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Thursday, September 22, 2005

We ended up, instead in Syros. As we motored into the main harbor, church bells chimed. A wonderful welcome. We tried med-mooring in the main harbor. Concrete docks and not much padding is not a good combination. We ended up hitting the dock before we settled in stern-first. We were catching our breath when two young coast-guard type looking men came toward us. They politely warned us that where we were we needed to be side-tyed. Grumble-grrr. We pulled up the anchor and decided that we'd just take off and head out again. While we were still in the main harbor working on the anchor, Louise noticed a large (dead) rat floating by. Not such a wonderful welcome. OK, time to shake the dust from our feet and skedaddle. But wait, we noticed a few sailboat masts on the other side of the harbor and headed off in that direction. THIS was the harbor that friends mentioned as being good, free, but without water or electricity. We can do without the water and electricity, as Quest has large water tanks and solar panels. We had plenty of choices for side-ties here and as we slowly made our way toward the dock, that darned Mr. Wind roared through and once again, concrete and boat without padding...

We were secure and checked the hull for damage. Nothing that a bit of sanding and two coats of paint and a little drying time wouldn't fix. We walked into town (probably 2.5 miles) looking for a computer cable (with success). Walked back to the boat and installed the cable (also with success, but didn't fix the problem). After a quick dinner of leftover pasta salad and sausage, cheese and cucumbers, we headed into town again to see if we could find an internet café. No success. We even asked several people who looked at us as if we had inquired if they sold moon rocks here. So, we marched back to the boat reminding ourselves that we were getting excellent exercise. We did stop at a bakery, though, so I guess that negates the excellent exercise part.

Day two in Syros. Chris worked on the second coat of paint after the dew was off the deck. Louise headed down the dock with backpack in hand ready to hit the supermarket that was about ˝ mile down the road. After we docked at this harbor, several other boats moored here - they must have been drawn by the mast. The boat right next to ours sported an American Flag - the first one we've seen since leaving Marmaris. I stopped and chatted with the man and woman on board who are from San Francisco and have been cruising for six years. They were very helpful and anxious to share any knowledge they had. We've discovered that about the sailing community - people are very helpful and friendly. I mentioned our unsuccessful search for an internet café, and they said they knew where it was! After Chris was done painting, we took off for town once again. We were wandering the narrow streets and came upon our boat-neighbors. They said to follow them because they were headed that way. We chatted along the way. They are heading east and will winter in Marmaris. We're so glad that they showed us the café because unless you walked in the correct direction, the sign was not visible. After an hour at the café catching up on correspondence, checking the weather site and drinking a frappe, we decided that we should spend one more night in Syros. Now having loads of time, we did a walking tour of Syros. We didn't have our camera with us, so you will have to take my word for it when I tell you how interesting a community this is. We walked up the hill to two large churches (no doubt one of which was responsible for the beautiful chiming welcome). We looked down on the clear blue water. We noticed the old and new of the buildings merging into each other. We realized that the merchants here didn't call out to passersby trying to hawk their wares as they did in Marmaris.

Many homes, which generally border the sidewalks, have tiny bird cages hanging outside. The birds sing their little hearts out. I was reminded of Maya Angelou's book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", which I read, but couldn't remember why the poor caged birds did sing. Why were they singing?

On the way back to the boat we finally got to the supermarket where we purchased some fresh produce. Four large apples for 63 Euro, ($.77) four potatoes for 31 Euro ($.38) and four juicy, red tomatoes 81 Euro ($.99). We also bought a mix that looks like it will produce some sort of dessert with cream. Doesn't look like we need to add eggs or bake it, so we should be OK. We also bought a tiny bottle of Ouzo - a preliminary taste brings to mind licorice, but we've read of the potent after effects, so we'll be very careful...

We have gotten several business cards from people along the way. One of our favorites was this one for Bozborun Restaurant which features "Life Fish, Octobus, Calamary, Shrimp and Lubster". Too bad it wasn't along our way.
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