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A minute with Marina Michaelidou-Kadi and Mehves Beyidoglu Creators of the first bilingual (Greek and Turkish) children’s book in Cyprus


Where do you live?
Marina: In the outskirts of Nicosia with my husband, our two young children, a good dog and a rather naughty cat.
Mehves: Bogaz/Kyrenia with my son Deniz.

Best childhood memory?
Marina: Summers! Growing up in Limassol, I spent my summers literally in the sea, with good friends that are still in my life today.
Mehves: Trying to find and observing ladybirds and little wild flowers in the fields and walking to the school with the hedgehogs (primary school). Listening and feeling Beethoven in my room (secondary school).

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Marina: I love pasta in any shape and form. I try to avoid meat for animal welfare reasons.
Mehves: Absolutely authentic food. My favourites are Thai, Japanese, Indian and Ethiopian.

What did you have for breakfast?
Marina: Yogurt with oats with and almonds (after having a coffee with a butter cookie!).
Mehves: Oats with almond milk and chea seed.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Marina: I am definitely a morning person. At night all the worries in the world come and find me somehow! A perfect night out would be a quiet dinner with close friends.
Mehves: A day person. My energy never ends in day time until I go to bed and then I sleep like a dead person.

Best book ever read?
Marina: Anne of Green Gables. I read it as a child and it stayed with me for a long time. The notion of keeping one’s strength in difficult situations, making mistakes but moving forward, and finding happiness against all odds…
Mehves: Biography of Gandhi. I am affected so much about his way of life and thought. He brightens my way.

Favourite film of all time?
Marina: The Sound of Music. When I was little I went through a phase when I watched it every single day. I recently watched it again with my children and it moved them just as it had moved me so many years ago.
Mehves: Braveheart. Change is possible in societies. We just need to be decisive and walk in the path that you believe in.

Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
Marina: Amboseli National Park in Kenya. One of the greatest wildlife reserves in the world.
Mehves: Karadeniz (Blacksea) Highlands in Turkey. Hiking and trekking in the amazing green highlands, meeting locals, experiencing the way of live in the region.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Marina: Nothing in particular. I’m the kind of person that keeps changing radio stations looking for an uplifting song!
Mehves: Bandista. Always protest music, classical music or rock music.

What is always in your fridge?
Marina: Chocolate.
Mehves: Hellim or halloumi!

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Marina: I love being in nature, but my dream home would be in an urban area, at a walking distance from a coffee shop!
Mehves: Rural retreat. The place where we live – Bogaz is in a forest area. A house which is completely ecological, aesthetic in a traditional and modern way with upcycled or recycled furniture!

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Marina: Mahatma Gandhi. I would ask him to help me make some sense of what the world is coming to…
Mehves: My dad! My beloved one. Miss him so much.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Marina: Hug my family, tell them how much I love them.
Mehves: Going to the beach with my son and swim as much as I can?

What is your greatest fear?
Marina: That nature is being destroyed at an irreversible rate…
Mehves: Dying under the sea.

Tell me a joke…
Marina: I seriously can’t tell jokes!
Mehves: No more monkey jumping on the bed!

From the Earth to the Stars is available in bookstores islandwide

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