Greek Island Garbage Guy

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Thursday 05 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Island life is generally different wherever you go, and the Greek Dodecanese are no different. The pace of life is much slower, and revolves around tourism, fishing and the day-to-day commerce of an island community.

On the island of Astypalea (or Astypalaia, depending on the translation from Greek), we came across a rather interesting little quirk. Sat on the little beach (below), every afternoon, around three or four, we’d hear a strange rumbling sound that grew louder for a while, and then receded… only to be repeated in reverse five minutes later. The whole thing then happened some five or six times.

Weird. 

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One day I went to investigate. It transpired that it was just the garbage man, up to his laid back energy saving tricks, nothing more. 

Down by the harbour, there were a number of large green plastic wheelie-bins used by a hotel, some guest-houses and a few restaurants. Each day they were ’emptied’ somewhere out of town. The rumbling noise was the wheelie-bins being pulled along, at a speed greater than that of a man walking…

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Mister Garbage Man was on a 250cc motorbike, and he was towing the wheelie-bins by hand, one-by-one, along the harbour front, around the corner, and then up a pretty steep narrow alleyway to the top of the small town, and then to the dump area I guess. 

All the time riding one handed of course 🙂 

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19 thoughts on “Greek Island Garbage Guy

  1. Re: pace of life. Reminds me of being in a restaurant in Hawaii. Twenty-five minutes after sitting down in nearly-empty place without being noticed, manager pops his head out of a door and says to us, “Waiter on break. You hang loose.”

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  2. […] Sat on the little beach every afternoon, around three or four, we’d hear a strange rumbling sound that grew louder for a while, and then receded… only to be repeated in reverse five minutes later. The whole thing then happened some five or six times….  (read the short story here) […]

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  3. fredrieka says:

    hahaha

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  4. AnnetteM says:

    That is amazing. I loved the top photo of the island. Must go back again some day.

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  5. An no helmet of course! I hope the current economic issues don’t spoil the islands. Shall I buy euros or wait for the drachma to come back?

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  6. swamiyesudas says:

    Kudos to that man for his ingenuity and to You for posting this. Also, the place looks So clean!

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  7. vannillarock says:

    this tells you all you need to know about pace of life….

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  8. Cathy says:

    He looks a bit like an elderly Clint Eastwood. But maybe not as glamorous in real life?

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  9. treerabold says:

    I never thought I’d want to haul garbage….but if I were able to do it on a Greek island riding a motercycle…i might just reconsider!!

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  10. Rama's Mama says:

    Wow, just him? No garbage trucks at all?

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