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Cypriot Meandering

Laidback. That pretty much sums up Cyprus. With the history we were after, we managed to meander through some amazing scenes and places – some off the beaten track and some with the flow of tourists. This, while enjoying some Third Wave coffee vibes at Gloria Jeans Coffees.

 

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

St Hilarion Castle (inspiration for Walt Disney's Snow White)

St Hilarion Castle (inspiration for Walt Disney’s Snow White)

Girne - quaint harbour town

Girne – quaint harbour town

Karpaz Peninsula’s Golden Beach – home of hatching turtles

Karpaz Peninsula’s Golden Beach – home of hatching turtles

Salamis – ancient Roman port city where the Apostle Paul landed during his first Missionary Journey (Acts 13:5)

Salamis – ancient Roman port city where the Apostle Paul landed during his First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:5)

 

Republic of Cyprus (South)

Troodos Mountains – some incredible trail running was had!

Troodos Mountains – some incredible trail running was had!

Olympos trail run

Artemis Trail, 7.5km

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Akamas Peninsula – hot, dusty and remote

Akamas Peninsula – hot, dusty and remote

Paphos – ancient Roman city where the Apostle Paul departed after travelling and ministering through the country (Acts 13:6-13)

Paphos – ancient Roman city where the Apostle Paul departed after travelling and ministering through the country (Acts 13:6-13)

Sojourning so far

Sojourning so far

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Jesus Trail

Tales are easy to read. Even writing a Tale is somewhat easy. Yet, some Tales are not so easy to create. This is true for the Jesus Trail. This 72 km, 5 day, 4 night hiking trail which traverses the lands of our Saviour Jesus from his home town of Nazareth to Capernaum (Matthew 4:13-16) alongside the Sea of Galilee has probably been one of our toughest trails to Trailblaze to date.

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This Tale describes (to the best of our ability) the Jesus Trail – the highs and lows, the blood, sweat and some tears.

 

Day 1 – Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) to Zippori, 10.3km, 40 deg C

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Wild camping at Zippori

Wild camping at Zippori

 

Day 2 – Zippori to Lavi Forest (Roman Road) via Cana (John 2:1-11), 18.8km, 40 deg C

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Via Maris Roman Road

 

Day 3 – Lavi Forest to Arbel National Park (Hosea 10:14), 21.1km, 32 deg C

Ancient Wine Press

Ancient Wine Press

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Wild Camping next to 4th Century Synagogue

Wild camping next to 4th Century Synagogue

 

Day 4 – Arbel National Park to Magdala (Luke 8:1-3), 6.5km, 25 deg C

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Sea of Galilee, -212m below sea level

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Day 5 – Magdala to Capernaum (Luke 4:31-37) via Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7), 14.7km, 24 deg C

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Ancient village of Capernaum

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The Jesus Trail proved to be a hot, hard and honouring experience.

 

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Sojourning so far

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Coffee Fix – Cofix

It was hot, very hot. Not only this, but sojourning through our forth country in as many weeks brought about a weariness that something had to fix. Well, we found the fix – Cofix.

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Found only in Israel, Cofix was formed simply because there was a gap in the market – a gap that needed filling by a simple solution of providing each and every product it sells at a fixed price of 5 Israeli Shekel’s. In South African language this equates to about 16 Rand for an iced coffee. Not bad at all – even for us budget backpackers!

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According to its founder, Father Katz: “It all started on one of my trips to the country when a fellow traveller and I entered the store of a gas station. I took 50 Shekel’s with me from the car and ordered coffee and a sandwich and he ordered an iced coffee and a packet of chewing gum, the payment of which came to over 50 Shekel’s. This required me to return to the car and get some more money. At that moment I thought to myself why should a coffee and a sandwich cost so much money? A person who travels a lot and wants to drink more than one coffee a day and eat a little something would spend 2,500 Shekel’s a month and which could result in him choosing not to drink or eat.”

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The iced coffee was a hit for Lisa – bringing some relief at the bus stations in-between moving about the country on its extremely efficient transport system, all at a temperature of about 35 degrees.

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Not only does Cofix appeal and is a hit for its locals as an alternative to high priced caffeine options in competing café’s, but it certainly plays well into the needs of weary travellers. Well done and thank you Cofix!