I’ve just returned from 10 days in the resort of Pefkos, Rhodes. Crisis, what crisis? OK, some of the ATMs weren’t functioning, maybe due to lack of cash, but otherwise the only thing in short supply was rain.
Signs in the hotel encouraged visitors to post positive ‘business as usual’ comments on social media to counteract reports in the UK media. One of the big issues seems to be that the situation reporting from Athens and mainland Greece is not being separated from that of the tourist islands, where hard cash flow is inevitably not a great problem.
No, the greatest problem with visiting these beautiful islands is the same as it’s always been, and leads to the real question we should be asking the people of Greece – why can’t you build sewerage systems that can deal with spent toilet tissue?
The sign says ‘Do not put toilet tissue in the toilet, please deposit it in the small bin’. Now, without going into too much detail, I eat and drink quite a bit on holiday, and the bin is fairly small and…………no, not too much detail. ‘When in Rome…..’ is a great adage, but if we were in Rome we wouldn’t have this problem as the Romans had the provision of adequate arse wiping material disposal sussed when they built their infrastructure. So, I do exactly what I imagine (although not too much imagining) 90% of tourists do – I put my tissue down the toilet. It’s unlikely to be reported by the wonderful maids either as, if you think about it, it’s not really in their own interest to do so.
Anyway, the people of Rhodes are fantastic, as is the food, sun and drink. I’ll be back next year, whatever the currency, whatever the Daily Mail and Daily Express are reporting, and whatever toilet procedural instructions are printed on my hotel bathroom wall.