Lefkara Municipality Easter Event

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
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Trip End Jun 10, 2012


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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Municipality Easter event at the School premises!



Sunday of Easter and in every village, city or town, Municipalities undertake to amuse citizens. It is Sunday afternoon and we just returned to Lefkara.

An impressive mood of nature gives magical experience to the visitor and I decide to have a stroll before getting to the hotel.

As I walk upwards the steep road I hear a distant announcement coming from a loudspeaker followed by Cypriot music. Immediately I remember of the event taking place at the other end of the village. It would be unfair to miss it and I decide to head towards the school and see what is going on out there. I expect folkloric dancing and at least a band and I think it would be interesting to take a couple of videos.

On the way I come across couples who have a romantic stroll through the narrow cobble-stone streets holding hand in hand, people enjoying their Easter meal sitting in different restaurants or in their picturesque yards with friends and family. There is a smell of roasted meat in the air coming from every corner.  I come across many visitors as I approach the touristy shopping area. Some are just window shopping and others bargaining. Everybody seems to be involved in something but the most important is that all seem to have fun.

When I reach the school premises I am a little disappointed seeing no band or dancing. There are families with children, many youngsters involved in different games and there are giggles and noise. At the other end there are a few persons standing behind some benches serving free local wine and "souvla" people watching the games while others are eating.  There is ample of food and drinks and everyone seem to be enjoying this outing.  All this noise and crowds is not my piece of cake anyway but I need at least to get some information for tomorrow's trip to Larnaca. I need somebody to inform me correctly of the exact time the bus comes to Lefkara.

Unfortunately most Cypriots have no idea of bus timetables –just a few pensioners who never had driving licence in their life and can go for free. Most Cypriots owe at least 2 or three cars so they never bother to use anything else other than their own cars.  Tourists however know well how to move around because by the time they come to the island they have surely done a lot of studying.  Seeing that I have a Greek accent and seeing me alone and a camera in my hand they think that I am a reporter.  Someone offers to introduce me to the mayor so here I am chatting with him and he is telling me of this event and when I tell him that I want to get the bus for Larnaca the following day he admits that he has no idea himself but he offers to help me. So there are two or three phone calls till we finally come to the driver who tells us the exact time I have to be at the bus stop the following morning. I thank the mayor and leave the people behind to enjoy their outing and have fun.

I was asking a lady the other day whose shop is next to the bus station to tell me the exact time the bus would pass from the village but she insisted on giving me information for a taxi drive. I politely said that I am not interested and she kept repeating herself. In the end she got angry and said that I am not a good listener. I smiled and walked away to avoid her.

Sometimes I feel that I might have become the black sheep of taxi drivers! Every time I speak with tourists I urge them to move by buses if they can and I like giving them tips which they appreciate.  Taxis cost a fortune and there are times when they fool people especially if they are foreigners. I know of many such cases when tourists are asked to pay double the fare.  Taxi owners have to get a lesson now that at last the Bus Services on the island function well, they are reliable and fares are so cheap. 
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mmbcross
mmbcross on

I'm very surprised about people not knowing the bus services in Cyprus. I thought that was only in the USA. There are people here that have never ridden a bus or train in their lives!

rossport
rossport on

interesting Popi to see how other cultures celebrate Easter and i think the main reason we use taxi;s as we are afraid of getting lost on a bus net work

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Don't forget Stewart that Cyprus is a small island. But in general I use buses a lot. I remember a couple of years back when we were travelling a lot abroad with Yianni I always insisted on getting the bus even from the airport to the hotel and it was an unknown country...

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

When I get a bus abroad to go somewhere that I have never been before I feel as if I take part in a game (treasure hunt) and the time spent until I find it has some strange excitement until I find my (goal) Not to mention the satisfaction.

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