A moment on Ios

Ios dreaming

I am living on the top of a very large hill looking out over Ios village. It is a lovely place to stay, slightly out of the hustle and bustle. The sky’s here are calm, hardly ever a cloud to be seen. I love to sit on our balcony and soak in the dry serene beauty that is Ios. The view certainly is quite a juxtaposition to the crazy night life here. The walking streets of Ios village are a beautiful maze. Lined with white walls, blue doors and paved in old stone rich with history, they tumble and collide in amongst each other. The first time we weaved our way through the village we were not entirely sure of what we would find and then, all of a sudden, we were there in amongst it. Streets seemingly on top of streets, bars on top of bars. Music pumping. Humans everywhere. Ios nightlife is unlike anything I have experienced and it took me a little while to aclimatise. It’s as if it has ADHD. Generally the bars are quite small, 50 people and it feels packed. One minute the bar will be packed to bursting and then in the next moment, everyone has disappeared, skipping, dancing, shouting and laughing their way to the next bar and thus the cycle continues, people bouncing from one bar to the next, all night and then some. It is not unusual to find yourself stumbling home with the sun glaring at your eyeballs after a crazy Ios night. But not before stopping to grab a famous gyros of course. Club SandwhichMy favourite late night food on Ios was introduced to me by Tallulah, who you can read about here, head to Club Sandwich and instead of ordering the normal Gyros, which are wonderful as well, order a chicken gyros without chips on a pancake instead of the pita bread and with special sauce. Trust me, it’s amazing!

Harmony looptheworldIt was a very busy month this past month, Simon was gigging nearly every night at Harmony. The staff there have become my Ios family, they are such a friendly bunch of humans and they certainly know how to party. If you are ever on Ios I would highly recommend a visit to Harmony, the food is excellent, the people are excellent, they have live music and the view….. the view is spectacular. Just be sure to book a table as they are booked out most nights.

lotus imageOn the few nights that Simon did have off he ended up playing at another wonderful bar called Lotus. I loved Lotus for it’s chill vibes, the old wooden flooring, the palm trees, the stars overhead, the tunes, a game called ‘shut the box’ and of course, the absinthe.

This month has been a slightly difficult month. The main focus for me on Ios was my diving. I am currently only a few days away from becoming a qualified dive master, which is very exciting because not only do I feel that it will open up a lot of opportunities for me but mainly, I just love diving! Unfortunately I did not have a wonderful experience at the dive school that I chose to study with and as I was there nearly every day it did have an impact on my time here. However, as the saying goes “what doesn’t break you will only make you stronger” and so, as in all things, I will learn from this experience.hannah mylopotas

My favourite part of each day is taking the 20 minute walk down the hill to Mylopotas Beach which is where both the dive school and Harmony are situated. The view on the way down is spectacular, there is something very special about it, the dry rocky mountains of Ios climb up to my left and the calm, deep, endless blue of the Aegean stretches to meet the horizon on my right. It inspires a sense of calm and contentedness and it certainly reminds me each and every day of just how blessed and lucky I am to be here with Simon on this #looptheworld adventure.

simon ios walk

If you have any comments or questions please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

2013/14 NYE in Byron Bay with The Simon Wright Band and Marshal O’Kell

2013/14 NYE in Byron Bay with The Simon Wright Band and Marshal O'Kell

WE LOVE THE RAILS! If we were a football team this would be our home turf. I grew up in Byron and watched my dad play at the Rails when I was just a kid, I can remember watching him thinking “What the hell is he doing that makes them all dance so crazy”. Who’d have thought 20 years later I’d be doin the same thing. Still haven’t figured out what it is though. My dad will be joining me for this one which is even more special. As well as Shaneo on drums and Richard Rose on bass.
Also on the bill is local blues rocker Marshal O’Kell. This dude knows how to get a room sweaty, so I can promise you, between us, this New Years Eve at the Rails is going to be a sweaty, funky, groovy mess and I can’t wait!!
Tickets are only $25 and they are available from the venue from next week. You can not buy them online as they are hoping to keep it a local vibe. It will probably sell out, and it WILL be the place to be so if your not in town give the bar a call and they will reserve a ticket for you.
See you there.
Si

Chopper Koh Tao

Chopper Koh Tao

Starting tonight (Nov 28th 2013) I am playing some shows on Koh Tao in Thailand. I love it over here. I visited the first time a year ago whilst travelling with my good mate Woodberry (He’s a great comic from Melbourne check him out). We didn’t stay for very long, but long enough to introduce myself to Jeff (Affectionately known on the island as Chopper) and have a night out with him that ended up so drunk we almost missed our boat to Champong. Obviously the bar was named after notorious Melbourne underworld icon Mark “Chopper” Read. I tell the story over here, to faces I can tell think up making up phonies, that when I first moved to Melbourne 7 years ago, I lived just down the road from Uncle Chop Chop in Collingwood. Even drank a beer or two in his presence down at his local (Leinster Arms on Hotham st, Collingwood). Unfortunately Chopper passed not that long ago. I guess it’s fitting that I came to play some songs in a bar of his name. This ones for you Uncle Chop Chop. RIP.

Every Mon, Wed and Fri there is a pub crawl that arrives at Choppers at about 10pm with about 150 party people. So this is what I have to look forward to over the next few weeks. Makes me a little nervous but it looks like fun.

I’ll try my best to keep you guys updated on the action.