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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 »
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Dolmadakia Yialatzi is a vegetarian dish and a popular Greek meze which consists of vine leaves stuffed with rice, onions, parsley, dill, fresh mint, olive oil and / or pine kernels and black currants. Today, I'll show you step by step how to make this delicious Greek meze. Dolmadakia Yialantzi... Continue »
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As second term reports are round the corner, I've been burning the midnight oil all this week in order to meet deadlines and finish my marking before April 15. "Why worry about deadlines? After all, you are your own boss!", friends and family often remark. The truth is I don't... 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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Today was one of those lovely, sunny days in early spring, albeit a bit windy. It was one of those days which make you unwilling to stay indoors, so Alkis and I decided to spend it in the nearby countryside. Agios Theodoros Beach Agios Theodoros Beach Agios Theodoros Beach Agios... 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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Alan Bennett said in Writing Home that one of the pleasures of reading diaries is that they are like conversations - even if the conversation is with oneself. Keeping a diary for me has always been a creative necessity, a place of exploration or simply a place to express my... 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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This is one of my most favourite winter dishes. It's healthy and filling and so easy to make. This recipe has been slightly adapted from Cyprus Cooking for Friends by Sandra Lysandrou. Photo from Cyprus Cooking for Friends by Sandra Lysandrou INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh green broad beans 5 artichokes... Continue »
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London is, surely, one of Europe's most remarkable metropolitan cities. One week is certainly not enough to discover all the beauties of one of the world's culturally richest metropolises. Day 4 - Thursday. 27 December, 2012 I had been looking forward to visiting the Tower of London since we booked... Continue »
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Day 3 - Boxing Day Trafalgar Square That was quite a day! We left the hotel soon after breakfast and came back late at night. We started our day with a stroll at Trafalgar Square. This square commemorates the victory of the British navy at the Battle of Trafalgar against... 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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So far December has been a pleasantly hectic month both at home and at the work place. Apart from marking tests and compositions, I spent last weekend decorating the school and getting it ready for our Christmas party on December 21st. It's also the time when my junior students learn... Continue »
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Christmas is round the corner and that time of year again in Greece and Cyprus to feel the divine smell of homemade Christmas sweets like kourabiedes and melomakarona. Despite my very busy schedule at work, I made time and baked some. But I used different recipes this year - easy... Continue »
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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 »
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