So they started with the Senior Regatta to bring joy. They decided to award the winner with the Cup of Nester, who was a king, drinking the homemade Ikarian wine. They have plans to make the Senior Regatta an international event for people from all around Europe.
Christodoulos is president of the cultural organization, Association of Ikarian Studies, which publishes books, and organizes conferences and other events. They also have archeological finds and are engaged in cultural activities. In the last year, they’ve been building a path with marble signs, crossing Ikaria from east to west. These signs are actually 147 pronouncements of the Delphi Script, which are taught at all greek universities. They are placed on marble stones, positioned every 500 m throughout Ikaria, aiming to bring the culture and philosophy from the past times to today's life for the inhabitants to think of their past culture.
“Of course, fear is there, but I have more courage than fear. That’s why it works.”
“And I love to enjoy! And I don't have a lot of time, but I want to enjoy until the end ... like a glass of wine. This experience and knowledge I want to enjoy and to share … I enjoy the sea when I go swimming. I enjoy the women and friendship. I enjoy the moment. I don't have time to spend time with people who act half-half. People who just want to be famous or to have their names in the spotlights, people who don't understand the meaning of life. “
“Sometimes, when I am alone, I write poetry. About soul, love, sea, friends, women. It’s just for myself.“
"Last year we (SAILMED-Aegaian Cargo Sailing) made a tour of the GNC (Global Nutrient Cycling) project. We sailed from Kea Island thorugh Tinos, Mikonos, Ikaria, Samos, and back. There, we picked up ecological and sustainable regional products and moved them to Athens and surrounding areas. The goal was to bring these natural product to stores to sell them. as well as to make contacts and show that the islands are connected by sailing. The ball started to roll, and with the publicity of this project, we received an offer to transport 1,000 litres of olive oil to Italy and then on to Switzerland by electric car. Quite extraordinary, since they were moving only by means of wind and electricity
This year (2018) they repeated this trip, but instead of 6 islands, they visited 18 in 45 days. They used regular sailboats for tourists. Participants were like sponsors. In future, they also want to include tourists who are consuming natural products such as herbs, cheese, olive oil, plants ... There are good connections between big islands, but not as good between the smaller ones. In this way, the people of the Mediterranean are moving the local products between islands in their fridges without paying the huge costs for this. The demand is very high, which is also good for the locality. "We are shiftingfrom the Oil Ecology to a Blue Ecology, a more sustainable way of transportation. There is a small team of 15 people. The more we talk and the more we do, the more we are growing. Only the regatta meeting helped us to gain 3 new members."
"We know that what we do is quite idealistic, that this vision of the future is like an utopia, but we want to speak to the society … We have to start acting differently and help the blue economy! The organisation also tries to network each regional individual."
“I talk to my patients and help them in a medical way,” says Christodoulos, “but on the other side, they invite me and tell me to come to their homes. They offer me food and drinks. They are friends for me. I don’t have an office. I do it for the joy.” He treats them with normal medicine, “but if there is a way to help them with herbs, I also suggest this.”
"Alexander the Great went to Asia through Turkey, but also through Greece and Mediterranean islands. Archaeological research of Artemis and Apollos was done on these islands, and they found a lot of coins and sculptures with Greek influence. This is the source of the idea that Alexander the Great also went through the Greek islands."