Navy Week came to a finish last night with Fireworks and Live music in Vathy. It was a big week of celebration as many Ithacans are, or have been sailors.
Tue 4 July - This morning Ithaca was woken by the sound of thunderstorms and rain. By mid morning the skies had cleared and it looks like a fine day ahead. The cooler temps make a refreshing break from the long hot June days of close to 40C temps.
The Astakos ferry has been out of action for some time now, but news is that around the 15 July, the Ithaca - Astakos service will be reinstated.
The 5th Annual Poster Competition is now showing at The Gallery in Vathy. Support Fimios who brings Ithaca great entertainment and events each year, by purchasing the Book of the Poster Competition with entries and themes over the past 5 years.
Fri 6 July - Big News. Great News!!!!!! Lefki is getting a water supply...Finally. Yes, the pipes are being laid (through roads, gardens and fields) from the Well further up the mountain to the backyard Wells of the Lefki Community. It's only a matter of turning on the tap. Another election year bonus maybe?
The time has come for locals and visitors alike, to DRIVE SLOWER. As more and more people arrive on the island, road rage is beginning to rear its' inevitable head. The narrow roads are not conducive to race track speeds when there are tour buses around every corner and truck drivers with a death wish carrying wobbly loads. The usual suspects, drive like maniacs and put everyone in danger, so let me just say it again. SLOW DOWN!! Please (of course)
Last week nearly everyone was complaining about the heat wave, but last night in Frikes, the chilly night air, usual for this time of year, made many long for another wave of heat.
Tonight at the Cultural center, take a trip down to Vathy for Poetry readings by Tilemahos Karavias (Mayor) and Yiorgos Douglas. Starts around 8pm
Sat 8 July - On Sunday 9th of July, the road to Exoghi will be closed for resurfacing. The road has been in need of fixing up for quite a few years, with some sections very rugged. Most tourists return from a trip to the village a little freaked by the height and the narrowness of some sections of the road. This won't change, but at least they'll have a freaky smooth ride instead of a freaky bumpy ride.
On Ithaca, any excuse to party is an excuse to party, so that Demetri Vlass from Spavento Bar in Kioni, turns 50 on Sunday, is more than good reason to have some fun...well maybe not. We all know that this wild haired waiter/musician/IT person, doesn't look his age, but he does act it. What does Demetri want for his birthday? Does he want to rage? Does he want to dance all night? Does he want to party with his friends? NO! He wants to sleep. Looks like a slumber party for this middle ager.
Sun 9 July - A power out on Ithaki yesterday, threw the island into complete disarray. The northern island had electricity restored about an hour after the failure, but the southern island, was left without power for the rest of the day and for today. Kioni also had the extra heavy weight of no water, after a problem with the Desalinization Plant could not be fixed due to the 'Fixer' having gone fishing for the day. To top it all off, Ithaki suffered through storms and downpours as some freak weather passed over the Ionian yesterday. Today the skies are blue again and the atmosphere, fresh, after yesterdays' unseasonal rain.
Wed 12 July - Seems like the Exoghi road was closed to resurface only a small section of road in front of a house. Some residents were not too happy about finding a way around or over the blockade.
Remember Starsky and Hutch? I don't, but seeing Mr. Sole is in Kioni, Series fans are reminded of this 70's cop show. Who knows, he may even end up in the Who's here, if someone tells me what he looks like.
Yesterday, the island resembled a plot in a spy movie, with undercover cops, guns and FBI-like men guarding two large buses with Embassy workers and their families, while they toured the island as part of a holiday to promote Greece to the various countries around the world, represented in the Embassies in Athens. The group is currently in Cephalonia, but yesterday included Ithaki for a quick tour and a swim.
Australian Dance Club megahead, Peter Raff, from ONE LOVE and La La Land is also currently on Ithaca, visiting family in Kioni. My head is spinning from all the excitement. So much to see, so little time. Better get to it.