Tuesday, 15 January 2019

No Ferry Tuesday ...

The Proteus is ready, the weather is not ...

Proteus ...
Due to heavy winds, the Volos Port Authority has issued a detention order, (Remain in port) for this mornings departure of the Proteus. That would have departed today at 08:00, to the islands of Northern Sporades ...

#Brexit 

Passenger: "I want to fly to Australia"
Travel Agent: "We are experts. Our staff in the office will decide the options we think are best and book it for March 29th"

--- 2 years later----

Travel Agent: "We can't agree. It's too difficult. We recommend you stay at home" ...

Previous Blog: Municipal elections and registration for voting ...

Monday, 14 January 2019

Municipal elections and registration for voting ...

A message from Geof Baldry ...

Island Residents:

'If you wish to vote in the Municipal elections of this year (to be held sometime in May is the rumour), you must go to the Town Council Office with your passport, and Residence Permit, and complete a registration form. 

Those that have already registered in previous years, do not have to re-register. 

Whatever the outcome of Brexit (as things stand now) Brits will be able to vote this time round. I would encourage everyone to register and exercise their vote. 

Skiathos is a relatively small community, and a few votes CAN make a difference. Please share this if you think it is important' (obviously, I do!).

If anyone needs transport, to vote on the day ...


I will see what we can do ...

Previous Blog: Last Ferry to Volos is ...

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Last Ferry to Volos is ...

This evening, departing at 17:10pm ...

No route will take place on Monday from the islands of the Northern Sporades to the port of Volos.

The Skiathos Express will take its last trip from Volos on Monday at 8:00 to Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, and from there it will depart for Lavrion, to begin its annual check-up.

Photo: Skiathos O.E.
On Tuesday, 15 January, the ANES Proteas begins its services, departing Volos at 8am ...

Talking of late departures ...

Strange noise in the kitchen, a taping noise, coming from the fridge.  Found the 'Pre Christmas M&S Cromwell Bishop' trying to escape. Having been to Poland and back, its well traveled and rather mature. Glass of red and sweet dreams are going to be made of this ...

Previous Blog: Dry January ...

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Dry January ...

Or Veganuary if you prefer ...

Vegan conception: How vegans are made ...
After the season of excess, the lack of alcohol, and the pressure to diet, and desire to complete up to 10000 steps a day, at this time of year, does things to the mind ...

I have just read someone wants to know the directions to the SPAR supermarket ...

It seems they are not on the island, and starving after the winter snowstorm. It seems they are planning for their trip in May - Yes in just five months time ...

They have been given many directions to the location of the store, but not one mentions going to a major airport, and boarding a plane, or asked where they are staying, as an island starting point ...

Now I am not sure, what delights are in store, or will be in five months time. (I am having difficulty planning my shopping trip in just a couple of hours time). Apart from the butchery counter, or the wine aisle, or a lump of feta. I tend to struggle to find anything, of great desire in there. But cant help wondering what it could be.

The butchery counter will still be enjoying life, hopefully for quite a few months yet. The wine is in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for the price to go up. What can it be ...

Perhaps they are giving Green Shield stamps again, like my local one did when I was a kid ...

Calendar update:

The last one has departed for its new home, we raised over €100 for Captain Yannis, and the Retired Seamens Association of Skiathos ...

Travel update:

Six days ago the Flying Dolphin was meant to return to service. Naturally it didn't, and no one knows when it will do so. Perhaps Lidl on Volos have the wrong type of spanners.
However on Tuesday 15th, the chuggy chuggy ferry, ANES Proteus returns.
Beware of the wet paint on the guard rails, with a cloud of black smoke, puffing from the funnels, and a refershing clunk of the ramp as it lands on the harbour concrete ...

Friday, 11 January 2019

Skiathos airport numbers ...

December airport traffic:

An increase of 1.6% passenger traffic at Skiathos airport was recorded in December 2018, compared to December 2017. In 2018, passengers traveling from Skiathos Airport reached a total of 1083 people, compared with 1066 in 2017. (Did my bit, one of them was me)

Annual airport traffic:

According to Fraport in 2018, , Skiathos Airport recorded an increase in traffic of 3.3% to 437,916 passengers, compared with 424,106 in 2017 (Did my bit there too, quite a few of them were me) ...

Source: e-thessalia.gr

Previous Blog: South wind ...

Thursday, 10 January 2019

South wind ...

Melts the snow and warms the island ...

So the children can enjoy their day off.

This is a great photo. in my opinion ...


No idea who took it, as its been shared everywhere under different names. However whoever took it has captured the moment perfectly ...

Previous Blog: Schools out ...

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Schools out ...

All schools of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as the Children's Station of the Municipality of Skiathos, will again remain closed on Thursday, January 10, 2019 ...


This is due to frost and slipperiness, according to a new decision of Mayor Dimitris Prevezanos ...

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Skiathos snow ...

The snow arrived last night ...

Two years exactly to the day after the last deluge ..,


There will be some rather chilled out homes on the island. Intermittent power cuts, frozen water supplies, frozen water pumps, and the wood pile taking a serious hit, as you try to keep warm.


Cold in town too, but you can always use the woodburner, to melt some snow to flush the loo ...


If you can get out, get to the Gerani, use their facilities, and keep warm by the woodburner, with the resident cats ...

Daphne at Skopelosnews has great photos on her blog: See Skopelosnews

Late News:

Due to the frost that will prevail on the island of Skiathos, due to snowfall in the evening and early hours, making the movement of students, teachers and guardians dangerous, the Mayor of Skiathos Dimitrios Prevezanos, decided to suspend the operation of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as the Municipal Kindergarten and for tomorrow Wednesday 09/01/2019.

Further update: 

All schools of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as the Children's Station of the Municipality of Skiathos, will remain closed on Thursday, January 10, 2019 due to frost and slipperiness, according to a new decision of Mayor Dimitris Prevezanos ...

Previous Blog: Extraordinary bad weather report ...

Monday, 7 January 2019

Extraordinary bad weather report from the Central Port Authority of Volos ...

From the Central Port Authority of Volos ... 

'It is announced that, according to the 06-01-2019 / 13: 00 Evolution of the Weather Conditions by the HNM for tomorrow Monday 07-01-2019

THESSALIA clouds will prevail with local rains or snow in the south mainly sea-coastal and local snowfall on the rest, which will be locally dense in Evia, Sporades and gradually the Eastern Sterea.

Isolated storms mainly in the southern maritime-coastal segments. The winds will blow from northern directions 4 to 6 and gradually local 7 beaufort, with temperatures ranging from -06 to 08 degrees Celsius and the north 3 to 5 degrees lower.

Also, according to the Emergency Hazardous Weather Sheet from 06-01-2019 / 12: 30, the weather will be aggravated tomorrow Monday 07-01-2019 and Tuesday 08-01-2019, with the main characteristics of low temperatures, local dense snowfall, sporadic storms in southern maritime and coastal areas and stormy northern winds in the sea'

Which roughly translated means - Expect either snow or at best rain. Stay indoors, its going to be cold and windy, so forget about taking a plane or ferry. Make sure the fire has plenty of wood, A glass of red at an appropriate hour, close the shutters, read a good book, go to bed early and see how it is on Tuesday ...

The worst of the weather is expected to be ...


Chuck another log on the fire, power cuts being reported outside of town ...

Previous Blog: Stratos Tsikounas - Theofania champion (Again) ...

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Stratos Tsikounas - Theofania champion (Again) ...

Today is the celebration of Theofania, The blessing of the waters ...

Theofania, one of the most anticipated events on the Orthodox calendar, will be celebrated today regardless of the weather ...

The Epiphany celebration honors the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River more than 2,000 years ago.

Stratos Tsikounas
Stratos Tsikounas ...
He was and was not 16 years old when he first participated in the celebration of Theophany in Skiathos. The reason for Stratos Tsikounas, who for the last six years dives in the Old Port of Skiathos where the Holy Cross Dive Ceremony is held and has managed to catch the cross, six times in a row. Tomorrow, without serious inconvenience, Skiathit will be diving for the seventh consecutive year, having the same expectations as the first time.

On Sunday, January 6, in the churches of the Three Hierarchs and the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Skiathos, and in the Holy Monastery of Evangelistria, the Holy Sanctuary will be celebrated, followed by the dove of the Holy Cross and the sanctification of the waters by the priests of the island. Stratos Tsikounas unconditionally rescues the Cross from 2013. He dives with other swimmers, the so-called butichadas, who fall into the waters of the Aegean to catch him and take his blessing. 

The 22-year-old was born in 1996 in San Francisco, where his parents were found for work. His family was repatriated when he was three years old. The last four years have helped his father, who has a boat on the island, a seasonal job he keeps as long as the tourist season lasts.
The emotions that overwhelm Stratos Tsikounas are strong. "I find it a great blessing every year to dive into the sea to celebrate the Epiphany," he added, adding: "All I feel is so intense that it is not easily described in words. I feel the same joy as the first time I dived. Even when I was serving my military service, I had taken leave of my unit in Evros to give "this" to the island. "

Last year he had decided not to come back.

But following the greetings of friends and acquaintances, he was persuaded to try this year and continue the personal tradition he has created. As for the motivation he had in January 2013, when he drove for the first time? "Every time no one knows how many will dive after the end of the Divine Liturgy. I still remember, however, the great joy I felt when I caught the Cross for the first time. That year we were 28 whales, but I was the youngest in age. Others were winter swimmers, others were snorkeling. I did not have the same experience. You need to make a great macroboat, since the Cross is deeply submerged, it reaches almost to the bottom. Everything is to overcome the coldness of iced water, because these temperatures are very low ".

In closing, Stratos Tsikounas revealed a custom that is observed in his hometown: "It is customary for all swimmers to fall into the water every year in Theophania, to take the Cross. On the eve of the Lights, he holds the Holy Cross the whimper that catches him. The rest of the days are drawn between the rest, provided they have not been taken. Usually for two, three or four days, if the priest allows us, we take him to the houses of the island for good and receive gifts and gifts from the housewives of Skiathos, rendering some of the funds to the Church" 

Source: https://e-thessalia.gr/

Good luck today Stratos ...

Photo: Captain Lambros ...
Kalypso is ready and waiting for you ...

Later Update: Θεοφάνεια 2019 ΣΚΙΑΘΟΣ ...

Seven in a row it is ...



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