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.

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:


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


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


…then on comes the next load.


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.


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.


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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