Sailing in a Greek Crisis without an anchor
Greece is like coming home.
Cygnus III at home in Greece
Greece to us feels like coming home. In a previous life, when we were grown up’s and had proper jobs we chartered boats in Greece for our holidays. Many of the places we are now sailing to in Cygnus III we have been before and they evoke fond memories. The islands are as beautiful as the people are friendly.
What crisis, It’s all Greek to me.
The Greek crisis may be real but there is little outward sign of it apart from large queues at the banks each day. Granted the national anthem has been changed to “Greece is the word …. I’ve got bills, they’re multiplying” but apart from that everything appears the same.
We really feel for the people of Greece and what they are going through. We started our own austerity measures aboard Cygnus III a few years ago so we understand some of what they are facing. I even pulled some of my own teeth out to save money.
Locals are limited to taking out 60 euros a day in withdrawals from cash machines and the banks themselves are closed. Although we have our own self-imposed limits the banks will allow foreigners to withdraw up to about 300 euros a day each. Although the Taverns’ here are thriving and aiding the economy it must gall the locals to see tourists spending more on a fried bit of cheese than they have to live on each day.
Austerity and how to help
As we are now old hands at austerity we thought we would try and help the Greek people come up with a cunning plan to get the economy back on track. This is what we came up with:-
The Greek crisis is not complicated, let me explain!
You see a lot of people believe the Greek crisis is complicated but it is not.. let me explain it in simple terms.
The Greek Bailout
It’s was a slow day in a small Greek Village.
Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich German tourist stops at the local hotel and lays a 100 Euro note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms before spending the night there.
The hotel owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs the hotelier grabs the 100 Euro note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the 100 Euro note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the 100 Euro note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his ouzo bill at the Taverna.
The publican gives to the local prostitute who has had to offer him “services” on credit.
The prostitute then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the 100 Euro note.
The hotel proprietor then places the 100 Euro note back on the counter so the German traveller will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the 100 Euro note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory and leaves town.
The whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that is how the bailout package works…..
What has Cygnus III been up to?
Angelina considers the Greek crisis
So now we have sorted out the Greek crisis and made them a few extra Euro’s on the side what else has Cygnus III been up to.
Well, we have been slowly sailing and motoring down the northern Ionian Sea visiting many old and new anchorages on Corfu, Paxos and mainland Greece. Angelina has of course been working hard on solving the Greek crisis and we have met many new friends. Life at the moment is laid back and we are more than content with our lot.
The anchoring dance.
The afternoons in some of the more crowded anchorages are always fun. As soon as a new boat comes in all the other boat owners are like meek rats popping up praying they don’t come near them. Then the antics start.
You can’t anchor there!
The boat anchors and owners are out like the changing of the guard on their decks. They march up and down looking at the new arrival, shaking heads or gesticulating at them that they are too close. Some will take pictures, others will do the anchoring dance but whatever, it’s always amusing, unless it happens to you.
Charterers wonder round aimlessly trying to work out how to use that big, heavy bit of metal at the front of the boat and why it is attached to a lot of chain. When you wake up in the mornings the same charters are still going around in circles having learnt a new phrase “You can’t anchor there”.
There is the story of the Australian charterer who called his flotilla leader up on the radio asking for a spare anchor. When asked what happened to his he replied “we used it last night”.
In a way the Greek economy is like a charterer. They are learning slowly and keep getting told they cannot do this or that but if someone took the time to give them a decent anchor and show them how to use it they would be fine.
We have our own thoughts on making money whilst sailing but what tax can you think of that could be brought in to end the Greek crisis?