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A minute with

A minute with Despina Ioannou Axiotakis Executive Director of the Cyprus US Chamber of Commerce and General Secretary of the Cyprus Federation of America

Where do you live?
In New Jersey with my son (I am a widow)

Best childhood memory?
August 1956, coming to America on the boat Saturnia and arriving in New York City early in the morning and seeing the Statue of Liberty with the sun shining just above it. I will never forget it.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
I do not frequent many restaurants but when I do… Trattoria La Sorrentina for Polipo Al Salmoriglio.

What food would you really turn your nose up to?

What did you have for breakfast?
Kasseri cheese, bread sticks and coffee

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Night person. Snuggling in front of a fireplace with a glass of wine and telling stories with my husband

Best book ever read?
The Old Man and the Sea. Loved the determination of the spirit

Favourite film of all time?
Casablanca. My husband and I shared our love for the film and the sacrifice for love. I am a romantic and this brings out the romance in a person.

Favourite holiday destination?
Rome… I love the ancient sites in the middle of the city and the restaurants and the “hustle and bustle”. Very romantic.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Yiannis Parios

What is always in your fridge?
Yogurt, fruit, eggs, milk, parsley.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Rural. A huge kitchen and great room to entertain my family and friends. An outdoor fireplace and large pool.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Jesus Christ! Need I say why…

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Gather my family, huddle together and pray.

What is your greatest fear?
Snakes…and heights.

Tell me a joke…
A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he’s smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than a sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration. The lawyer asks, “What for?” The sheriff responds, “You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.” The lawyer says, “I slowed down and no one was coming.” “You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration please,” say the sheriff impatiently. The lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.” The sheriff says, “That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle.” The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it. The sheriff says, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”


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