Cyprus, the Beginning

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Screaming Jets once sang
 
There's nothing like the feeling at the boarding gate
Not sure I'll ever get used to that one
Now I see her, now she's gone
Then I turn and go away
Then I start counting down the days
 
Lucy had left me for a visit to Australia, but I wasn't counting the days until I saw her again, I was counting the days until I went to Cyprus, and as I now have no job, what care in the world do I have !!!
 
After the initial flight, I was given my aluminuim can that is to be my trusty steed for the week. It was gutless, but I was in no rush. For an EU country, amazingly, GPS does not work here, so I had to drive blind. I did have a kind of a map, but it didn't help, luckily, driving with one dodgy arm/hand, reading a map and thankfully, driving on the left hand side of the road, I found the signs to Limassol or Lemesos as the Cypriots would call it.
 
As I got closer, Limassol disappeared !!! Taking the next turn off, I found some signs that said city centre. I didn't see anything that said Limassol, were they trying to hide it !!! Luckily, my inbuilt navigation system found the right street, and my dodgy hotel came into view. I was met by a guy who can only be described as looking like Kenny Roger's dad !!! Then another guy came in and he was Kenny Rogers. He was even a Seppoe !!! He ran the place, gave me the lowdowns, showed me the room, then I went out walking.
 
The old town is quite small. The churches are your typival Greek Orthodox wedding cake style, and I even found a Mosque. The Ottomans had a big presence here, so I was looking forward to getting re-aquainted with Islam. It's a pity the door was locked as I couldn't see inside. There was also an old Byzantine fort which was now a museum. You are not allowed to take photos inside, and as there tourists around, the guard followed me everywhere. I couldn't even throw him off the roof as it was locked up. When I asked why, I was told that a granny had gone up there and jumped, so now it was closed !!!
 
By the time I had finished just wandering around, I discovered that this place had sold out big time. There was a Starbucks !!! So I hit up a dinner place in whoresville. It was amazing, there were topless shows being advertised. Touts were trying to drag me in. As Lucy wasn't around, I was tempted, but I thought as it was my first day here, I better not !!!
 
So that was day 1. Nothing to spectacular, but it can only improve. Tomorrow I'm off to Nicosia, a divided city, and I am looking forward to that.
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ilovemendo
ilovemendo on

I love to Travel with you!!!!!!
My name is Caren and I am a 49 year old female in the San Francisco Bay Area who has picked you to travel with in a vicarious way as I have a ten year old Daughter and 12 year old son and am in the process of a divorce now lasting over 3 years. I can not pick up and run around the world as I love my kids to much and the laws of the state prevent me from kidnapping my own kids so I just wanted to thank you for really helping me to enjoy your travels and my second childhood.

From the beautiful weather of the City by the Bay and true home of all Good Rock and Roll!!!!!!! I look forward to our new trip!!!!!!!! Fondly, Caren

cguzik
cguzik on

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Uncle D, Glad to hear you made it to Cyprus. As always your charming personality and looks got one more victim!!(as we can read above :) )

Love,

Your Favorite Niece

thistlemoon
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Going it alone, huh? Cyprus sounds like a great place to adventure! :)

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