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.

Happy New Year to Every Stroller

The way you practiced over the holidays

Practice with your favourite club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cyprus Strollers welcome the New Year and wish every Stroller and every follower health, peace and many pleasant hikes in 2020.

The club website has concluded 2019 with 9,064 visitors and 31,878 views.

The Cyprus Strollers concluded their 11th season of activities, over October – December 2019, with lots to smile about:

12 hikes, 135 km walked, for a total of 38 hours.

Cumulatively, over all 11 seasons, our accomplishment is as follows:

173 hikes, 1679 km walked, for a total of 542 hours of innumerable fun.

The new Schedule for January – May 2020 is published; you may download and study it here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. Join us on 12 January for the start of the 12th season and Vasilopita https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lythrodontas-12-jan-2020/ . Compliments to Stathis for the holidays spirit picture.

Hiking Can be Made Pleasant – watch how

Hiking can be made Pleasant. Watch Xenophon discuss how, in an interview with journalist Elpida Iacovidou on RIK channel on 14 Jan. 2019. Click on the link below (video in Greek). https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6491024767699812353/

A Hiking Club like no other

As we approach the start of this club’s 9th season of activities, the identity of The Cyprus Strollers is well documented, by our record of accomplishments.

Regular Strollers have come to recognize us as the only hiking club in Cyprus with a dedicated website, in English, organizing a hike in the countryside, every weekend, from October through May. Over the past 4 years the club has conducted

  • 129 activities,
  • covering 1225 km,
  • hiking for 404 hours.

Interestingly, hiking as a sport is experiencing growth, in consequence, and hikers now have more choice.

Then, there are further aspects to the personality of The Cyprus Strollers, exemplified by:

The club’s intervention in the public dialogue that followed the devastating forest fire of 19-22 June 2016, via this article https://cyprus-strollers.org/2016/07/08/politics-vs-forests-thoughts-from-the-fires/

The club’s intervention in the public dialogue that followed news about our overweight kids, via this article https://cyprus-strollers.org/2018/07/02/call-to-action-for-parents-of-overweight-kids-sample-the-delights-of-hiking/

Our organization of the first ever poetic hike, of which you can read here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lythrodontas-2-hikes-sunday-15-jan/

Brief intervals of cultural reading, happening during hiking, e.g. here https://cyprus-strollers.org/2018/03/26/unique-cyprus-strollers-prophitis-elias-25-march/

The club’s intervention in the public dialogue on the occasion of the International Mountain Day, see here https://cyprus-strollers.org/2017/12/10/mountains-under-pressure-climate-hunger-and-migration/

The organization of extraordinary activities, e.g. https://cyprus-strollers.org/2017/04/14/good-friday-stroll-72-epitaphios-in-old-nicosia/

If you identify with these initiatives, if you see yourself here, and would like to contribute to “Hiking made Pleasant”, join us on 7 October on our first event of the 9th season.

Inspirational Cyprus Strollers

To wrap up the season that started January, in which we realised 20 excursions and covered a total of 206 km in 75 hours of hiking, a well-deserved celebration was held during lunch on 27 May. This was a time for reflection, for thanking and for giving. George contributed a delicious chocolate gateau, with a lit candle on top. Then Ian H (who turned out to be camera shy) followed with surprise gifts to the club’s Founder and Director. There was a greetings card, signed by dozens of members, bearing the central message “Thank you for your organisation and your inspiration” and other touching messages from all. A second gift was a large 94X64 cm frame bearing a selection of past photographs from our hikes; this now adorns a wall in Xenophon’s apartment. Yet a third gift was an album bearing many colour 30X21 cm printouts of photographs from past activities.

Xenophon was for once lost for words, immersed in a sea of warm sentiments. The feeling now is that this club has grown enough, to be an important part of the leisure and creative life of so many wonderful persons, past, present and new members, from all Continents! Have a nice summer and join us again in October for the next season. Compliments to Ian H and George. Compliments also to Koula, Christos and Clara for the photos.

 

Happy New Year to Every Stroller!

The Cyprus Strollers welcome the New Year and wish every Stroller and every follower health, peace and many pleasant hikes in 2018.

The Cyprus Strollers concluded their 7th season of activities, over October – December 2017, with lots to smile about:

12 hikes,

of which 5 new;

115 km walked,

for a total of 36 hours.

Cumulatively, over all 7 seasons, our accomplishment is as follows:

109 hikes,

1018 km walked,

for a total of 329 hours

of innumerable fun.

The new Schedule for January – May 2018 is published; you may download and study it here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. There are 20 excursions planned, of which 6 are new; there are 12 walk Leaders in charge, which is a club record! Join us on 7 January for the start of the 8th season https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/selladi-karamanli-polystypos-linear-trail-7-jan/.