My first 5K!

I have never run in my life and I always believed that I hate running. I was considering it boring and every time I saw someone running thought ‘How can he/she run? Isn’t he/she bored?’. I like exercising though, I really like going to the gym, where I mostly attend classes like circuits, boxfit and yoga, and I also like cycling. But running, no! Until one Friday afternoon, my friend Radu (btw Radu this is your second guest appearance in this blog!) asked my housemates and me in our Whats App group if we fancy joining him in the 5K Park Run on Saturday morning. Park Run is a weekly event happening in parks all over London, where people, guess what? Run! My housemates Claudia and Dan usually go with him in this event, but I had never joined them ’cause I had never run in my life. But that evening something happened. Something made me say ‘Why not? Why not try it and if I don’t like it I can say for sure that I actually hate running!’ So I answered YES and started preparing myself mentally for what I was about to experience!

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Into the woods

One of the things that England is famous for is its green hills and fertile lowlands, and what better to do on a Saturday than go hiking with friends to the English nature – comparing to the other things you can do in London on a Saturday 😛 ! My friend Radu was the one that originally organised this series of events a year ago, with Susana being his successor! I am proud to say that we now have 7 hikes under our belt, each one to a different part of the English countryside. We are more or less 15 regulars, from different parts of the world, making it a multi-cultural group of hikers.

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Eggplant and potato pie (Akis #1)

I really love pies, mostly eating them, sometimes making them too! All kind of pies, cheese pies, spinach pies, mushrooms pies and so on, as long as they are vegetarian. Especially the ones with home made fyllo pastry, yummy! One day that I had some free time, I thought of making something I haven’t made before, so I visited the website of my favorite Greek chef Akis Petretzikis and searched for recipes under the category ‘Savory pies and tarts’. And from all the options available I chose the ‘Eggplant and potato pie‘, because I really like eggplants! And I also liked the picture!

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Destination: Paros

This year I’ve been to Paros for my summer holidays. I went with my Spanish friend Cirma and a Spanish friend of hers, whom I met for the first time there. The girls have never been in Greece before so I thought of going to Paros, as I consider it a typical Cycladic island, which combines really nice beaches and picturesque villages. It is also close to Athens (four hours with the boat) and not very big, you can see the whole island in 5-6 days. We arrived on a Saturday morning and we left on Thursday evening, which means that we had almost 6 full days to make the most out of it!

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