Participants on the Delikipos hike on 22 January displayed a remarkable Club coherence through the shower, which visited us twice. Everyone was well prepared and remained positive, on an activity which offered us many pleasures, among them, one very fragrant rose. Eleven-year old Panayiotis summed feelings up with a spontaneous “yes” when, at the end, he was asked whether the walk leader had done the right thing to carry on with the walk in the light rain. No wonder that, under such circumstances, Strollers were rewarded with an extension of the planned hike for several km, as well as a sumptuous lunch and witty table conversations. Compliments to Anna, Nicos and Michalis for the photos. Join us on 30 Jan. on Mahairas https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/mandra-kampiou-circle-sunday-30-jan/
A very large gathering of Strollers, spread across all age groups, including regulars, members who were making a comeback and first-timers, defied a strong wind and hiked Aetomoutti and Ithaca on 16 January, in high spirits: such is the therapeutic impact of a Club committed to ‘hiking made pleasant’. There was also camaraderie on display, with Anna losing one glove, and Panayiotis further back in the line picking it up. Compliments also to our photographers Yulia, Franco, Yannis and Anna. Join us on 22 Jan at Delikipos and register on time for the Vasilopita treat https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/delikipos-sat-22-jan/
On a splendid day, weather-wise, a cheerful group of Strollers hiked on Pipis, led by Angelos, on 8 January. This marked the start of the 16th consecutive season of steady weekly activities for the Club: not a small feat. Join us on 16 Jan. for the hike and vasilopita https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lythrodontas-2-hikes-sunday-16-jan/
Read this interesting piece of research from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/dec/20/contact-with-nature-cities-reduces-loneliness-study-mental-health. I quote one finding: “when people were able to see trees or the sky, or hear birds, feelings of loneliness fell by 28%. Feelings of social inclusion also cut loneliness by 21%, and when these feelings coincided with contact with nature the beneficial effect was boosted by a further 18%”. Faithful of The Cyprus Strollers know about these positive outcomes very well.
The hike along the coast of Governor’s on 18 December turned into a spectacle of all shades of blue, as the sea and the sky were illustrative of the variable weather conditions. Let the photos, compliments of Dorothea and Yannis reveal the sensations experienced. Lunch was a great treat of fish and seafood, which added sparkle to the moods of diners, epitomized by the good humour of Giannis, who put on a most appropriate shirt for the occasion. Best wishes to all for the holiday period. Join us on 8 January as we commence the January – May 2022 season.
One of the prettiest hikes was our destination on 12 December; it combined visit to a religious treasure, climb down to the springs of Pedieos river, and stops at 2 picturesque, well preserved villages, Lazanias and Fikardou. Strollers fittingly celebrated the International Mountain Day (11 Dec.) and exchanged fond reflections over an impressive buffet that followed. Compliments to Antonis for leading this event and to Yulia and Anna for the photos. Join us on 18 Dec. on a coastal hike https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/governors-coast-18-dec/
All Strollers on the hike at Xylogefyro on 4 December see no disparity in the title statement. Under an all cloudy sky, and moderate temperatures, a difficult walk was made to look rather easy. A wow accomplishment and compliments to all contributors around the lunch table, for their cultural stories. Seeing is believing, so join us on 12 Dec. at Mahairas https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/mahairas-lazanias-fikardou-12-dec/. Special thanks to Nicos for leading this activity, and to Antonis, Yannis and Anna for the photos.
A strong and varied group hiked at Teisia on 28 November, with a clear sky and enticing temperatures. Participants welcomed Evita, who chose to hike while airing her choice of music, and some even placed their requests. That’s life with The Cyprus Strollers, the club with a fresh beat. Compliments to Gunnar for leading the activity and to Anna for the photos. Join us on 4 Dec. at Xylogefyro https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/pedoulas-xylogefyro-4-dec/
The impressive collection of experiences Strollers gathered on 20 November, while hiking at Kionia, was summarized in a few splendid words by Varnavas. When we were all into dry clothes, enjoying a superb meal, his spontaneous remarks were “if it wasn’t for the rain over the closing 45 minutes of hiking, we would risk forgetting what now has become an unforgettable event”. Compliments to Antonis for leading the day and to Dimitris, Antonia, Paola, Nana and Elena for the photos. Join us on 28 Nov. at Teisia https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/madari-teisia-28-nov/
On 14 November the Club conducted a climb to Mnimata Piskopon for the first time in its history of 15 seasons. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the day, aided by the weather befitting the season. Curious as to what the hike’s name means? Look out for our return hike to this destination next year, to find out. Can’t wait for this long? Join us on our next event here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kionia-prophitis-elias-20-nov/. Compliments to Dimitris, Anna, Nana and Antonis for the photos.