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Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2010


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

I have arrived in Cyprus after a day of flying. Uncle Max and I had no problems getting here. The first night we got here we went out to eat at some restaurant called sit it, where we had some yummy dish that included pita bread, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic glaze. For our main course we had shrimp kabobs that the shrimp still had their heads out (this was not very good) and to top it off we shared a brownie sundae with vanilla ice cream.
The next morning we met the head of the global learning semesters (GLS) who showed me to my apartment. I have a single and have pushed the beds together to form a king size bed, however, one of the mattresses is broken and when you sit on it, the mattress goes through the frame. The day i moved in, Uncle Max and I went to the "mall" which is located about a block away from my building that has a Walmart/target and a "home depot" five times. We picked up a desk lamp, some trash bags and little things like that. Mid way through moving in/unpacking, we took a break and went to the campus (located less than a minute walk away) and had lunch at the cafeteria and sat outside. It was about 63 degrees. The food was very good and the menu for the day included octopus and pork chop. We wondered around the campus looking for a bookstore that sold tee shirts with the schools name on it, during which we encountered our first translation error. One Greek woman said follow the foot prints instead of foot path. In the end there were no school tee shirts. 
I have two roommates. One is Anna, she is from Seattle and the other is Paige who is from Texas. They are both very nice. We are talking about planning a trip to Egypt over the long weekend in February. We have met other flat mates living on the same end of the halls as us and went out to a "disco" last night with them. Our apartment is nice, we have a huge deck with a large living room. We spend a lot of time out on the deck sitting. Last night before we went out we kicked off our semester with champagne, pasta, feta cheese and pita bread and sat and talked for over two hours. 
There are some quarks about living in a European apartment such as no flushing tp down the toilet and we only have running water on certain days (so we have to watch the level of water in the tank so we dont use it up when we have no water) (but we do have running water all the time) we also if it is cloudy we have to "boost" the heat and turn the water heater on about 20 mins before your shower.
There are orange trees lining the streets and all the oranges are in full blossom right now so it is very pretty. The city is very clean and most of the buildings are white with orange tiled roofs or blue roofs. 
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