Potamitissa's Antique Bus of Mr. Kyriako Trifonos

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 06, 2011


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Ambelikos Agro Hotel

Flag of Cyprus  , Limassol,
Saturday, March 19, 2011

The nights at Ambelikos hotel are becoming more and more interesting with the company of Aki's father. I am meeting him for the first time on this trip and we arranged to take some more pictures of the heroic and historic bus and -why not having a ride as well.

He is radiant with joy when he sees that I am willing to listen to the real facts of those days when the bus used to be a hideout of not only people helping with the EOKA struggle, but also it used to carry guns and different other supplies that the guerilla might needed.

I don’t want to write down the facts I have heard but one day somebody should really record Mr. Kyriako and have him narrate his memories…..probably his son should do that before it is too late.

As he relates all these events of those days, I sympathize with the wives -all those ladies and Mothers who were waiting endless hours for their husbands or children to return, who were never sure if they will see them coming back.  Many times these men were not even telling them the reason they were out, or when to expect them back. Other times they themselves had no idea whom they were to meet, not even the time. They did all these in an attempt to contribute each one as well as they could, to see Cyprus free and liberated from the English forces.

All these people are heroes to our eyes and Mr. Kyriako Trifonos and his wife, like all those unsung heroes are people that should be admired and respected.

My historic bus ride:

Well, the old historic bus is clean and shiny inside and out the very next day and Mr. Kyriako is waiting for us to meet him.  The car has been abandoned in a 'so called’  garage for years. The family has given it to the community for very little money back then, but they now suffer seeing it decaying year after year and standing still without somebody putting it in use.

I step in the car and I am able to imagine Mr. Kyriako much younger, full of confidence and passion for life, working hard to struggle for survival, make ends meet with the family, and at the same time struggle for the liberation of his country.  The bus route was from Potamitissa to some Troodos villages and further down to Limassol and back. It is difficult to make out Mr. Kyriako’s age but seeing him driving out here today I see a much younger man. What he is doing today, -driving his antique car gives him much satisfaction and makes him kind of proud.  The stories and facts that he recalls are a real treasure.

I enjoyed so much the short drive we had, but again I did the mistake of holding my camera in front of the car’s mirror. Anyway, I might never have the chance to get in this bus again, but we all agreed that the best is to have the car come to the family again, be fixed and used to take tourists for a ride to the nearby villages. This would be wonderful.

If this happens, I could return and have a ride as well! This is my personal wish.


I give the thread of my previous entry where I had referred to the same car in my trip to Potamitissa in February.
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/7/1298888577/tpod.html
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rossport
rossport on

It is sad Popi that national treasures are not looked after especially in such a historic struggle as the Cypriots endured

anonny mouse on

let's hope the ambelikos hotel will soon be liberated from the forces of english tourism

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