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A minute with Alexis Sofocleous Volunteer-Hiker

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Where do you live?
Between Nicosia and Pervolia

What did you have for breakfast?
Freshly ground Americano Coffee, toast, cheese.

Describe your perfect day
Spend time with loved ones… the beach… laughter… exercising… listening and sharing music and movies… walking in quietness to listen to the sounds of nature… read… tennis… reaching out to anyone in need…

Best book ever read?
Reading is one of my most important activities along with music and movies. Difficult to choose a ‘Best Book’, but I narrowed it down to two.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
A life-changing book. A deep-inside to the capacity of one’s self once you decide to take the leap to your true self instead of the various adaptations of our personality.
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
So many answers to many ‘big’ questions in a short book. Made me realise how simple life is.

Best childhood memory?
With my best friends (same as today), back in the 80s at Protaras and Ayia Napa enjoying every minute of the long summer.

What is always in your fridge?
Water, electrolyte drinks, various drinks for guests and the usual.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Crossover (Mixture of classical and pop), Classic Rock

What’s your spirit animal?
Wolf. I met a charismatic man in Africa at a humanitarian mission who told me that my animal must be the wolf, because of its ability to be both an introvert-extrovert and also a good leader-follower. The wolf is an example of a being that can easily adapt through anything, and still remain focused on his natural instinct and calling.

What are you most proud of?
Walking around Cyprus (Βήμα-Βήμα την Κύπρο), Walking weekly to inspire others and support local charities (Βήμα-Βήμα την Κύπρο βοηθώντας), Founder of the first ever private Symphony Orchestra in Cyprus (Avanti Crossover Symphonic Orchestra), Founder of the first crossover vocal quartet in Cyprus (Vocal Quartet Avanti 4). Humanitarian missions in Africa, West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syria.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire” quotes
Sir Ben Kingsley.
Offers a ring to Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson. He drops it and rushes to pick it up. They shake hands firmly and Oskar says weeping,
“I could’ve got more, I could’ve got more, if I just…earn more money…I spend so much money…”
“There will be generations because of what you did”
“I didn’t do enough…”
“You did so much…”
In magical black and white with the divine music of John Williams
Schindler’s List, 1993. Directed by Steven Spielberg

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Mahatma Ghandi, Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Presley

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
Past – When Jesus Christ was an ordinary man before his quest. Future – To see my 18-year-old son in his 50s to make sure he is happy.

What is your greatest fear?
To lose the people I most care about.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
To stop thinking that he can change the world, and instead to become the change he wants to see in the world.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone
Rudeness and lying

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Hug the people I most care about, reflect on our memories and thank God for the life I lived.

 

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