Because we will lose Internet access in the next few days, today will be my last post from Cyprus. Next time I write on Hometown Betty, it’ll be back in our chaotic home where I will no doubt have to readjust my sleep clock. But before I go, I wanted to share a few more things – our family achievements, top favorite sites in Cyprus, and top 10 cultural things about Cyprus. Plus, at the bottom you will find a listing of other excellent blogs about Cyprus.
Family Milestones Achieved in Cyprus
1. Our biggest family achievement: traveling to nine different countries in 10 months! That doesn’t include the additional three countries Prof traveled for work. For a family of four with two kids under the age of five, it was no easy task. Yet, we survived, grew closer, and learned to live more from each place we traveled.
2. Linus’s first haircut.
3. Piano Man’s trip of a lifetime.
4. Piano Man falls in love with art and photography.
5. My quest to figure out my sense of style.
6. Prof nearly complete on his first monograph!
My Top 10 Favorite Sites in Cyprus
Below you will see a recap of old posts that you may or may not have read. Click on the links to read more about a specific place.
1. Turtle Beach
2. Agia Napa, Nissi Beach
3. Walking Tour of the Old City
4. Apple Festival in the Troodos
5. Paphos and Paphos Zoo
6. St. Hilarion Castle
7. Zampelas Art Museum
8. Chrysaliniotissa Craft Center
9. Hala Sultan Tekke & Larnaca Salt Lake
10. Camel Park
11. St. Paul’s Pillar
Okay, so it was my top 11 favorite sites. I had to sneak an additional one in there. It was just too hard to narrow it down to 10.
Top 10 Things I Learned in Cyprus
Below is a listing of 10 things I learned in Cyprus. They are mostly about driving habits and store hours; however it’s still worth a read.
1. When the traffic signal turns green, the turning lane has right of way before oncoming traffic. Don’t forget to start moving the car when it turns yellow to green or else you may get honked at.
2. Kissing a friend on each cheek is how you greet someone.
3. You need to stock up on groceries before 2 pm on Wednesdays and on Saturdays because stores are closed on Sundays.
4. Greek-Cypriots are close talkers and use lots of hand gestures. They are very passionate people.
5. Coffee rules.
6. It’s too hot to do anything in July/August. People take at least two weeks off to avoid the heat.
7. Parking on the sidewalk or over the line in a parking spot is permissible.
8. Lunch is served around 2 pm, while dinner can begin anywhere past 9 pm.
9. You’ll get to meet people from all around the world. (We met people from over 20 countries who reside and work in Cyprus.)
10. Greek-Cypriots may be more reserved when you first meet them, but they are very kind and hospitable when you get to know them.
Other Blogs About Cyprus
Finally, since I will no longer be able to write about our experiences in Cyprus, here are some other excellent blogs about Cyprus to continue on your quest to learn more about this beautiful country:
http://thegintingsopendoor.wordpress.com (update as of January 16, 2014)
I am sure there are plenty other great blogs about Cyprus out there, so please share in the comments section below if you have any recommendations.
Thank you to everyone – from the ladies at our local grocery stores to Piano Man’s school and our church community – who helped us in our journey in Cyprus. We are forever grateful for all the wonderful friendships, opportunities, and lives shared together.
The next time I post something, I’ll be adding a new flavor to Hometown Betty – my passion for creating.
From my hometown to yours,