Two Clubs with 10 participants each – Almyrolivado 23 May

Following a 9-weeks shutdown, it was very encouraging to observe not only The Cyprus Strollers, but also one other well-run hiking club, each with just 10 participants, hiking at Almyrolivado on 23 May. Both clubs respected the government imposed limit of 10 and set off at a 15-min distance from one another. The hike and picnic experience was cheerful and enriching.

A Time to Reflect

I will start with a few thoughts already expressed rather widely. This pandemic is wholly democratic, it strikes the rich as it does the poor. Perhaps there is no parallel in the entire world history, not because there have not been epidemics with a greater death toll, but because the overuse of the opportunity to fly at an affordable cost has contributed extensively to the rapid spread of the disease. It is impossible to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, because masses of people have/are behaving carelessly.

Even when we, hopefully, reach a hiatus in the summer, there would be no guarantee that a mutant would not strike again in 2021. In whatever circumstances, nonetheless, the blow to the economy and family incomes will be disastrous (loss of employment, reduced salaries, shortage of goods, frugal consumption). At this point, the burden will be much heavier on the lower income families, and all talk of a democratic pandemic will cease.

So what can one do, today, as we stay locked inside? There are people who live in panic. The realization of death is a serious awakening. Could this be attributed to a belief that one would live endlessly? Or, rather, the conscience of a life conducted selfishly, with little regard for the other? Do we see in this crisis the need for greater sympathy, compassion, humble behaviour? Will man/woman carry on in the conceit that they are gods? Can covid-19 signal the start of a new approach to life, where we cherish every day, are thankful for the eternal pleasures of life, and express our gratitude for the gifts in one’s life?

The Cyprus Strollers is founded on the premise of giving and sharing. Possibly many of you feel a longing for all the goodness the club has offered you. The photo shows a tree bending in ‘modesty’. We wish every member and your loved ones a healthy sojourn through the pandemic. We hope to be able to resume normal operations soon. In the meantime, do take this opportunity at the space ‘leave a comment’ below this text, to express any short or longer thought, to share with all.

A Sad Equinox

The Club has decided to cancel the event of 22 March. The covid-19 news call for prudency. Note, this is not a message of cancellation of the other scheduled activities coming up. We will be assessing the situation each week and acting accordingly. There will be no broad e-mail dispatches to act as reminders. Please visit the website to get the information updates. Thank you for your understanding. Today marks the spring equinox. The photo shows wisteria, Xenophon’s favourite climbing plant, expected to blossom over the next few weeks. Let us pray for better times to come for all soon.

Be Nice to Each Other – Trimiklini 14 March

Amid the widespread fear of covid-19 we had a surprisingly large turnout for the hike at Trimiklini on 14 March. Just another vote of trust in the Cyprus Strollers, the only hiking club on the island bringing you a firm schedule of weekly hiking activities committed months in advance, a dedicated website, a high sense of responsibility and an international members list combined. Thank you to all. Rewards were plentiful, among them the spotting of the quite rare lilac anemone. Discussions not surprisingly centered around the virus threat and measures announced. Reassuringly, the parting message was drawn from Mr. & Mrs., a popular TV series of a few decades ago, which closed every week with the same urge: Be Nice to Each Other. Compliments to Britt and Dimitris for leading this successful outing. Compliments also to Anna, Maria and Stathis for the photos. Join us on 22 March alongside Pedieos Gorge, for which the club is enforcing a strict procedure of pre-registration and approvals, in response to the virus threat https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/pedieos-gorge-mahairas-22-march/

Treasures of Faith and Wealth of Water – Galata 8 March

A very large gathering of Strollers of over ten nationalities, including new members, on Sunday 8 March, experienced two so popular places, Galata and Kakopetria, in a way that no tourist visit could achieve. Inside the churches on the World Heritage list the story telling unfolded precious icons and scenes of faith. While hiking along the banks of the river revealed beauty as natural as it can be. Compliments to Anna, Nana, Antonis, Stathis and Panayiotis for the photos. Join us on 14 March at Trimiklini https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/trimiklini-14-mar/

A Most Romantic Spot – Moutoullas 1 March

The club’s decision to move the two hikes at Gerakies and Moutoullas from Saturday (forecast with all-day rain) to Sunday ought not make anyone feel smart; it was simply fortuitous; as it turned out, the day was sunny and dry; but there was a flip side to our luck, because our taverna of choice could not accommodate us on the Sunday and we had to compromise with another venue; which proved below the standards you have come to expect and enjoy with the club. Notwithstanding the dining experience, we all agreed to return to base holding on to the very romantic impressions we experienced at the short stroll around the waters of Moutoullas; which one justly called a corner of paradise. Compliments to all diners for your understanding. Compliments to Nicoletta, Maria, Nana and Antonis for the photos. Join us on 8 March at Galata https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/galata-cultural-stroll-8-march/