Youth from Belgium wondering in the alleys of Sfairia

Katheti organized and delivered an adventurous, fun game to a group of young Belgian scouts, who visited Galatas and Poros this June and July. The game took place in the wonderful alleys of Sfairia and the scouts had the opportunity to visit and photograph main landmarks of the island, while they were wandering around the alleys. Katheti named the game “Sokakia”, and the daily activity, except for the actual game, included hiking from the old windmill (Milos) to Ag. Anargiroi church, and then dinner at a traditional taverna on Sfairia.  So, if in the past weeks you saw youth from Belgium wondering in the alleys of Sfairia, now you know what they were doing there!

The alleys of Sfairia

The alleys, what an amazing place to get yourself lost! So many different alleys leading to the same destination. Alleys that some local people have used for their entirely life. Alleys where local kids with their summer friends used to play hide and seek or even soccer.

Alleys leading to the main port road and few others leading to high hills, offering a panoramic view of the island, as well as the Peloponnese.

Alleys that might take you weeks if you try to walk them all. Alleys with hidden stories that worth a visitor exploring them anytime of the year.

The Sokakia game

The main idea of the game was to find yourself lost in the alleys of Sfairia. To explore, meet local people and reach your next destination by using a different alley each time.

The four teams (6-8 scouts per team) received a papyrus, which included the game instructions and rules. The papyrus also included several riddles that the scouts had to solve and the map of Sfairia to help them orientate themselves.

The game took place only in the alleys and all teams ended up at Agios Thanasis church, after wandering around some of the main landmarks of Poros.

This is where each team had to solve the toughest riddle, which most of the times gave them the winning points. Why don’t you give it a go trying solving this last riddle?

“Once a day, I wear my brightest crown. I am the tallest one aboveground. Lying on my back, I touch the sky. Search for my beauty where the sun goes down. Describe me and give me a name.”

Katheti created and delivered the Sokakia game, because it contributes to the development of sustainable tourism in our region. This is why Katheti is also actively involved in projects like Adopt a beach, Smart Villages and INCIRCLE.

At this point, we would like to express our gratitude to the following people:

To Eliane Pauwels, who provided continuous support regarding our communication with the scouts. To Sotiris Georgiou, the owner of the Old Platanos tavern; to Jenny Zenteli, the owner of Spiliada meze restaurant; to Akis Botsis, the owner of BO restaurant; to Anta Akiozidou, the owner of Geusiploia tavern, for their hospitality, their professionalism and the good food they prepared for us. Also, to Antonis Kormos, with the boat “Manos”, who offered us transportation between Galatas and Poros. And last but not least our friend poetess Alice Ponirou, for helping us create some of the riddles.

Photo gredits: Tasos Rodis

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