Hiking in Amiantos, Cyprus [with photos]

On 19th March went on a hike to Amiantos area in Troodos. The trail started near the village of Kato Amiantos walked along the river reached the flooded entrance of the old asbestos mine and then climbed up the hill over the mine and then descended back to the river and followed the same path back. A total of around 12km of walking, and climbing up and down; this was probably the hardest hike I’ve done in my life and most certainly one of the hardest trails in Cyprus (I am trying to find a harder one just for the challenge).

Walking along the river side was easy; we had to cross the river a few times but it was not that hard, the challenge started when we reached the lake, at that point we took the wrong path and ended up having to climb up the hill which was quite steep. Once at the top we slowly started walking down when we realized we spent 5 hours in what was supposed to take us 3-4 hours. At that point we decided to take a different path so that we could make it off the mountain before sundown. The new path was quite hard, we were essentially climbing down the dry path rainwater created. Because the particular mountain peak is mostly made of sand, the water eroded a steep corridor around a metre wide and around 2 metres deep. We needed to be careful not to touch the walls cause the path would collapse and at the same time had to climb down drops of about 2-3m at a time. It took us another hour to get out of that and then walk along the river back to our starting point.

Was it fun? yes! will I do it again? definitely!

Lefkara village photos

Lefkara is considered one of the most picturesque villages in Cyprus, located in the hills between Limassol and Larnaca it’s a must visit for anyone spending time in Cyprus. It’s a fairly large village with a lot of coffee shops and traditional taverns usually quite busy especially during weekends. Ideally try parking as soon as you find a spot cause streets are narrow and road traffic makes it driving even harder.

Took these photos back in September during an unplanned visit.

Larnaca night photography

Shot these in Larnaca around the Castle area and the recently renovated Piale Pasha walkway. It was quite busy night but managed remove people walking by using a long exposure on tripod. Thankfully there was very little humidity otherwise the lights would have been overblown.

 

Cyprus Broadband and Mobile Marketshare (Q2 2013)

According to statistics released by the Cyprus Office of Electronic Communications & Postal Regulation (OCECPR) the broadband market share for the 2nd Quarter of 2013 are as follows:

Broadband Marketshare Cyprus 2013 (2nd Quarter)

Cablenet seems to be the winner of that period with a 2.7% increase while Cyta continues to be the loser with a 2.9% decrease. During this period the broadband penetration in Cyprus was 69% (down from 71%, same period last year). This is the first time it decreased since broadband connectivity was first introduced to Cyprus. This can be accounted to the economic situation (a lot of businesses closed down, taking their connectivity with them) and the fact that a lot of people use mobile connectivity for their basic internet fix.

On the mobile battlefield, the percentages are as follows:
Cyprus Mobile Marketshare 2013 (2nd Quarter)