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A minute with Yorgos Papadopoulos Visual artist and vigneron

minute photo by elena alonefti fitikidou
photo by Elena Alonefti Fitikidou

Where do you live?
For 2.5 years I have lived in Kedares with my husband. We moved there from London. The change from almost 9 million to 23 inhabitants was rather significant.

What did you have for breakfast?
I don’t eat breakfast because I am trying out intermittent fasting hoping to shift a few kilos.

Describe your perfect day
Beach combing. It is very relaxing and the things I find are usually very inspirational. When the sun sets I like to have a glass of our own wine Yerambellos in our vineyard.

Best book ever read?
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. I read this many years ago at a time when I needed it. It touched several spots on different levels. It’s a book that I have read several times and each time its simple philosophical and spiritual concept manages to touch me again and again.

Best childhood memory?
Building sandcastles on a beach and watching the sea wash them away.

What is always in your fridge?
Cheese, English mustard and home-made chutney

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
When in Cyprus the music tends to be more Greek. My phone playlist starts with To Tango tis Nefelis by Harris Alexiou. It’s a song with strong emotional value to me as it was played at the cremation of my sister who passed away far too young.

What’s your spirit animal?
On my wedding day I came across an owl. I like that it symbolises wisdom.

What are you most proud of?
Wining the 1st prize at European Glass Context 2021 in Bornholm (Denmark) probably trumps having our first vintage Yerambellos 2019 approved by the sommeliers of the Four Seasons in Limassol and by George Kassianos.

What movie scene has really stayed with you?
Dev Patel in The Best Marigold Hotel saying “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” It helps me not to worry.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I would give the world for one more night of tango dancing with my sister Maria. I miss her.

If you could time travel when/where would you go?
I would like to go back to Famagusta before the Turkish invasion to relive my worry free childhood. I would also like to go to the future and see what becomes of the arts.

What is your greatest fear?
Getting Alzheimer’s or more generally loosing my wits. Certain forms of Alzheimer’s are hereditary and my father and two of my aunts have/had it. I hope it will skip a generation.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
It gets better! Coming out at that age is daunting. But with time you get used to it and society slowly slowly becomes more accepting.

Name the one thing that would stop you dating someone
A lack of sense of humour. Laughter is essential for my happiness.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I would dance.

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