Hard to believe, but another year is coming to an end.  

What didn't happen in 2022?  

It started great, no more corona rules that restricted our hikes.  

With the new team there were 2 hikes a week and both hikes were very well attended.  

The number of members increased and increased, today we welcomed the 250th member of the fb group.  

We get a lot of appreciation and that's good, of course.

The summer hikes were sometimes almost confusingly full, sometimes we had trouble keeping the group together.  Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun hiking and also in the afterwards get-together.  After our now traditional full moon hike on Mount Profit Elias near Chandrinou, the summer break began.  

From then on we hiked once a week, but only in the evening.  The hike usually ended in a tavern, a successful evening for all freewalkers. 

From September on there was a small change, back to the original rules: 

hikes took place every Saturday, Wednesday hikes only if a hiking guide could be found.  

Hiking twice a week, having to be there on place every time, that was too much for us.  

In the meantime, it has been shown that this change was well received, so you can easily move it from Saturday to Wednesday if the weather is bad.  

Which has happened a number of times in the last month.  

Nevertheless, if you feel to guide a short (5-7 km) hike and if you have read the freewalker rules, you can register yourself for a Wednesday hike at any time.

The freewalker team has been put together again this year, Gerben has left, Marion has joined instead.  

We would like to thank Gerben for his ideas and his good actions and are happy to have an energetic successor in Marion.  

Manfred, Karin and Pier stayed, of course....

But we also want to say thank you to the many hiking guides who made it possible to organize so many hikes in the first place.  

So many thanks to Gerben, to John and Lesley, to Ad and Enry, to Marius and Marian, to Klaas and Flora and last but not least to Arnold.

Politically, 2022 has been quite an exciting year and many of us are grateful to live here in Greece.  

We feel like in paradise.  

Let's continue to enjoy it for as long as possible.

The freewalkers wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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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