The following poem is contributed by Christos, a regular Stroller. It is titled “Wisdom of the Mountains”. The photo was taken by Christos, one morning on Madari, as the moon was setting, earlier this month. Have you got a contribution to make?
There are no words when reaching the top.
There are no words while climbing towards your goal.
There are no words when you stop, turn your body, focusing, looking and experiencing a glorious sunset.
There are no words when you are hungry and eat a simple bread.
There are no words when you are thirsty and drinking the humble water.
There are no words when hugging your fellow traveller.
There are no words when changing clothes after sweating.
There are no words when you are lost and you have to decide, you then have to trust your instinct. It is the only thing you’ve got.
Even the steepest side becomes easy when we create a zigzag path.
Believe that the top is the only purpose and you then miss the journey. The real purpose of climbing is just to climb.
Believe that the journey is the only purpose and you then miss the top. The real purpose of climbing is to reach the top.
There are endless routes to the Top. Our route is only one of them, not “The One”.
Mountain is not good or bad, tall or short, green or brown. Like life they are what they are. New, every second.
There are no words, when feeling the mountain.
There are no words, when walking in the mountain.
There are no words……
A custom from our childhood years came to being on Good Friday (14 April), when an impromptu stroll was conducted around Nicosia Within-the-Walls. During the afternoon, and before the start of the evening church service, we visited 7 Orthodox churches, the Maronite church and the Catholic church of the Holy Cross, and venerated their Epitaphios. Let the photos do the talking. Best wishes for a Happy Easter.
There surely is a lot of truth in numbers. After 4 Seasons, the Cyprus Strollers have counted 64 excursions, 582 kilometres walked and 190 hours of hiking! A snapshot summary of a marvelous accomplishment. But there are things which numbers cannot tell. Such as:
The trails, forest roads, dirt roads, the uphills and downhills we walked;
Circular and linear paths;
On soil, rock, stone, sand, wood, cement and asphalt;
On Troodos, Madari (Pitsilia), Mahairas, Adelphi, at Marathasa, Cape Greco, Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia;
In all sorts of weather: sunshine, clouds, wind, drizzle, rain, snow, cold and heat;
Immersed in nature, history and culture;
Visiting natural treasures, Byzantine churches, archaeological and historical sites;
Encountering geological and volcanic phenomena;
Admiring endemic trees and plants, forests, streams, rivers, waterfalls, dams, lakes and panoramic views;
Sweating, talking, chatting, singing, smiling, making friends or just reflecting;
Hiking, picnicking and dining.
You have, probably, hundreds of photos that capture these moments. More than that, you have the countless memories of instances, small and big, which only you have captured, through the unique lenses of your eyes and soul. Instances of getting and instances of giving.
That is the magic of Hiking made Pleasant. If you believe in the value of such experiences, join the Cyprus Strollers for their 5th Season, starting 2 October.
Does a story or comment spring to your mind, as you read this? Feel free and submit your text here, to share with others.
At the doorstep of our 5th Season of Activities, commencing 2nd October 2016, the Cyprus Strollers take a look at the 4 memorable Seasons past, and cheerfully declare our performance in numbers:
582 kilometres walked
190 hours of hiking
We take the opportunity to extend our thanks to all Strollers who have contributed to this accomplishment. Come back to this website on 1st September, to read and download the Activities Schedule for October – December 2016, and discover Hiking made Pleasant and the many thrills it brings.
An area of at least 15 sq. km – huge, for the size of Cyprus – has been lost to the fires which are burning a north-east part of Troodos mountain range, despite fire-fighting from the air and land. The Cyprus Strollers lament the loss of beautiful forests and trails which we have walked and cherished.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.