Saturday, 13 April 2013

Power up ...

Power down ...

It's amazing how we get such big electric bills, the amount of time it goes off here. We are in another spate of  electricity outages. Its a daily event where the power goes off around 8am and you wait to see if it comes back ...


Yesterday we went to the bank, it was closed and no ATM as they had no power. I hope the staff all went to the beach to enjoy a team day before summer. We though had no money, and I had just ordered some paint to be made from a friendly supplier. I was apologetic, and he said 'no problem, pay me later' which was good of him considering the circumstances.

This morning the power went off, and came back on again a minute later. I went to the bank, they had power, and the ATM was working, so we had money. Off to the paint shop where they were pleased to see me coming in to settle my account, in such speedy fashion. Only they had no power, it was quite dark, and could not open the till.

Power outages are often blamed as being 'for the tourists', yet we seem to have seven months of power cuts, for five months of tourism, often again with power cuts.

Somehow the people of this country all pull together, to keep the rubber band that holds it all together working ...

So what do you do when there is a power cut ? Well as much as possible, in the morning on a day like today, where we have been blessed with gorgeous blue skies and a heat that burns the skin quite quickly.

Off to Kabourelias for a sunny lunch, after a busy morning to say 'Kalo Taxidi' to friends heading back to the UK. They have timed it perfectly, with the weather doing an expected 180 degree about turn at around 3am. Southerly airs and sunshine, to a Northern draught and showers.

Today we enjoyed the sun, with friends, a final glass or two of something, whilst looking at the hastily repainted ex- Vodafone 'Sponsor required - insert name here' Flying cat 5, as it emerged from the heat haze. It makes quite an interesting sight ...

Its currently painted green on the Port side over the red, and white all over the Starboard side, which looks pink due to the bleed through, from the red undercolour. It looks like its been attacked by seagulls by someone who is colourblind.




Perhaps they were caught short of money and paint, by a power cut, in Alonissos or Volos yesterday too ...

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