In these exceptional times, with hiking discontinued, here is an exceptional post: the link to a fresh look on Linked In at the explosion of covid-19 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/third-world-war-exaggeration-summarising-reality-times-hasapis/
Owing to the weather forecast, at time of writing, which indicates a sharp contrast between Saturday (steady rain in the morning, 80% probability) and Sunday (sunny, zero probability for rain), the Gerakies Moutoullas outing is moved to Sunday. Nicosia meeting point is moved accordingly to the usual for Sundays (at Archangelos).
If you are spending this summer in Cyprus, you are probably developing thoughts about your weather preferences, along such lines: Do I prefer the hot summers or the cold winters? The humidity of the summers or the dry winters? How sustainable can summer life be when confined to air-conditioned spaces? What kind of summer weather do we experience, when the temperature difference between the coast and the high mountains is a mere two degrees?
Such is the changing summer weather on this island, and you are rightly concerned.
Next, you cast a wider eye, and reach out to the Amazon. This gigantic forest has experienced a reported number of about 45,000 forest fires this year, so far! You wonder why, and consider possible explanations, such as: not all of these fires can be the result of natural causes; why are the authorities not doing their utmost to mobilize international aid to put out these fires? What benefits could some evil minds be contemplating, for the day after this massive deforestation? Would it be plantations for human consumption? And construction works, in the name of development?
The Cyprus Strollers share a deep appreciation for the Cyprus forests. We understand that the health of our forests in Cyprus is very closely linked to the prosperity of the Amazon rain forests.
The issue is obviously extending beyond the personal; it affects each life on earth, and therefore becomes political. It is time to demand new actions. For in the words of poet John Donne (1624): “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”.
The Japanese have known for years that spending mindful time in the woods is beneficial for body and soul. Now western doctors agree. As do, of course, the members of The Cyprus Strollers. Read this exciting new article from The Observer and don’t miss out on the activities of the 11th season of your club, commencing October https://cyprus-strollers.org/in-the-news/forest-bathing-shinrin-yoku-can-make-us-feel-better/
The turnout at Platres on Sunday 14 April was impressive, because so many Strollers fancied a hike to a waterfall, along a river, in a forest, offering charming views from high up to a picturesque village that inspires poets and romantics, followed by a delicious lunch that catered to the needs of vegetarians and vegans. Compliments to Stathis for the photos. Join us on 20 April at Kykkos https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kykkos-xistarouda-20-april/
All of us are watching, to a larger or smaller degree, the games and what takes place at the World Cup. Are there elements worth our attention beyond the football? Click on the two links below and see for yourself.