October 2016

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At last it’s October, my favourite month, mainly coz its Autumn, the long hot summer has come to an end, or has it? … Relief from the heat, maybe not, coz the fishing folk assure us that it’s going to be an Indian Summer … Last time was a few years ago and the summer went through to Christmas, I hope they’re right !

So, autumn is one of my favourite seasons, bear in mind we’ve all been working our little bits off since April … The tourist season is almost at an end, except for some half termers and most of the resident workers had post season blues in August, whilst an ever increasing amount won’t leave this year …

There will be closing parties all over the place and we’ll see a few pubs and clubs staying open, but swinging towards the local market … and, as things slow down, we all get the chance to catch up with friends, who’ve been more like passing ships in the night for the last seven months … If you get invited to any end of season parties make sure you go …

We’ll kick off the month with the tail end of the World famous Wine Festival in Limassol … and on the 3rd October the DaxiFest Music and Dance Festival in Avgorou, a charity event Promising to be a mini Woodstock … It’s World Tourism Day on the 10th in Nicosia … and the 10th Medieval Festival in Napa on the same day … and on the 18th its the Dragon Boat Races in Limassol and there’s an Athletic event culminating on the 25th … and to round the month off, the 3rd International Pole Dancing Competition in Limassol …

I think it’s a wonderful time of the year to go touring … So hire a car and get out and about a bit … The mountains are just about to come into their element and the sunsets in Pafos are just breath taking … I recently heard one of the watersports lads say, we can’t wait to get to the mountains, so we can’t see the sea … I said, how can you get fed up of this sea, he said, just for one day ! … on that note, even up in the mountains, you can still see the sea, at some points on three sides of the island …

Don’t forget its Halloween Night on the 31st October … many venues will be doing special nights, and they are getting bigger every year as the Cypriots have realised its a great excuse to dress up or dress down it seems … so start sewing or get to the fancy dress hire shops and make it an event to remember !

Just as I predicted back in 2004, after our accession to Europe, the obvious increase in cultural events in Cyprus, and wow, I wander what else we’ll see … just like our cover shot, at time-out during the recent attempt to break the world record dance thingy in Ayia Napa … I just love our ever changing Cyprus, and hey, bring on more culture ! … For a link to many cultural events in Cyprus check out the Cyprus Tourism Info site … www.visitcyprus.com …

October is normally our rainy month and to be honest, we’re all pretty glad to see it, as we haven’t really had any rain since May … Yum ! … Then, it drives us mad, coz when it rains, boy does it come down, the term ‘pissing down cats and dogs’ must have Greek roots somewhere, lol … And as for the roads they become rivers and where’s the drainage ? … Ask any Cypriot and he’ll probably say, well, it doesn’t rain very much over here, who needs drainage ? … Anyway, as I was saying, Indian summer, beach ’til New Year, sounds good … we hear there’s frost in Europe, sounds better, dinning outside in November, I can’t wait, and that lovely clean air smell, hey why else do we live here ?

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Na da bou’men !
Ed

Photo by Tony Dynamou
World Record Dance Attempt in Ayia Napa