We know that the beach of Glysteri collects a lot of garbage during the winter (currents?) and when a beach cleaning effort was made a couple of weeks ago I (Daphne) thought that Glysteri was the perfect spot to begin. Unfortunately nobody came to clean at least the upper part of the beach which is far from the shore because this part with rubbish doesn’t get washed away during storms. Fortunately there are people who visit Glysteri and during their stroll they usually pick up some garbage.

Doctor at sea

Skiathos clinicWell, quite nearby, at least. A reader tips us off about the relatively new (opened May 2013) Skiathos Polyclinic, where our reader was referred by the Skopelos health centre for a check-up on a back problem. The clinic, a large building signposted two-thirds of the way along Papadiamantis, the Skiathos ‘high street’, is open 24/7 for emergencies, but operates an out-patient service between 9am-2pm and 6-9pm weekdays. While most Skopelos residents will also probably only visit it on the basis of a referral, it offers a wider range of out-patient services than is currently available here, including cardiology, dermatology, general practice, microbiology, obstetrics, radiology and urology, which could make it a far cheaper (our reader paid €40 for a consult and test) and quicker option than travelling to Volos. We’re including it in our health listings page, and still welcome other recommendations from readers.


Another rainy day on Skopelos. I have been on Skopelos for about 20 years and I cannot remember it raining for so long! The fifth continuous day and we’re counting. Anybody remembers a year like this?
We hear that the quality of olive oil is not good. Due to the dako worm and too much water intake?
On Monday morning we saw the first truck with olives speeding to get to the olive press in Skopelos. Yes in Skopelos they’re open too but for how long?
If you can’t pick olives you might want to turn the television on and see what damage the rain is causing. Changes are coming concerning your television.

If your television screen, by the end of the month, is not so clear anymore, digital television might be on its way and your television needs a decoder. Thessalia and the Sporades will have digital television at the beginning of November. A big part of Greece already has digital television and to receive the signal a decoder is needed. You will need to check your television to see if it has a decoder. Most new televisions have this decoder built in. So what to do? If you can find the decoder wait for the change over and reset your television via the menu. I (Daphne) am not sure if my television has a decoder so I will get someone to look at it for me. Electricity shops have decoders and so has Papaliosa and the guys there know what needs to be done. What I gathered from the articles I read is that we need to wait for the digital signal on the 31st of October and see after that what needs to be adapted. We will keep you posted.

Friends and neighbours

SkiathianAt least one reader has contacted us to mention that our pal and sometime commenter The Skiathian over on our sister island has launched a crowdfunding appeal for funds to help with the expected costs of his wife’s impending cancer treatment in Athens. Englishman Ian Knights started The Skiathian five years ago and has run it single-handed ever since, keeping readers in touch with life on The Big Island. His wife Kamila has been told that her cancer treatment will exceed her medical cover, and anyone who has visited or used the site can donate here.

If you are paying your property tax (ENFIA) in instalments don’t forget to pay the 2nd installment by the end of the month. The exact amount that needs to be paid you can find out from your accountant. The whole amount can be paid in one too.

Thanks to Mike for pointing us at the website for the new(ish) EU project, SOLVIT, founded in 2013 to help expatriate individuals and businesses negotiate rights disputes in their host country. As the accompanying video explains, SOLVIT is connected to a network of professional advisers across the EU to mediate in disputes on the following topics:

Getting your professional qualifications recognised
Visa & residence rights
Trade & services (businesses)
Vehicles & driving licences
Family benefits
Pension rights
Working abroad
Unemployment benefits
Health insurance
Access to education
Cross-border movement of capital or payments
VAT refunds.

Although it points out it cannot arbitrate in business disputes, consumer complaints or compensation claims for damages. Anyone seeking SOLVIT’s assistance should start at its website here.

It’s not too late

to call your friend, cousin etc. Dimitri and/or Dimitra and tell them χρόνια πολλά because today, Sunday, is their name day. Thessaloniki also celebrates today because the city’s patron saint is Saint Dimitris.
Although the weather is foul today we saw many people in costume in the streets going to houses where a Dimitri or Dimitra lives, cakes in their hands.


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