Cyclonudista 2018 Finland – Helsinki gets naked on the bike – Saturday 21 July

Soon another World Naked bike in Helsinki,

This year we have chosen the hottest day of the year:

Saturday 21 of June

Which is officially the hottest day not just for us cyclonudista´s, but for the meteorologists too!

 

 

Are you asking yourself why should you join CycloNudista?

To protest against INDECENT exposure to cars and pollution!

Celebrating Cycling, Nature, Human body, simplicity and freedom of being.

The concept is simple: we do, once a year, on the hottest, sunniest day of the summer, a bicycle tour around the city, to get the town back from big motorized vehicles, shout against pollution, cars, and hypocritical prudery.

SATURDAY 21 July 2018 – 17.00 (Departure at 18:00)
Varsapuistikko (close to Railway Station and Kaisaniemenpuisto)

WHY?

– To manifest AGAINST POLLUTION & car culture;

– PROMOTING CYCLING, Nature & Simplicity;

But the unique reasons why YOU do it may be infinite:
you love bicycles,
you love your city,
you want noiseless means of transport,
you don’t want big and fast vehicles in the city,
you don’t agree with the speculations of the oil industry,
you want to sensibilize drivers to mind the bikes.

…and because you may be an exhibitionist!

–PRACTICAL INFO–

MEETING POINT
Varsapuistikko – next to Kaisaniemipuisto – Kaisaniemi park, close to the main train station.
(You can come from 17:00 to 18:00)

17.00 – PICNIC
I will bring a big amount of snacks and drinks, it will be for sure enough for the first ten people, you are welcome to bring something if you wish.

17:30 – BODY PAINTING
We can bodypaint each other and decide which is the specific message—“your motto”—each of us wants to share.

18.00 – DEPARTURE
Strictly on time, be ready by 18:00!
Tour map:
https://goo.gl/maps/4RRSpb2qi832

20.00 – SAUNA
We celebrate the celebration in the sauna: warm & cosy!
Sompasauna, a free, anarchic public sauna by the sea.
In the heat and steam we will have time to share our thoughs and feeling about the ride: what this ride means for each of us?

21:00 – BBQ
There is grill there @ sompasauna, if you have some vegetables you wanna grill, feel welcome to bring it so we can have a nice shared BBQ dinner.

WHAT TO BRING:

Mandatory:
– Yourself,
– Bicycle, another green mean of transport, or good legs to run!,

Optional:
– Clothing
– A smile on your face,
– Any decoration that you find appropriate,
– Body painting material,
– Music instruments to play,
– A camera to record or stream pictures & videos: photographers and journalists welcome!
– Drinks and food (for picnic and/or BBQ) to share if you wish,
– A blanket for picnic,
– Towels (for sauna).

Of course you are free to join/leave whenever you want and nudism is not mandatory.

… WHERE IT BEGAN

On June 12th 2004 cyclists in 29 cities across the world took to the streets of the world, mostly wearing nothing more than a cheeky smile.

It was not only a huge success, but also a huge surprise, neither the media or the police actually thought that it would happen.

This was the worlds first international naked bike ride. Since then it has spread to more than 70 cities around the world with thousands of participants.

@@ SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? CLICK ON ATTEND NOW! @@

HOW IS IT ORGANIZED

Well the first thing to know is that it does not have any leaders, hierarchies or even any bureaucracy. It is an event that belongs entirely to its participants. You are not only invited to to participate in this event, but also to take ownership of it.

———–MORE INFO———-

EVENT LINKS

Facebook event
https://www.facebook.com/events/163716694168521

CouchSurfing event
https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/5th-world-naked-bike-ride-of-finland-2018-cyclonud

Google+ event
https://plus.google.com/events/c57qd196uocangmvqnpbebuikic

BeWelcome event
http://www.bewelcome.org/activities/1899

Eventful event
http://eventful.com/events/5fh-world-naked-bike-ride-finland-2018-cyclonudista-helsink-/E0-001-103769997-8

Allevents.in event
https://allevents.in/helsinki/5fh-world-naked-bike-ride-of-finland-2018-cyclonudista-helsinki/163716694168521

GROUPS

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/WNBRhelsinki/

CouchSurfing Group
https://www.couchsurfing.com/groups/cyclonudista-helsinki-world-naked-bike-ride

Google+ Community
https://plus.google.com/communities/100320970072056647775

LINKS

Cyclonudista Helsinki Blog
https://travelthetheater.wordpress.com/cyclonudista-wnbr/

Last posts
https://travelthetheater.wordpress.com/category/cyclonudista-wnbr/

International Event
www.WorldNakedBikeride.org

World (naked)Cycling Tour
www.BikeTravelTheater.org

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My first experience as involuntary, partial, Cyclonudista

The day that the world sow I got balls, but literally!

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People always love to look at me, even when I am brushing my teeth!

Many people asked me how I did became a CycloNudista; well, the first sign about this virtuous vocation appeared when I was just a little more than a child…

It happened in a small, countryside, village of southern Italy with roughly 5.000 inhabitants. The main disputes in this village are about how you are a better person if you come from one or another side of the village, there is a river that divides the two sides and many people feel proud to be from the “right side”.
This location in southern Italy is extremely conservative, old-fashion, and fascist: the best place to be a CycloNudista!

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Combining camping with cycling naked is delightful.

My home was two kilometers from the village, I had a bicycle and I was using it regularly to go to cafe´s or do groceries.
In this small village, when you are on a bicycle, people always look at you with superiority,—actually they do it also if you walk or are in a car that is worth less than 20.000euro—making you feel miserable, even if you are just a child. Just for that reason, I always loved to cycle: each move of my pedaling was for me a march against that sick society.

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Getting older I start to became an acro-CycloNudista…

Another rebellious behavior I had, was to be a punk. I had eight piercings, a crest in my hair, broken pants, and colored nails; this made me look ´somewhat´ little different than anyone else around there.
It was for me quite usual to get attention from people, because of my bike and because of my look; actually maybe also because of many other things, but here let´s limit my unique weirdness to the bicycle and my appearance.

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I really don´t understand why people is always so interested in my tooth brush.

One day I went to a shop in the center, I was hurrying up so I didn´t even bother to put my underwear–I was a punk after all!–.

Strangely enough, I could immediately notice something different in the look of the locals, their look was full of superiority, as always, but this time there was also some kind of intense interest mixed with astonishment in their gaze.

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My first official Cyclonudista event, I had even an underwear.

As usual, I don´t take the trouble to care about them or react, I just do my stuff and get back home. While I was climbing the stairs, I was still thinking about these faces I crossed the look with: how could it be that every single person was having exactly the same expression?

When inside the house, I go straight to the kitchen, there is a large mirror at the entrance where I catch a glimpse of something pink above my legs. I walk rapidly back to the mirror and I finally understand the reason why I had so much attention today by the village people: my broken punk pants exposed my lovely precious parts!

 

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Nowadays I am not the only cyclonudista anymore…

Super Power Vegan Diet – Instruction for use

My normal weight has always been around 75 kg, nevertheless, some years ago I was 90 kg, I didn’t even notice immediately how bigger I became, but the scale, and the buttons flying off my shirt, made me understand the ‘size’ of my problem.

Travel, time and experience profoundly shaped my lifestyle, 
above all, these factors, made me become a:
 Supermarket vegan,
 Restaurants vegetarian,
 Omnivorous in emergencies.

 

I want to share with you a really effective diet to lose weight, be healthier, energetic, and cruelty-free.
This diet is diet it’s totally different than any other diet because it’s based on self regulation and it has different levels of freedom.
I am following this pattern since years and I have checked yearly my blood nourishment values to monitor any irregularities, my doctor always complimented me for my excellent values.

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THE DIET

Morning
Fruit salad with squeezed lemon
Porridge
Cereals
Fresh made juice–or–let pieces of fruit soak in a carafe with water and lemon, keep the pulp in the juice.

Midday
Rice (risotto, paella, etc) or Pasta. Better rice!
Vegetables
Onions (superfood!)
Garlic (superfood!)

Evening (before 18.00)
Soup
Salad

Don’t eat after 19.00, you will sleep better, waking up strong and energetic

Eat fruit peels

Eat local food and buy from family shops:
This is not just ethical, sustainable and good for the health, but is often cheaper.

You may want to adopt a generic weekly schedule with a day of fasting:

Mon-Fri    – Mostly vegan

Saturday – Just fruit

Sunday    –  fasting

In general you should always avoid: fried food, salt, sugar, and sweets, except dark chocolate.

If you can’t manage to fast once a week, make sure to fast once a month.

After years on this kind of diet I feel much better and following this scheme gives me a routine, even if I do exceptions.

 

Eating just once a day (breakfast, brunch or lunch)

I have used sometimes the pattern of having just a big meal once a day, a kind of brunch, mostly for practical reasons, it didn’t make me feel bad, I was just quite slow for about half hour after having eaten, but in later in the day all was perfect.

ABOUT FASTING…
You have to pay attention primarily to one thing: the glucose levels go down after four hours (or more) that you have eaten, the body may need it and this cloud make you feel a bit weak or in the long run, if you don’t have body fat, you could start to burn out your muscles instead.

Legal aid in Europe – How to get out of troubles in the EU!

Are you living or traveling in the European Union?
There are a number of rights that you have which you may not be aware of, I make here a short list of some of these rights and I tell you which are the steps you should make in case of legal issues.

 

It’s your right to film Police

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In the most European countries you have the right to film Police in public, also in the USA it’s allowed.

There are several organization to get informations about your rights for filming Police:

CopBlock.org

Opensocietyfoundations.org

While filming is mostly allowed, once you publish a video, you may want to blur the faces of the policemen.
You should also be aware that if Police is in operation better you keep some distance and discretion while filming, otherwise they may annoy you.

 

How to claim your rights as a human—or a citizen, traveler of tourist—and make a complaint, “press charges”, “make a report”, to institutions and what to do to escalate it to higher hierarchy levels

Whom to contact

– Higher ranks of the same institution (head offices, etc…)

– Ombudsman of the institution

– General Attorney (if is about Police)

– Regional ombudsman

– National ombudsman

– Traveler rights associations

– Human rights associations

– European ombudsman

– European commission

– European Parliament

– European President
(for extremely serious matters)

In parallel of this you could contact a local lawyer (via hg.org for example) or the local court if applicable.

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INFORMATIONS

e-justice.europa.eu provides useful and update informations about your rights in EU.

VisaHQ.com offers services and data about visas

 

FOR HOMELESS

Feantsa, European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless

 

FOR URGENT IMPORTANT MATTERS, PHONE NUMBERS

– Call your Consulate

– Emergency Support Aid International Human Rights line +353 1 21 00 489

Amnesty International +44-20-74135500

 

HELP FROM ONLINE COMMUNITIES

Don’t forget that you can always ask for help through any of these online communities:

And, why not, Facebook.

Do you have any information that I missed in this list? Please comment!

How to make your hair strong with everyday home ingredients: Lemon, Olive oil, and coconut

This time we don’t talk about bicycles, traveling or social issues, but about hair. Why?
Well, because if you have beautiful hair, it’s easier also to travel!
A potential host, from couchsurfing for example, would be more keen to host you if you have beautiful hair, this is proven by a statistic done by… me.
Above all, this method is 100% green.

The most commercial hair products make your hair weak and are harmful to you and to the environment.

 

Here an easy procedure, with over the counter products, that you can use to make your hair strong and shining

MASH TOGETHER
Coconut
Rosemary
Sage

IN A DOUBLE BOILER

  • Olive Oil (3 tablespoon)
  • Turn the heat on low
  • Add 1 to 1-1/2 Tablespoons of the mesh (Coconut, Rosemary, Sage)
  • +Coffee / Black tea    (for gray hair)
  • Let it steep for about 30 minutes on low
  • Strain the herbs from the oil into a small glass container using a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter.

Adding more goodies to your treatment, or start your hot oil hair treatment

  • Lemon
  • Avocado
  • Banana


You can store this paste for up to six months in a not totally closed container.

 

APPLICATION

  • Apply it to your hair
  • Massage for 10 minutes
  • Leave it in overnight and wash it in the morning

 

 

Healthy commercial products

Organic Henna + Indigo Natural Hair Dye Combo for brown and black hair colour , 200g+200g

To buy on:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Organic-Henna-Indigo-Natural-colour/dp/B00844WD5Y/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/275-9333566-7208763

 

Naturtint Permanent Hair Colorant, with Active Vegetable Ingredients, 5N, Light Chestnut Brown – 5.45 fl oz

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/16378486415634502338?q=henna+indigo+gray+hair+natural&newwindow=1&rlz=1CASMAF_enFI605FI605&biw=1242&bih=637&site=webhp&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.&bvm=bv.92885102,d.bGQ&tch=1&ech=1&psi=gkpOVe_MDcS4ygPHu4GgBg.1431194245595.24&sa=X&ei=AExOVaTVIOauygPPh4BQ&ved=0CJ0CEPMCMAA

 

 

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Shocking discovery: no shelters for the homeless in Copenhagen!

We all agree that Denmark has one of the best welfare system of the world, right?
Well, I can say that about homelessness, the Danes are still far from perfection. Why?
Read to know!

Pax is not the only one sleeping rough in Copenhagen, as I always wandered around, I have many friends sleeping rough and sometimes, I am a bit homeless myself, that’s why the issue of shelters is quite close to my heart.
I decided to see how easy it is, for a homeless, to find shelter in Copenhagen, the world’s capital of “support to less lucky people”. It took me months to gather some information about shelters here, I have contacted all the people I knew, institutions, organizations, and churches. I have also checked the list of shelters on the dedicated website CopenHelp.
The most shelters just allow people with a cpr number—a registration number you get when you register your domicile in Denmark—or from specific categories: old and sick people, pregnant women, heavy drug users, etc…

I’ve contacted many shelters, just few answered, I post you some of the answers below.

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They just help people aged between 18-29.
“We are a contact place for young homeless people in Copenhagen between the ages of 18-29. We can help you get in touch with proper authorities for solving dole money problems, getting on waiting lists for shelters, medical help, give you directions to other places that have specialised in helping non Danish citizens etc….if you are not a Danish citizen we can also help you get in touch the Copenhagen homeless unit to discuss your travel home and help you with getting id papers and so on for your travels. You are very welcome to come in for a cup of coffee and we can see how we can help you the best way possible”

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Kirkens Korshaer
(Stengade 40, 2200 København N)
I send them an email asking if is possible to have shelter on 10/01/2017.
“we offer adults vulnerable citizens shelter. However, I have to know a little more of your background story before we can offer you a room for the night. You are always welcome to contact us at Hillerødgade 62 9 PM for a clarification of your situation.Natcaféen has 30 spaces intended for adult men and women who do not currently be accommodated in a residential facility.It is possible to bring your dog. The café is housed in the inn’s cafeteria and is open all year. It is free to spend the night in the cafe. Natcaféen operated acc. Service Law § 110”
Once I went to visit them, I had no place to sleep myself and I asked if it was possible to sleep there without danish documents, they told me just old and sick people, selected by them, can get inside.

Grace
(Baggesensgade 9, 2200 København N)
I have heard this to be the best shelter of Copenhagen, where they are really open and kind to anyone, regardless their documents.
Once I arrived there on a Friday night, the door was closed and nobody answered me at the phone.

Other shelters
I wanted to check out also Natcafeen Sundholm (Sundholmsvej 36) &
Nødherberget (Hørhusvej 5), but I didn’t have the chance to get there.

 

 

Conclusion

I always had a computer, good skills to search and communicate, I have friends and family that supports me, in addition, I have some financial resources, and fortuitously, I also have EU citizenship; nevertheless, after arduous and complex researches, I have no clue about where a homeless can go to sleep in Copenhagen.
I don’t even imagine how hard it is for someone that sleeps in the streets, with heavy physical, psychological, social, and economical problems, to find a place where to go.
If you are a homeless in need of care, you wont get much support when you don’t match the criteria of the shelter.
If you are not local or between 29-50yo, you risk to get not support at all.

 

What do you think when you see a person sleeping in the street?
Do you think it’s fair to leave people sleeping under bridges?
Let me know in the comments.

 

Foodsharing Copenhagen – The story

Food waste is an issue that we can’t just ignore.
It’s not just a pity to throw away food, but it it’s an act of ignorance, egoism, and self-destruction.

We often forget that huge resources are used  to produce food: from production to the consumer, almost the half of it gets thrown away.
We should remember that there are people which can’t afford even to buy enough food; in Copenhagen, there is a graffiti stating: “someone’s trash, is someone’s else treasure”.

I had the chance to volunteer with and discuss with some of the activists which started Foodsharing Copenhagen

To fight food waste, a movement called Foodsharing started first in Germany, where it is now well-established.
Since about one year it started in Denmark, where it conquered Copenhagen.
Foodsharing Copenhagen was, in the beginning, a really small project, a grassroots initiative.

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Foodsharing sign at the start, searching for volunteers in the streets

 

Thanks to the help of many volunteers, among which there was the great people of Floating City and the legendary Francois—who arranged many agreements with food donors—, it became a well structured non-profit movement with almost 10.000 followers on their Facebook page.

 

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By the way, if you don’t know what Foodsharing is, well, it’s simple: there are weekly events where people can share their food or take food that they need.

 

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Visit the Foodsharing Copenhagen website or the Facebook group for more info.

Street Connections – Getting close to people sleeping rough

 

–STREET CONNECTIONS–

A simple, human to human action, to share time and food with people, in the street.

 

WHY

It serves mostly for two causes:

– Create awareness about homelessness

– As sign of humanity and warmth to people sleeping rough

 

 

PRACTICAL

Once a week, we first gather with all the volunteers to prepare food with love; something simple is good enough.
After having a short conversation and planning about who goes where, we go in the streets in small groups, two to three persons in each group.

There is already a map which we can use to find the points where people sleeping rough are.

In an extremely kind, casual and humble way, we approach people sleeping rough, we start a conversation as we would talk to a person in a bar, then we aim at keeping it, about any topic, but we would never ever ask about their problems during the first or second time we meet them. Later on, if we feel confident and we sense that our connection is strong enough, we can start talking about their problems with them, but always trying to let them start the topic first, without pushing.

The next week we do the same, but with more knowledge, experience, and love acquired from the previous time.

Once we have enough information about the problems of our friends in the streets, we can brainstorm for solutions. Every person needs a different solution.

Each of us can propose to follow up one person in the street. This is the most effective way to create something beneficial.

We could, for example, help in making them an account into an accommodation or volunteer platform such as:

CouchSurfing
BeWelcome
TrustRoots

WorkAway
HelpX
VolunteersBase

 

CONNECTION

The first thing to create is a connection, a bridge, and a humble, true friendship. Even just one connection is enough. Once this is built up, each volunteer can understand situations and problems of people sleeping rough. Just then, there are possible actions that could improve their situation.

 

FRIENDSHIP

It’s not a rescue mission and it does not aim to fix problems instantly. It’s rather a long-term process, where each volunteer decides to open their minds and hearts making friendship with someone who meets mostly indifference and ignorance.  It is about creating an individual and unique relationship.

 

WHO HELPS WHOM

You are not simply “helping people in the street”, you are actually helping yourself too. From this activity, you may benefit more than the one you meet. It may seem strange but it is true.

Getting connections and understanding realities that you have never imagined to exist, will give you more than you can imagine.

 

FOR WHOM?

“I feel really excited and tensioned to connect with people sleeping rough. I sometimes give food I have with me but I don’t actually talk with these people.”—Those are the words of a really kind-hearted activist. So, it seems, it’s hard even for highly aware people to connect with the ones in the street.
This may be exactly the same feeling of many others: you want to help, but you find it awkward or even embarrassing to randomly talk to people in the street.
“Street Connections” is a kind of workshop for those, like you, who have a big heart, but feel a bit uncertain about going and talking to rough sleepers.
Being in a sociable group, sharing knowledge and experience, will transform your tension into pleasure.



Copenhagen – Facebook Group – Street Connections



 

What is worse? To think without do or to do without thinking?

Cyprus, the country of Cats, Cars & Cigarrettes.

Cyprus is not reachable by using a bicycle only, so I needed other transportations means to get there, but once arrived, I did a tour of the island on the bicycle together with two unexpected cyclo-friends.

 

 

While you travel in exotic countries, often will happen of course,  to not understand people talking in foreign languages. This is actually one of the reasons why I love traveling.
Being somewhere without understanding people talking, is a bit like walking with closed eyes, I can feel more connection with the earth.

 

In Cyprus I notice how paradoxical and contradictory our ‘civilization’ is

Police, which should protect the weaker often bites them up.
Hospitals, which should heal us and improve our health, sometimes (often?), transmit us sicknesses and make us pay for services and medicines we no need.
Governments, which have the duty to organize and legislate for the benefit of the public, regularly do the interest of private, powerful, individuals.

As final mockery, western cultures, which are based on the above-mentioned institutions, call “wild and uncivilized” population as native Americans that have much fairer, and nature-friendly, regulations.

 

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Paphos: efficiency of work in hospitals.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECTING WHAT IS DIFFERENT

 

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Papier-mache art in Limassol

The most people I meet think either I am a poor guy or I am really rich to afford such a long travel.
For the most people is hard to realize that with little money you can travel all the world.

On the other hand, thinking about my extravagant Cypriot landlord and my wild father makes me reflect on the following:

There are things, or persons, that we will never understand.
There are behaviors that we will always find weird and we will never be able to give an explanation for.
This does not mean that we have to fight against it or judge these persons as wrong. We should still respect such things and give everyone his right to be different.

 

People doing wrong things are really useful to us, they show us how not to behave.

The main reason why we do certain things or we take a particular decision is not because it is right or we believe in it, but mostly because we are used to act in a certain way, or cause the most people do it.

The hardest in life is to do what we like. We need to have the courage to do what we like.

 

 

CARNIVAL IN LIMASSOL

 

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A cyclo Carnival guy

 

In Limassol’s carnival, there was no rubbish on the streets, it was all quite clean and tidy, on the other hand, I remember that in Northen ‘clean’ counties, during carnival, the streets were full of the most diverse items. It seems a paradox; Carnival in Nordic, well organized, wealthy countries is much more liberating and wild than in southern nations.

With carnival everything changes, the most people take advantage of this event to do what is not allowed otherwise.

 

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THE ISLAND OF CATS

Cyprus is artificially filled up with cats, this to keep snakes away, not exactly for safety, because snakes don’t kill normally, but for touristic reasons, to not let the tourists be afraid of them.

Here, people ask me about pets, I have just formulated an answer to the question: “do you like pets?”—My answer is—“as I try to not discriminate humans, I don’t want to discriminate animals based on race either.”

Humans try all the time to train pets to make them behave like us, actually, I think it would be more useful if WE would learn from them; wild animals, for example, can help us to understand how to survive.

 

 

AFTER A FIGHT WITH EIGHT PERSONS

 

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Stitches on the left cheek

 

On a windy night, I had a discussion with some people that ended up with little blood.
The day after the fight, I went to the hospital to check the stitches on my face. At the surgery department, I see a long ‘zig-zag’ queue; people are constantly skipping it by just running to the first place, I try to talk to them telling that this is not correct while an English man tells me: “here is always the same, Cypriot people don’t respect lines and you have to fight to get people not to skip”—I thought—“oh, no! fighting again…”

Now I know where South Italians got the habit of not respecting queue.

 

CAR-POLIS

“I prefer not to use cars because they kill.”—If I may say this statement in Cyprus, people would not understand it—Jeeps are everywhere, it seems like there is a permanent rally competition going on.

The stairs of the hospital in Paphos were empty, the elevators were full and medical departments filled up with people in line. Same for the city: sidewalks are empty, while the streets are full of cars and people walks solely in shopping centers, in chaotic lines.

 

Sun & sea?  Smoke & Internet monopoly!

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What’s to find in Cyprus? Sun and sea of course, but also:  people smoking indoors everywhere, the worst Internet connection, a huge amount of Shops of bodybuilding, Sports bets venues, Car rental—also everywhere!
Wealth show off is rampant too.

The difference between a person with a lot of money and someone with less wealth is that the first, most probably, can’t live without money, the latter can live both with or without money.

 

 

THE GOOD OF CYPRUS – English and no criminality

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I was surprised to notice that everyone speaks English in this tiny island, even older people. The most of them quite good.

There is a significant British presence in Cyprus, for sure in Paphos. The reasons is that British were ruling here for a while. Now you find principally pensioners, but they are into interesting activities: second-hand shops, Theater workshops, cultural events, and related. It looks like that the British don’t really mix with locals, you can easily see restaurants stating in big letters outside: “real English breakfast, English television…”
While speaking with some English persons, they “confessed”  me they think that local people don’t speak proper English, I immediately thought: “let’s hope they don’t go to Italy!”.

One of the warmest people I met in Cyprus was a Syrian family, I felt more welcome there than at my own place. They are really my brother’s and sisters.
I had just a few connections with Cypriots, in Limassol, through CouchSurfing, I got to know some beautiful human beings.

A really good thing that happened here is that I’ve met other globe cyclers, one of them is  Jacques. But this has little to do with the characteristics of the island.

Another positive point is that there is nearly no criminality, it seems to be one of the ‘safest’ places on earth—if you exclude traffic dangers.—

 

People in Paphos speaks like Sicilians, or maybe Sicilians speak like “Paphonian”. The latter, I would guess.

 

THE BAD –  “Car culture, shopping, and smoke: everywhere in the air.”

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The mentality is extremely conservative in Cyprus, if locals see a girl speaking with strangers in the street she may not get married, for real!

They are selling land, houses, and any kind of building to foreigners, which is not a bad thing itself; the sad thing is that together with propriety sale, they are selling their soul, their culture. Giving to big real estate companies (called ‘developers’) the right of doing whatever they want with the land, even building, on the beach, cement shit monstrosity for stupid tourists.

People don’t walk in Cyprus, they all use cars. The bigger the car is (mostly SUV’s or jeeps) the higher is the status of the transported people.

Locals don’t enjoy simple things, they find it boring to breath clean air, and instead, they breathe smoke, they find it not fun to drink water, and instead, they drink crappy Coca-Cola. But they don’t find it boring to do every day the same: going to the office, watching TV, and gossiping trying to live other’s life.

Corruption, at high levels, is really common and accepted.

 

CAFE’s in Paphos

20150223_155048.jpgUnfortunately, the EU non-smoking law is not enforced in Cyprus, it means that wherever you go, you will get quite smoked, not sure a salmon would be any jealous.

My favorite places:

Vintage art bar, sometimes they don’t smoke in one of the rooms
Ananas 8Bit Coffee
Temple bar

Finally, I did manage to find some non-Smoking places:

Pingouino
Muse
Deck

 

 

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