A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Transport


As this blog (and its owner) continues to take a much needed hiatus from all things Nepali, I thought I’d focus on Greek transportation for this week’s challenge.  In particular the local ferry, which is a much needed lifeline between our island and the mainland, carrying produce, meat and dairy in refrigerated trucks as well as building supplies, gasoline– – you name it — to the local economy.

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And so 6-8 times a day, its a game of “everybody off, everybody on” as the ferry disembarks and reloads on each side.  Full trucks come onto the island, and empty trucks leave. Then there’s the motorbikes, three-wheelers, miscellaneous freight and pedestrians that travel back and forth too. I tried to capture a little of the chaos on the dock:

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The motorcycles are made to wait for the trucks to unload….

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….but once they’re on, its a free-for-all as the bikes and pedestrians head up the ramp.

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…then on comes the next load.

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Of course, it would be so much more civilized if they didn’t let drivers park on the dock. I couldn’t take this picture until they had let me embark. By then all the trucks had left, so it doesn’t look so chaotic. A few minutes before it was a madhouse of badly maneuvering trucks, parked cars, and jostling motorbikes.

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And then for the umpteenth time, the ramp goes up and the ferry heads back across. Suddenly everything is calm and picturesque again. (Almost) like all the chaos never happened.

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Sometimes it feels like this guy has the best job in the world.

2 thoughts on “A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Transport

  1. Pingback: A Word a Week Photography Challenge–Transport | WoollyMuses

  2. Why would Hawaii not have any ferry transportation between their islands? We heard of many different reasons, but haven’t done the research to understand the true dilemma..

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