"I agree with the thread, especially regarding the continual naivity of people moving to Corfu and what they are expecting, as it never ceases to amaze me."
Yes, some of us intending to move to Corfu may well be naive about the island and the way of life there - but surely that's why the forum members very kindly offer advice learned from their own experiences to help us avoid many of the pitfalls and snares of moving to a new country?
Very often people can adapt quite easily, but others set their expectations far too high and cannot cope if things don't live up to them, there's nothing worse than feeling isolated to make people regret their move, but that too can be avoided if people are prepared to work at it and become involved with, and part of, the community they're living in.
When I moved from England to Scotland, believe it or not, it was much like moving abroad - a totally different way of life.........I'd only ever spent a week here prior to the move..............much like those who visit Corfu for a week and then up sticks and emigrate........... and yes there was a language barrier too, at first I just nodded and agreed with everything my neighbours said, and prayed I didn't offend anyone in the meantime.............. until I got my head around the very strong local accent and phrases!!
Now after spending twelve years in the North of Scotland and enduring winters that last from October until May, with heavy weeks-on-end snowfalls and blizzards, and temperatures in this area dropping as low as -25 - and summers that are like the Greek winters, it's time to move on - and I really would like to spend the rest of my life in a warm, and relatively snow free zone!
Scenic and peaceful as they are I've seen enough real life Christmas card snow scenes to last the rest of my life..........!
(Isn't the climate one of the main reasons why people move to Corfu!!!!??)
By the way - it's not our only reason for choosing Corfu, but that's another story!
We also suffer from electricity failures, phones going down and water shortages here - so Corfu won't be much different in that respect!
I've loved living here, but like everywhere else it has it's pros and cons, it's really beautiful, safe, slow and very laid back, (you think builders etc are slow out there? when a tradesman here says he'll be "back in a wee whiley" you need to ask how many days/weeks he means!.........) but it's also so very cold..............sweaters in July and August - during the day - a hot summer here ( more than a week of continuous sunshine!) is a novelty. We'll be getting our first frosts soon...........!
I do know that Corfu can suffer from extremes of weather, and I'm not expecting tropical weather all year round, but I would be interested in knowing which villages and areas are likeliest to have falls of snow (mountain areas obviously) and are "no go " areas during the winter months - where the "snow line" is so to speak, what's accessible, what's not - mainly so that I can avoid the mistake of setting my heart on a property in one of these areas!
Mind you the odd fall of snow is a good excuse to hole up in front of a log fire with a bottle of wine and a good book, assuming you have light to read by!
I know the coastal resorts close down for the most part during the winter, and bus services, ferries and flights are reduced - but is there anything else that we can expect to find only running at half speed or only open/available/accessible in the summer months?
Any info or advice most welcome.