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A minute with Dr Angeliki Yiassemides, Jungian scholar, psychoanalyst and writer.


Where do you live? 
In the old Ayii Omologites area in Nicosia with my husband, our two children, our four cats, and dog.

Best childhood memory?
Endless summers by the sea! Ah, those were the days… There were no summer schools those days (and if there were, my parents weren’t aware) so we’d have a ‘real break’: three months off, steeped in nature. Those days the sea side was wild. We’d dive in and discover a magical world: huge sea urchins, octopuses as big as our tiny bodies, fish swimming within arm’s reach, countless crabs…

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Sushi. Yeah, sushi, even for breakfast. There were times that I would wait for the sushi bar around the corner to open at 11am so I could have my ‘fix’. In Nicosia Sushi La is a frequent, even though I can’t say I found a sushi place around here that really thrills me.

What did you have for breakfast?
A bowl of ‘Honey Oaty Pillows’ with milk. And if you haven’t tried them, you must.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Certainly a morning person. My most creative and constructive hours are the early morning hours. I’ve had a few good ‘all-nighters’ but that was before I became a mom. The perfect day out? Allow me to dream of NYC: a stroll in a gallery or museum, a walk in the park, poached eggs for brunch and some time to collect my thoughts and impressions of the day, ideally on paper. The prerequisite for a perfect night out is sufficient nap time at noon and enough sleep once in bed at night; otherwise what’s the point? As you can see I’m in the ‘totally sleep deprived’ phase of motherhood.

Best book ever read?
One Hundred Years of Solitude only because I’m about re-read it, yet again. There’s something about Marquez’s magic realism that takes me to a realm beyond time and space, it bends reality and its rules, it defies and redefines life and death, chronology and history. I get lost in that novel, quite literally. Very few books have that effect on me. But still, picking one book is impossible…

Favourite film of all time?
The Princess Bride. I think I’ve watched that more time than any other movie. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that has it all: the hero’s journey through amazing landscapes, it’s a great love-story, it has unforgettable sword fighting scenes, hilarious characters and a witty script. “You killed my father! Prepare to die!” Who can forget that? And of course love prevails and evil is defeated. A classic!

Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
I think Belize has been my favorite destination. Or perhaps Mexico. Actually, the whole of Central and Latin America. The archeological sites paired with the Latin element and nature are a magical combination. The mystique of that part of the world, its mythology and cultures called me back several times. At this point of my life the dream trip would be to travel around the USA and reunite with old friends that I haven’t seen for years.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
There’s something about The Doors that I find very appealing in the heat of the summer. “Waiting for the Sun”; I just realised that’s quite ironic. That, and the sound track of ‘Cars’. Not my choice: my six year old loves it.

What is always in your fridge?
Honey mustard.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
A sea-front house, no neighbours, with zero obstructions of sea-view, a quiet writing space and plenty of room for the kids and pets to roam and chill. And yet, the fact is I love city life and it that has been my chosen life-style so far. New York City is still the closest I’ve come to feeling ‘this is it!” But since this is a ‘dream scenario’ I can have them both, right?

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Markos, my husband. Cause we never run out of conversation, and he makes me laugh out loud. And if we could be joined by Dr Carl Jung for drinks it’d be phenomenal! I have an endless list of questions to ask him about the human psyche.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
The same old: try to spend as much time as I can with my family. And I’d skype my friends around the world for a final ‘it’s been nice meeting you’.

What is your greatest fear?
The world ending in 24 hours…

Tell me a joke…
The world is ending in 24 hours… Sorry, not too good with jokes. I never remember the punch line, and always manage to mess the joke up.

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