C: 10K for Unicef

Limassol

Lovely people of the internet, life is about being planning things spontaneously. So I’ve made plans and although it’s a month in advance this is quite a sudden plan to be making.

During one of my power point presentation assignments on HIV I remembered an old video by UNICEF and tried to track it down. It reminded me of the charities work and how important it is. This year I’m lucky enough to be heading to Limassol in Spring and it just so happens the dates are right and I will be in town for the Limassol Marathon. I’ve booked my place and I’ll be running 10K. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and have been training on and off. I’ll be running to raise money for UNICEF and although it’s a big charity it’s easy for people to forget about because of it’s large profile and how important it is to continue to give money to these hugely important organisations.

So far I’ve raised £133.75 from friends and family. I’m hoping to complete the run in under an hour but hey that’s very optimistic thinking. Would mean the world if any of you guys could sponsor me and help contribute to the fantastic work UNICEF do.

You can sponsor me here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Limassol10Kunicef

Thank you ~

SEE: Limassol International Documentary Festival Highlights

Relating back to my post earlier in the year, you can now see a small highlights trailer for the Limassol International Documentary festival of the year, it truly was a very vibrant atmosphere and I think the video above shows it well, sorry on the slow posts however the life of a University student never involves much free time!

GARDEN: Progress

So the garden has developed a lot since the last posts, the passion fruit has completely dominated the fence. I planted a new palm tree which you can see above, it’s just a baby one. The grass has started to restrengthen a little, I planted 2 new samples of the flowering grass. The strongest transplant of those two which was doing really well just had to end up getting covered by digging cats. However it is still alive. In addition I planted a flower bed, one pomegranate tree and 3 small hedge like flowers, I can’t remember what they are called. There is a small fig tree growing also. 2 of the three old palms haven’t survived but the one that has is opening a new leaf. That’s all for now!

Village Life

Life in the village is the dream, people here don’t seem to suffer from ‘old age syndrome’ no matter what the age they keep themselves busy and it’s refreshing to see. My short two day break was spent running away from snakes, eating mountain berries and throwing ice cold water over my cousins. All good fun. I wish I grew up in a village, having the mountains as your back garden as a kid must have been the best playground you could imagine. But wait don’t think it gets boring when you become a teenager, oh no Kakopetria (the village) has a club. You heard me a club, in a mountain village. Of course me and my cousins did not require any alcohol or a dance floor to bring the party to the streets with the use of a blackberry curve’s speaker….. Coz that’s just how we rollA small cottage tucked away in the trees. On the first moutain hike where we managed to walk into snakesAfter about an hour of convincing these weren’t toxic I learnt to love wild mountain berriesNot particularly historic but a scenic bridge neverthelessThe village has a plentiful supply of water from underground springsCloud covering the mountainsGot to meet the family hamsterThe village at nightApple anyone?

The Night

“The night possess me leaving no room vacant for worries”

The last few days have gone by with my mind absorbed in music as I have just discovered Spotify. My Nights have been less adventurous than I would have liked and those around me seem to have slipped into their routine life leaving me without much to do. At night when I just lay there dreaming of the bliss I experienced this summer during sunsets and the night and how I couldn’t fully absorb it due to the fear and scars left by exams.

However the Night and Sunset occasionally offered me relief. Most of the fond memories I made this summer in the evenings were with company, surprising as I usually find it hard to distinguish myself amongst other people however being embraced by the sea water as the sky faded from blue to orange being shrouded with friends really warmed my heart. The mornings I would usually spend alone cycling, swimming and walking and that’s when I felt most contempt.

I didn’t realize the night could provide me with the similar yet different feelings.

It was like experiencing samples of my perfect life.     The streets of my home Limassol water tank illuminated at nightAlmost as if candle litThe central medieval castle‘Low Red Moon’

Home Grown

Pomegranates and Passion Fruit, my two favourite things growing in my back garden. All Organic, I think anyway. Cactus flower is out only for a day before it wilts.

Ancient Kourion

Ancient Kourion is a fantastic place, the feel of the Ancient City is definitely still there. You can just imagine locals at the market place, in the baths, cleaning their houses. A lot has been preserved really well. The whole site overlooks the gorgeous Episkopi beach. The ampitheatre is still used for performances, what an incredible backdrop for any live act.

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