yesterday: a delicious takeaway from our local Olive Tree, accompanied by ouzo, red wine and bouzouki music. Even managed to find a paper tablecloth that Zoe gave us as a souvenir some time ago!

We'll all be there again one day but the safety of the islanders must come first.
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