A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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I am standing on the balcony and watch the storm approaching. Night becomes day; a brief instant in time and the Acropolis in front of me is revealed. The houses below light up and the church on top almost touching the sky. The thunder is constant but still the rain is light, a few drops here and there. The lightning zigzags across the sky from cloud to cloud and the red lights on the windmills from nearby Datca on another continent flicker on and off. A bolt strikes the hill behind with an instant crack. This signals a fall of hailstones that rattle the metal table and chairs on the terrace. The lights falter, dim and just for a brief moment fail but return. It is also a signal to go inside and disconnect the wifi, lest, heaven forbid, I should no longer have contact with the outside world. On the balcony, of course this is the outside world in all its raw, unadulterated form.

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