Corfu, in trouble


Corfu is, however, part of Greece and Greece is doing it hard. Whatever the reasons, infrastructure is struggling. Great stinking mountains of rubbish languish just out of eyeshot in towns. You will not see them on the main roads, but our little roadtrips encountered so many, hidden from view.

Given that (to be graphic) you are asked not to flush toilet paper here…said soiled toilet paper is bundled up with rubbish and left there..uncollected along with all the other refuse. Cats pick through it, vermin too no doubt. Anyone remember the Plague?? It seems that the answer is to move it out of sight. Not an answer at all.

We have been reading that the landfill site is in fact over capacity, and in answer to the quandary, it is alleged the mayor has designated a new landfill site, situated apparently illegally and against regulations, quite near a major tourist resort.   Demonstrations, and repercussions are taking place as we speak. We also read that the EU provided money to Corfu, (or Greece for Corfu) for the purposes of solving the issue, however don’t think too many people are surprised the money was allegedly diverted.

I don’t know the solution…but the answer can’t be to do nothing. Each Thursday night when we take our rubbish a few metres out to the kerb for collection, I think on how lucky we are, and how many millions of people struggle with this issue.

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Is it too late to have a gap year in your late 50s? To take back some time from our day to day working life to travel - unplanned, unescorted, unfettered? To take that leap? It was a defining year - liberating, challenging, humbling, scary. It was many things, but it wasn't a holiday.

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