On Sunday 3 July 2022, in the early afternoon, a glacier in the Italian Dolomites broke off, causing the loss of the lives of 10 hikers. The incident was one more outcome of the ongoing phenomenon of global warming. This Club deplores the general lack of determination by the world powers, to reach consensus on an urgent corrective plan. We need actions, not declarations, from those in power.
The glacier had progressively become unstable, and the poor snow season last winter precipitated its collapse. Italian authorities had measured the loss of about 30% of the volume of glaciers, over a period of 10 years. The emerging picture is that glaciers have become too dangerous to explore on foot.
To help through the intense, often unlivable summer heat, here is a recommended relevant reading; a 2016 book by Italian Paolo Cognetti, titled Le otto montagne (The eight mountains). It is available also in Greek, from Patakis publishing firm. (Photo from The Guardian)
So many important people defied the hot weather and took part on Sunday 29 May at the final activity of the season January – May 2022, at Pezounokremos. There was poetry, singing, sharing of souvenirs, and a great deal of generosity flowed around the lunch table. Xenophon is so grateful for the calibre of members of this Club! Compliments to Andriana and Anna for the photos. We break for the summer, aiming to resume hiking in October. And what I want to tell you ǁ The most beautiful of all ǁ I’ve not told you yet…
A lively gathering of Strollers, regular members as well as newcomers, of 6 different nationalities and an unbeatable spread of ages, enjoyed Kampos Livadiou on 22 May. The collective experience was built up from an array of impressions, views, exchanges and effort; so much so, that looking back at the day, one feels that everybody and everything contributed to create a whole, which is larger than the sum of its parts. Compliments to Elena, Nana and Andriana for the photos. Join us on Sunday for a celebration around the table, to mark the finale of this season of 20 activities https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/selladi-karamanli-linear-and-pezounokremos-circle-sunday-29-may/
Strollers had a lovely day out at Almyrolivado (name literally translates to salty meadow) on Sunday 8 May. A stream, a mini waterfall and a pond proved very popular, in particular with the dog on the hike. A 500 years old juniper needed 4 of us to encircle it. The meal that followed was a wonderful reward. Members bid farewell to Yannis, who is returning to Greece, leaving us with fond memories. Compliments to Nicos and Yannis for the photos. Join us next at Atalanti https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/atalanti-sat-14-may/
Each new visit to Madari is a memorable experience that demands of the Stroller to allow yourself this immersion into its surrounding attractions. To admire the paeony flowers is one good reason to want to be back. The event of 30 April stood up to its promises. Compliments to Antonis for leading one leg of the hike and to Anna for the photos. Join us next at Almyrolivado https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/almyrolivado-2-hikes-sunday-8-may/
The outing at Pouziaris, a favourite for many, attracted on 16 April loyal as well as first-time Strollers, most from nearby Limassol. The group blended nicely; perhaps on account of the weather, perhaps affected by the many bridges we used to cross Kryos Potamos river, perhaps also by the rich exchanges at the table. Such is the appeal of this Club, that one new member attended, hours after landing at Larnaca airport. Compliments to Pitsa, Anna and Antonis for the photos. Join us next on 30 April for a 1st time experience.
This Club missed hiking at Asinou, since the scheduled activity there a year ago was canceled due to the covid lockdown. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and down Adelphi forest, as well as the warm welcome and lunch at our favourite taverna. To note, this was the 1st lunch in 2022 outdoors, by the taverna’s beautiful lawn. Compliments to Demetris, Andri and Andriana for the photos. Join us next at Platres https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/kryos-potamos-pouziaris-sat-16-april/
Suddenly Spring weather descended on us at the 2 hikes of 2 April at Gerakies and the stream of Moutoullas. Surely a coincidence, attendance by university students soared; and the Club hit a record of students from 3 different universities in one event. The stream of Moutoullas proved a worthy treat, for all the sweating before. A 2nd treat was the humorous and inspired conversations which flowed freely around the lunch table. Compliments to Alena, Koula and Anna for the photos. Join us next at Asinou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/panagia-asinou-agios-theodoros-sunday-10-april/
There was an impressive turnout of junior Club members at Platres on 27 March. The weather offered relief from the very cold spell of the previous two weeks in the cities. Consequently, all welcomed the extension of the hike (beyond plan) to reach a picnic site with a stream of water pouring down an adjacent slope, on the side. Compliments to Anna for the photos. Join us next at Gerakies https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/gerakies-and-moutoullas-sat-2-april/