Utsikt mot nordväst på Samos, mot flygplatsen
After a very enjoyable stay at home with visits from loved ones, it was time to go back.
This went via London Stansted where I got to spend a couple of hours. A little
food and rest I had time for so no worries. After the security check, I bought a bottle of whiskey, three large Toblerone and a package of English Licorice Lumps.
Well back in
the boat it appeared to be in the same condition as when I left it, it was too late to visit the taverna. They shut down just when I was back at 23.45 just in time to say Kalinichta (good night).
During the time I was at home a former captain took care of the boat and made sure that noone lifted my anchor so the boat would run into the quay. Everything was perfect. Good to have friends who takes care of things you do not have time
to do yourself. The captain is called Adonis and he got one of the three large Toblerone I had with me. Very good, he said, I will give it to my girlfriend. He doesn´t want to be paid, does not matter.
They are good! Everybody I know. Feels good.
Nothing much has happened in the meantime. Maria and Vasili celebrated birthdays so I baked a chocolate
cake with a lot of whipped cream covering the whole. Maria said that she prefere vanilla cake but she also said that this cake was the best chocolate cake she had been eating. Next day I baked her a vanilla cake. Both these packages I had bought in Italy.
They wanted to have the empty packages to see if they could get them in Greece. Must have been a succes.
Now I write 13/9 and it has been a nice time so far and my oldest daughter
Camilla is 45 years today. How time flies.
On Saturday, September 22 will Åsa and her girls Anna-Sofia and Malin come down to me. They will come to Samos so I have to take
a trip up there to pick them up. We'll see what happens then.
today at. 10:50 the trip to Samos to meet my dear arriving by air Saturday september 22.
As usual the wind blows from north and I have to run the engine and sometimes I get a
little help from the genoa (foresail). First stop will be a nice ancor bay on Lipso. Then I have made 29 nautical miles (M), half the distance in about 7 hours. Here I am all alone with the goats. Where are the goats? Cannot see any one. Yes, must be lurking
somewhere. Wonderful, wonderful it is. Checking if there is internet here. Not a chance, not even telephone connection. Wonderful.
Leaving Lipso 11.45 and gets a nice angle against the wind which allows me to stretch all the way to Samos with sails. This is life. Sailing at its best. 28 M later at six-thirty I can anchor in the bay outside the
harbor after I had checked if there maybe could be a place inside. As usual it is filled up.
Waiting a long time for some boats to leave, but no motion. A couple of new boats arriving and I think it will be difficult to get a place. Waiting for a while and takes up the anchor and goes slowly into the harbor and wow - there is a place
that I can get into. Fine! Right next to a cabinet with electricity and water as well, wonderful. Now it's just a matter of waiting for the crew's arrival tomorrow.
They will not come before 20:55 so I have time to clear the boat so they can fit in. Sail bags and bikes I store on top of the aft cabin and tie with rope
so they can not move. Two sail bags on the deck in front of the cabin. The rest will find its place in the cabin. This place is not used for sleeping so here is plenty of room.
I took the bucket filled with water and a sponge that I bought on Kalymnos (sponge Island, where else?) and washed all above the deck, this was very dirty from all dust coming from transports and handling in Pothia on Kalymnos where I stayed for a month. I
do not want the ladies to get dirty as soon as they enter on board. Had to replace the dirty water several times. Now it really looks good. Has not been this clean since the last rain in early June.
In the evening, I stand on the main street, waiting for the taxi bringing them to me. But the taxi drives into another street and goes around down to the quay, he said he was not allowed to run down on the quay this late hour. Luckily, I
went down to the boat after a while and saw them just entering the boat. I helped with the bags. All well, all aboard. Installation procedure. No one was eager to go out and get a bit to eat except the captain who had been starving since breakfast as he thought
they had not been eating for a long time. Asa and the captain shared a pizza. All well. The girls had meanwhile got a little rest and then we fixed all beds. Captain also got new sheets at the same time. Now the day was complete. Good night!
We decided to get off the first day as we had a pretty full schedule ahead of us, one week
goes fast. We went out at 12 and arrived to the small wonderful ancor bay on the southeastern side of Agathonisi at 15:40, just 16 M. Captain and Anna-Sofia had a bathe. Wonderful. Malin is a bit frozen but she dared to look at us. In the evening the Admiral
and the girls played cards but the captain is happy whithout playing. Games of all kinds is not a big thing with the captain. Eventually Sandman and had a word with the team. A very nice first day at this their wonderful but short holiday week.
At 10:20 we left this wonderful life for the benefit of further expeditions
against Leros and more specifically to Lakki where we intend to visit Leros Marina. Here we will deliver the remainder of the fee that was decided that we have to pay for lifting the boat and put it up on the hard for five months. It will be more expensive
if the balance is paid by bank at home. Before we went into the marina, we stopped in a cove for swimming .. Wonderfully, it was at 21 degrees and clear water.
We went into Lakki
marina where they have good sanitary fascilities. This is greatly appreciated, especially by the ladies. They had lowered the fee from 22 € to 20 € 5. Good! I had a little conversation with a couple of guys from two Swedish boats that participated
in sailing around Leros held in memory of Finnish Swedish author Göran Schildt which lived on the island for many years, now deceased. It had blown very hard and one boat had broken the mast down at the lower spreaders. When Asa and I, with the dingy
went away to Leros Boatyard to pay, we saw the boat lying there with a broken wing, looking very sad.
We had a nice life in the harbor. The showers of the women, however, was
a disaster they said, because they did not get any water as long as there were men showering. They took all the water. Good thing was that they did not have to put money in a machine to get water, it runs on time and they should have to put in more money.
Talk about poor capacity / low pressure.
Leaving Lakki at 10.30 and had
some nice sailing in light winds down to Pothia on Kalymnos. There is never any problem getting a mooring at the quay. Asa headed toward the dock and I dropped the anchor just outside. Perfect docking! Who got the praise? Not Åsa who ruled. I just dropped
the anchor. Strange that there must always be a man who is responsible for docking and thus celebrated.
We went to MY tavern, Stoykas Taverna, and they finally got to see my
family they longed for. Hugs and kisses right and left helter-skelter. No limits.
We had a nice dinner with them and everything was just beautiful. Too bad we had to leave them
already the next day to catch up to Samos in time. The girls wanted to have an extra day on Samos before departure. Understandable as this island is a destination that many people choose. This is visible in the stream of Scandinavian tourists who come there.
You can hear Swedish spoken everywhere.
Around 7 hours it took the next
day with the engine (and a bit of genoa towards the end) to come to Agatonisi and the wonderful anchor bay with all the goats, and a brown cow. Quiet. 35 M of 50 done. Only 15-16 left to Samos.
At 8 next morning we took the anchor up and went with the engine out of the bay while the girls slept, or maybe?
Calm weather, no wind. We can have our breakfast on the run, no problems. Good to get to Pythagorion early to get a place on the city quay. Only 15 M to get there. The girls will have something to eat soon. This
trip was later getting a bit messy with very short waves without any visible wind. I wonder what has happened? Not as usual. A little messy it was all the way up to Pytagorion. No wind to help.
At once we got a nice place but we did not get right into place between two anchor cables as pointed out by the Englishman who we ended up next to. We will see later I said. No problems.
All well. Now it was Thursday, September 27 and on Saturday 29 the girls will go home in the evening.
We decided to rent a car tomorrow
and travel out and watch some more of the island.
We went across the
island up to Vahti or Samos town as it is also called.
It was really crowded with cars and people here, Friday, not a single P-spot! We drove and drove and managed to get into
the alleys so narrow that it was difficult to swing around the corners, and we had the smallest 4-seat car you can think of. There was one way traffic everywhere. Backing up was out of the question. Here one must be a native Vahti-citizen to know how to get
out again. We just came further and further in and higher and higher, all roads led upward. In the end, we just had to ask for directions to get out.
We saw an old woman standing
in a T-junction. We asked, and she talked and talked and pointed and talked. Much to tell, she had. There was a car on the way up that wanted to turn right, but we stood in the middle of the intersection so he could not pass. The old woman talked incessantly
and finally when he signaled I just had to back off a bit but the woman followed and continued talking. She pointed in a certain direction so we took the road, and the woman is maybe still standing there talking. Whew!
Out again on the high street, we managed to find a parking place and went to look up a specific store in town which Anna-Sofia had seen in a brochure. We asked in a place, and found the store later. There were sweets
of all kinds, but we bought none of this.
I had a beer in a place where we got som refreshment so Åsa had to drive from here. Did not think about it when
I took the beer!
We had received a tip to go up into the mountains and look at a place that would be very special. Manolates it is called and is located high up in the mountains
a little west out from Samos.
Yes, it was really high up. The road sometimes was like a twisting snake but much worse! It was the gear position number one in force in each curve
to even get around the next bend. Åsa drove like a goddess Once on top there was a parking, luckily. We looked around and walked around a bit up and down and got some pictures over the stunning view. Above there was an entire village. I wonder how they
can make a living here. They had small souvenirs as boats and other things, made of paper and painted, fine! Apparently a specialty for this place.
Two beautiful taverns were
in the immediate vicinity of the p-spot. We were not hungry so there was no need to visit a tavern. Sorry, would gladly drink another beer. When we had looked enough at this wonderful place and got all the pictures we wanted, it was just the trip down left.
Åsa continued to run as a goddess, down. Steep it was!
We continued, after we were "on track" again, to Samos town but now we just passed by to get back to Pytagorion.
On the way we slipped into the Lidl and bought some.
Back in the boat we had a siesta. Later we went to a bar and bought a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and also a large
”ice-cream special” in large glasses with straw umbrella on a stick. There were many different kinds of goodies in this ice-cream. Delicious!
We had so many glasses
and other things on the table that we had to expand with one more table.
September 29, Saturday, day of departure
We had the car two days and the third day, for just 11 €.
We went for a ride to Samos town once more and then back again. Nothing new.
Instead we should have gone a nice trip up to the city at the top of the north-west side, Samos, with gorgeous views.
This trip I made alone instead on Sunday when they had already
gone home. I then drove along the entire north side along the ocean all the way to Samos town. Wonderfully nice it was. Sad that they did not get to see this beautiful. When I told Åsa that I rode this ride, she said she had thought that we would take
this route but had not said anything about it. What a pity!
In the evening there was kissing party and farewell ceremony. It had been a wonderful week for all involved, especially
for me. I´m not fond of being alone. Wonderful weather down here but it's good to have somebody around.