Getting away for the weekend, even for a short while, is something I always look forward to with delight. When we set off to Protaras on Saturday morning, I was also looking forward to my first swim of the year. It was warm and sunny albeit a bit windy but the sea water temperature must have been below 16*C. I guess I'm not the adventurous type and not brave enough to swim in cold waters. So I spent some time contemplating the sea, enjoying double espressos and ....marking final exam papers. On Saturday night there was a Fakir show at the Golden Coast Hotel. The Fakir asked for some empty bottles that the hotel provided for him, then he broke them to pieces, he mixed up the pieces and walked on them as if he were taking a stroll at the beach! Then he drank something and "swallowed" some flames. I only wish I had taken some photos but the batteries of my camera went flat right at that moment! The Fakir, of course, refused to reveal the secrets of his performance. I was quite pleased with my students' performance although some of them could have done much better.Earlier on Friday morning, I was thrilled to see that my cacti had produced a bright red flower which, I think, means luck and happiness.
But the highlight of this weekend was the Pope's official visit to Cyprus - a historic visit since this is the first time the Pope visits a Greek Orthodox country. According to The Cyprus Mail, Pope Benedict XV! signalled the need for "moral rectitude and impartial respect for others" in political and diplomatic affairs to promote harmony in the troubled regions of the world. Amen!
President Christofias and Pope Benedict XVI - Photo Credit
The Pope entering the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Nicosia's Green Line - Photo Credit