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A minute with

A minute with Pavlos Costeas, Executive Director, Karaiskakio Foundation


Where do you live?
In a full house in Nicosia (with my wife, our four children, one dog, two cats and one parrot)

Best childhood memory?
Running barefoot at my grandmother’s village in Famagusta.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Maroullou’s restaurant in Palaichori; all-time favorite dish: staffed artichokes.

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I cannot think of any.

What did you have for breakfast?
I had a cup of fresh-ground filtered coffee at home

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I am definitely a day person. At a friend’s house with my family having a BBQ (some good red wine is a must)

Best book ever read?
My favorite book is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway who glorifies the greatness of a simple mans will and perseverance in life.

Favourite film of all time?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; an outstanding performance by Jack Nicholson

Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
A trip to Zagorohoria in Greece a few years ago with my wife. Breathtaking beauty, great company, new friends, good wine. I am looking forward to go to Paleos Panteleimonas (near Katerini by Mount Olympus) next month with the same good company.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I listen to classic rock by I get a bit carried away with the gas (I cannot afford another speeding ticket)

What is always in your fridge?
Milk, eggs, cold cuts, bread and (of course) wine.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
A simple rural farm house with a big vine covered veranda to host family and friends, a swimming pool to appeal to the children, some farm animals, lots of trees and a nice garden.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
With my wife and my children, I love every moment I spend with them (even though I don’t always show it)

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I would spend all 86,400 seconds with my family.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is the blank future of my children in Cyprus.

Tell me a joke…
Our political system is a joke but unfortunately it’s for real.

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