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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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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 6 days ago 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
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Weather-wise, March in Cyprus can be one of the most unreliable and unpredictable months of the whole year! Sometimes, in early March, you may enjoy a swim in the sea as the water temperature is about 18-19°C and in the afternoon you may feel like going skiing in the mountains!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Anastasia
The funky nurse costume is also my favourite. The uniform included a mini skirt, white boots and a syringe! Pity I don't have a photo of me dancing with a lady dressed up as a nun!!! :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2017 on My Carnival at Anastasia
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Today is 'Kathara Deftera' (Green or Clean Monday) also called "Ta Koulouma" It marks the end of Apokries (Carnival) and the first day of Lent So for many people fasting starts today for the next 40 days up to Easter Day on April 20th. Traditionally no meat, eggs or dairy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Anastasia
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I must admit I'm not a great carnival fan. Born and reared in Nicosia – the capital city of Cyprus – I've never been keen on Carnival and hated dressing up as a princess or witch or whatever when I was a child! No one celebrates Carnival in Nicosia, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Anastasia
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Regardless of whether you are for or against celebrating Valentine's Day, I believe that love is a blessing and deserves to be honoured on a special day. As far as I am concerned, I look forward to Saint Valentine's Day soon after New Year's party! It's that time of year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Anastasia
This is what I call a very inspiring, yet functional kitchen! Great decor!
Thank you for this very interesting post. I'm a great fan of healthy eating and, although I hardly ever eat fruit, I have included lots of veggies in my daily diet. Many people think that healthy food is bland, insipid or simply tasteless. How wrong they are! Healthy food is much tastier. What's more, as far as I am concerned, combined with regular exercise, I lost 13 kilos in 12 months - slowly but steadily - without having to follow a strict or silly diet. Besides, my cholesterol and triglycerides levels significantly dropped and I haven't regained weight in the last four years.
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Not long ago, I'd die for juicy steaks and bearnaise sauce, crispy chips and burgers, pizza and garlic bread, mousaka and pastitsio - not to mention all sorts of unhealthy fast food and desserts such as chocolate cake, apple pie, baklava... Whenever I put on weight, I'd go on some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Anastasia
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I never used to cook. Actually, I hated cooking! For years on end, I used to get my mother to cook or have food delivered. However, in the last five years or so, cooking has become a favourite occupation. It helps me relax and unwind after a long day at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Anastasia
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Troodos is the largest mountain range in Cyprus, located in roughly the centre of the island. Troodos' highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres, which hosts four ski slopes. The village of Platres is situated on the fringe of the forest on the southern slopes of the Troodos mountain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Anastasia
Thanks a million for this very helpful and enlightening post on healthy eating for millenials. A sixteen-year-old student of mine is not just overweight, she's obese. How can I help her without being rude or offensive?
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I wish you lived close by so that I could send you some of these delicacies!
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2017 on Greek Cypriot Healthy Appetizers at Anastasia
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For the last ten years or so, my husband and I have adopted a healthy eating pattern without this meaning that we don't occasionally indulge in a less healthy diet to our heart's content! Developing healthy eating habits isn't as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Anastasia
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Yet another year starts bringing with it hopes, dreams, expectations, aspirations, wishes for happiness, goodness, prosperity and, surely, an anticipation of a better future. Not only does this entail hope but also a reason to keep smiling, even in hard times, in addition to thinking positive and living life to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Anastasia
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Jan 6, 2017