Thursday, February 26, 2009

What a Load of Rubbish

The sales brochure for Greece's Aegean islands rightly focus on the pristine beaches and the idyllic mountain/sea scenery.

Of course: there's more to life, and here on Kalymnos we have a whole neighbourhood, just outside the East End of the town, which is hopelessly devoted to trash.

There is a special section of sea cliff for washing machines (above) and a separate beach for crushed cars (below).

My favourite is the boneyard of battered lorries and fucked up fridges. It's beautiful.

Hey, if you're from Kalymnos Council and you're rading this, don't freak out - I'm not trying to put tourists off our Aegean paradise, I'm trying to attract artists. They love this stuff.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Secret Backstreet Casino

You find stuff out all the time. Apparently this completely innocuous building in the backstreets behind the Alphabank is actually a casino and is full of blokes gambling each other into early graves, all day long.

No lights, no sign, no nothing and yet there it is, the pit of all morals. Fancy!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Just Looking at a Dead Fish

What's that slimy thing hanging off the handlebar's of that guy's wee motorbike?

Why, it's a huge ugly dead fish! Looks like it only died a few hours ago.

He sees us looking at his huge ugly dead fish and comes out of the cafe to try and sell us it but we're like "naw mate - its all right - just looking".

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Disco Inferno

Here's something that we've never seen in Kalymnos: a burned out shop. The Old Jukebox Record Shop disappeared in a puff of smoke last week.

God only knows how they put it out. In the year and a half we've been here, I've not seen anything resembling a fire station or a fire engine. If we had a fire in the house I wouldn't know who to call. Mind you - we don't even have a phone, so I suppose its a moot point.

Anyway, this was kind of nostalgic because life in Glasgow was full of burned out shops. So, to whoever started the fire: thanks. (Not that we're saying this was an insurance job because as we all know, record shops are the businesses of the future - this "downloading" nonsense will never take off.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is traditionally celebrated in Greece by buying your loved one a large cuddly mouse.

This stuffed mouse shop round the corner from us has had a great week for business. Shame it doesn't do much for the other 51 weeks of the year.

Perhaps they should diversify.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Little Baby Lizard

We share our space with animals. In summer there are ants and recently there have been one or two little baby lizards. Pink things that cling to walls.

This one is about two inches long and he's called Theophilos.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Free Accommodation in Greece

The Global Credit Crunch is at work and people are thinking frugally. The falling pound and the rising Euro are making Brits think twice about coming abroad this year.

But you shouldn't have to give up your holiday. If you can afford the flight but don't fancy paying for a hotel, you should seriously consider some island-life city-center camping.

Kalymnos (and I'm sure its the same other islands) has loads of empty properties, some are smart and some are a complete mess.

This one is right in Pothia city centre and allows easy access through a big hole in the wall which gives way to a spacious living, dining, sleeping and recreational area. You could easily set up a tent in here and if you stayed for a week probably no one would bother you. If they did, you could move to another one - there are hundreds of these empty places round the town and elsewhere on the island.

In this one, there are plenty of bike parts lying about so, if you remember to pack a multi-tool you could probably fashion your own transport for sight-seeing.

There's no wi-fi, but look at that view right out over the harbour: spectacular! Total bill for 7 nights accomodation: Zero Pounds and no Euro cents.

Don't forget as well that Kalymnos is ideal for free food: dumpsters regularly contain fresh fruit and veg, and if you're a smoker there are always fags lying about on the ground, possibly as a result of the price: 2 Euros/pack. It's literally still the 1980s as far as UK smokers are concerned.

You would need to buy drinking water but I'm sure you could easily spend a week or two out here for less than £35.

I know what you're thinking, but there is a (just) acceptable public toilet within a five minute walk. Or you could just pish round the back. I think it would be OK.

Flights to Kos start around April. Book now!

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