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Halloween has always exerted on me a strange fascination although we don't celebrate it in Greece and Cyprus. I wish we were, though. It must be such fun ! I was talking to an American friend of mine the other day and he remembered one of the Halloweens of his... Continue »
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Typepad - the best blogging platform in the world - has recently celebrated its 10th birthday. I felt like celebrating with them because for me, the Typepad team are like family. I first heard about Typepad at my hairdresser's while browsing the Greek version of Marie-Claire. That was back in... Continue »
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Many people believe that fatty foods are much tastier than their healthy version. But have they ever tried to adopt a healthier eating pattern in their daily diets? I don't think so because if they had they would have acknowledged the great benefits of a daily healthy diet. Healthy eating... Continue »
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I usually start classes early in the morning on Saturdays, so Fridays are almost like any other weekday. From September to May, they certainly don't herald the weekend as a time to relax or spend a wild night out, but, on the contrary, they invite me to go to bed... Continue »
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Spending Easter with Alkis' family in Greece has always been a wonderful holiday to look forward to and a great family get-together. On Thursday, May 2, we flew to Thessaloniki feeling excited about meeting family and friends who we hadn't seen for a year. Thanasis, Alkis' youngest brother, picked us... Continue »
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Last Monday was a national holiday celebrating Greece's Independence from the 368 years of Ottoman occupation. Just like on all special days, the Greeks celebrate with festive food and family reunions. According to Greek tradition, on 25 March, the special menu is cod fritters served with skordalia. Skordalia is a... Continue »
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Green Monday, also called Clean Monday, is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus as it marks the beginning of Lent. It is celebrated with family picnics in the countryside, kite-flying and Greek Lenten foods consisting of shellfish, vegetables and various greens. For many Greeks, this day also marks a... Continue »
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Tsiknopempti (Burnt Thursday) is the Greek equivalent of Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). It is celebrated eleven days before the start of Lent. The "Burnt" part refers to the grilling of meats (barbrcue), a big part of the celebration of this day. Photo Credit The weekend following "Burnt Thursday" will also... Continue »
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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 »
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February arrived in Cyprus with a huge grin and gorgeous sunny days. I could almost smell Spring in the cool breeze coming from the sea, flirting with my veranda throughout the weekend and spoiling us with mild temperatures rising to 20 degrees celsius on the coast. But just about as... Continue »
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It was early December when Alkis surprised me with a Christmas holiday in London. I was thrilled, to say the least, as I had only been to London once and that was almost 30 years ago. My only worry was whether I'd survive the 5-hour flight to Heathrow Airport. Considering... Continue »
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I've been often told that Christmas in London is magical. But mainly because of my fear of flying, I've never felt brave enough to fly for more than 4 hours. The last time I visited London was for a very sad reason, soon after my graduation from the University of... Continue »
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With temperatures rising to 27C in mid November, who would expect snow in Cyprus a month later? Since Thursday, it's been snowing on Troodos, almost uninterruptedly. Right slap in the middle of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus towers Mt Olympus. At just under 2000m it's able to collect enough snowfall... Continue »
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Since my early childhood, Christmas has been magical to me. Much of the magic was in mum's delicious cooking. I can still smell the clove and cinnamon in mum's kitchen , the delicious dishes she'd prepare for the family using her imagination and creative talent in cooking. But what really... Continue »
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Not long ago, I was invited to a social event where everything was just perfect except one thing. I didn't know anyone there and, to make things worse, no one bothered to make introductions. I felt awkward but I took things into my own hands and introduced myself. However, being... Continue »
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Leisure time seems to be a luxury for me these days. I usually start work at 9:30 am and come back home at 9:00 pm. What's more, I work on Saturdays and more often than not, I've got marking to finish on Sundays. But I always regard my work as... Continue »
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To be honest, dieting has never been my ultimate goal in life nor have I ever aspired to be as thin as a rail!. I tried it , though, years ago, in my mid thirties. All I managed to do was go on diet for five days and eat like... Continue »
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I am definitely not a pessimist. However, curiously enough, it is spring, not autumn that makes me sad. Spring has always been identified with youth, and the sorrows of youth are poignant and bitter. The daisies, the orchids and daffodils which challenge so bravely our boisterous and unpredictable March are... Continue »
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