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year end 2021






Dear Freewalkers,

Just before this year ends we would like to reflect a bit on the year 2021.

It started with a lockdown and we were not allowed anymore to publish our walks. The Freewalkers walked anyhow, but also other small groups and we connected through Whatsapp. We avoided as much as possible the villages and public places. We did not want to create a negative image of the Freewalkers because in the end we are guests in Greece. In May the groups came again together and we were very happy about that.

The summer was very warm but we still continued our walks, often in the evening with drinks and dinner afterwards. Around Vasilitsi we had a lot of wildfires and also some Freewalkers were affected but luckily no casualties. In September we started the new season with a new very international Freewalkers team and a traditional kick off with a party at villa Koch with enough beer donated by Hans as he did already so many years. In September we started again with the official and announced walks, both on the website and on facebook. A lot of walkers joined us for the first walk.

On October 27 we had our 10 years anniversary. 10 years what a successful story. 54 Freewalkers joined that day the walk and the party afterwards. We are very proud that we were able to continue for 10 years the walks in this beautiful country. For the anniversary we had buttons designed and produced for every Freewalker and you can put your name on it. Almost every Freewalker wears the button with pride on every walk since then. Thanks to Hannes from Vienna who donated the first round of buttons.

We as Freewalker team do our best to keep the website and facebook up to date, we would like to plan new trails, also evening walks and do other things together (like the Kalamata city tour for example).

We want to thank everybody for your involvement in and loyalty to the Freewalkers. It gives us the feeling that we are on the right track. We want to plan and organize much more beautiful walks with you in the year 2022 and beyond.

And last but not least: We wish you all Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year without Covid 19.

Your Freewalkers team: Karin, Manfred, Pier and Gerben

We have loveley 10 years behind us. 10 years with lots of good walks, nice celebrations, fullmoonwalks, summer walks, Corona walks, lonley walks and walks with more then 50 walkers. Great events, surprising  and interesting. We want to say thank you to everybody who took place in our group of enthusiastic walkers. Some walkers left us, for different reasons, but we will keep them in our mind. We feel the freewalkers are like a big mosaik, each piece has his own value, each piece has his place. All this different personalities, different nationalities, different ages, colours, educations.... we are the freewalkers and we will be this for the next 10 years. Come and join us.

10 Jahre!

This must be celebrated and we will do so. Preparations are in full swing.

We have been hiking together for 10 years. For 10 years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to make social contacts, to do sports and at the same time to get to know "the country and its people". We have experienced a lot together. There were hikes that ended in "nowhere" and we had to go all the way back. Other hikes seemed endlessly long or too short. Sometimes it went steeply uphill, on "rolling stones" downhill, every now and then we had to climb and not so rarely we came back with scratched legs.

We sweated and frozen, there were four of us and sometimes more than 50 Freewalkers. But the hikes have one thing in common: they were unforgettable in our memory! Here we go for the next 10 years. Nothing will change, the Freewalkers are an international hiking group that meets twice a week to hike together. Without registration, without obligation and free of charge.

We celebrate with you and with a traditional hike, which we divide into a short and a longer route and of course with sparkling wine and snack.

The freewalker team would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this long time.

The summer season has started! The high temperatures don’t invite us to make walks. This year again everything is different from other years. After the second lockdown we started on the 15th of May with our regular walks. On the 24th of June we organized the last one, the traditional full moon walk from Chandrinou. Actually it was that day too hot to walk, but if there exists a nice tradition, you should go for it ……and so we did! It was a wonderful evening!

As always during July and August we take a break. But keep looking at our website!!!! Because you never know, sometimes it looks like freewalkers can’t stop walking. So maybe there is someone who wants to organize a lovely evening, breakfast or early bird walk, even a nice daytrip…..whatever. Like always everybody will be welcome and if you have an idea for a nice summer walk, let us know!

We hope to see all walkers again somewhere in September, stay healthy and please realize, the pandemic is not entirely over yet…………….

The Freewalkers team wishes you a wonderful summer!