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Anastasia
Larnaca, Cyprus
I am a language teacher, married, no kids.
Interests: classical music, gym, reading, Christmas, Greece, horse riding, travel, cooking, chess, poetry, literature, appfelstrudels, swiss fondu, fine dining,wines,Geneva, Switzerland,walking,healthy eating,Protaras,swimming,teaching,blogging,writing,jogging
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August 15 - Dekapentavgoustos in Greek - is the third most important holiday for the Greek Orthodox after Easter and Christmas. Often called the Small Easter, August 15 observes the dormition of Virgin Mary and her ascent to heavens. This day is celebrated throughout Greece and Cyprus with a variety... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Anastasia
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Fava is a Greek appetizer, which must not be confused with fava beans because it's nor made from fava beans. It is a yellow split pea purée and a delicious Greek veggie dish whose origins lie on the islands of Santorini and Skiros. Here's a recipe of the authentic Greek... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Anastasia
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Time has flown by in a flash since June 16 when school broke up. I had so many things to do: take a holiday on the magical island of Syros, , see good old friends I don't see very often when I work, blog more often, walk barefoot along the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Anastasia
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ERMOUPOLIS Ermoupolis ,the capital city of Syros, is the island's largest natural harbour and a town noted for its marvelous neoclassical buildings. Using the harbour as our starting point, we followed the coast road which led us to a flagstone street - Eleftheriou Venizelou - and from there we got... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Anastasia
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Galissas Beach is located at about 8 km from Ermoupolis. It is one of the most popular beaches on the island of Syros. Shallow, crystal-clear waters - probably the cleanest waters in Greece - compose a small paradise for families with young children. The beach is well-organized and provides facilities... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Anastasia
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Dolphin Bay Resort is built on a hill respecting the traditional Cycladic architecture and overlooks Galissas Beach – probably the best sandy beach on Syros. The beach, which is only a few steps away from the pool area, is well organised offering sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and other facilities. What’s more,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Anastasia
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Syros lies leisurely in the middle of the Cyclades and has an area of 86 km² and is 23km long. It is mostly a hilly island which features amazing bays, crystal-clear waters and two natural harbours – Ermoupoli to the east and Phinikas to the west. Unlike its neighbours –... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Anastasia
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As I was walking along the seafront this morning enjoying the early morning breeze, I couldn't tell where the blue seas ended and the blue skies began. I could only feel the rhythm of the foamy waves and the morning sun scattering diamonds across the water. In my teens I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Anastasia
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The first and important thing to know is that the table cutlery in formal dinners has a specific order. The ones that are away, that is, away from the plate, are the ones that we have to use first. And then we will continue with the rest following the same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Anastasia
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Regardless of colour, race, religion, social status, nationality or ideology, our main purpose in life is to be happy. To me, happiness is subjective and relative to what each one of us expects in life. It's variable as it changes with age. In my childhood, happiness was playing with my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Anastasia
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My post today has been prompted by a very interesting email I got by Jen Miller, which I would like to share with you. Drinking wine (red wine in particular) in moderation , 2 glasses daily, has proved to be by many researchers around the world a great shield against... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Anastasia
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One of my least favourite occupations is shopping at the supermarket. However much I enjoy shopping for books, clothes, cosmetics and accessories, going to the supermarket is a chore I share with Alkis. Alkis usually does the shopping when I work since most supermarkets here are open till 8:00 pm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Anastasia
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This is not really a traditional Greek recipe. It's a delicious blend of Greek and Middle East cooking slightly adapted from Argiro Barbarigou's recipe. It's very easy to make, it's healthy and, most importantly, it's so tasty! We can find colour bell peppers all year round at the supermarket but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Anastasia
The Statue of Liberty is awesome! Loved it! I remember how hard it was for me to take a decent photo of the Eiffel Tower. New York is a city I'd love to travel to one day, if I ever get over my fear of flying overseas!
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Long ago, I used to have a lot of penfriends from all around the world. I'd receive 70-80 letters weekly and answered them all. But since I connected to the Internet in 2000, emailing has been a much faster way to keep in touch with friends and family or make... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Anastasia
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Most people consider spring to be the best season of the year. It's that time of year again, they say, when Mother Nature is reborn, flowers are in full bloom, you can enjoy the countryside and breathe fresh air. Longer days invite you to go out and socialise or work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Anastasia
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"Flaounes" - Easter cheese pies - can only be found in Cyprus. It's our number one Easter treat. I don't think there's a Cypriot who can do without flaounes for Easter! According to tradition, they're baked on Holy Friday to be enjoyed on Easter Day and the days to follow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Anastasia
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To take away our sins, Christ willingly endured spitting, scourging, buffeting, scorn, mocking, and purple robe; the reed, sponge, vinegar, nails, spear, and above all, the Cross and Death. The confession from the cross of the penitent thief, crucified with Christ, is celebrated. This service is long, but its content... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Anastasia
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I had a wonderfully carefree childhood and a relatively easy adolescence despite the fact that I experienced war at the age of sixteen. Thinking positive has helped me to mature a lot and realise that what matters most in life is counting my blessings instead of crying over spilt milk.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Anastasia
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No doubt the Greeks wanted their freedom from the very beginning of the Ottoman rule, but in the 18th century the idea of a free Greece grew into an organised plan. With Russian help a revolt started in 1770, which failed. Inspired by the French revolution and the heroic poems... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Anastasia
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Ayia Napa is a popular summer resort in the eastern Mediterranean. Located at about 35km east of Larnaca, it is a pole of attraction for locals and tourists alike. It was named after the icon of Virgin Mary of Napi and it is also noted for its monastery. The monastery... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Anastasia
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Many people in Cyprus fast during the Great Lent (50 days preceding the Greek Orthodox Easter), which started on Green Monday, February 27. They abstain from meat, eggs, fish, cheese and dairy products. Shellfish is excluded as it is bloodless. I only fast during the Holy Week, however Calamari is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Anastasia
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"Ten years ago, I was privileged to speak at the Beijing Conference on Women. In that speech, as the representative of our government, I tried to explain clearly, for the world to hear, that there could no longer be women's rights and human rights as though they were not one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Anastasia
I had to cut down on soft drinks, like cola, 34 years ago when I went through gallbladder surgery for gallstones - there was no laparoscopic surgery back in 1983. The doctor said I had to give up cola. You're right, old habits die hard. But since then, I have replaced cola with mineral water - I drink 2-3 litres of mineral water daily, and, occasionally a glass or two of red wine.
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"I will fight and fall like a Greek". (Grigoris Afxentiou in a letter to his wife, Vasiliki) Photo Credit Grigoris Afxentiou is the pre-eminent hero of the EOKA struggle 1955-1959 to liberate Cyprus from British colonial rule in an effort to unite the island with Greece. Afxentiou was born in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Anastasia