A Final Stop in Limassol, Cyprus
I flew from Antalya, Turkey to Nicosia, Cyprus. During this time, you learn that at one point, Cyprus was completely Greek, but the northern part was taken over by Turkey with the pretext of protecting the local Turkish population from repression.
Ultimately, this was a pretext for Turkey to invade Cyprus, but the reason was most likely the oil in the area.
Upon arriving in Nicosia, you need to take a 40 minute bus from the airport to the actual city of Nicosia. Then cross a customs check between Turkish Nicosia and Greek Nicosia, and then another 1 hour bus from Greek Nicosia to Limassol.
Keep in mind, there are no ubers on Cyprus 🙂
Limassol is a long beach city, with a single main boulevard for cars, with sporadic abandoned and bankrupt buildings, or new constructions for investors to hide their wealth from tax collection.
There is a sizable russian community here also, many of which simply escape Russia during the winter months, or live in Cyprus completely.
The beach at the time (in November 2019) was extremely windy, and the waters quite aggressive. You can obviously go for a swim, but not too far, since the current is quite strong.
Large shipment vessel are seen with their multicolored silhouettes in the horizon.
It wasn't HOT in November, but at night time, it could get mildly cool. Jeans and long-sleeve shirt kind of weather.
The main character of Cyprus is it's ancient fortress and old town. A collection of narrow streets, with stone and brick single or double story homes. There is a simple market and restaurant area, mixed in with more recent renovations.
The historical context of this town can only be really experienced with a guide, or a good history lesson… which I forgot to engage in during my time there.
North Cyprus, and Greek cyprus has a clear demarcation in religion, the north following Islam, while the south being orthodox greek (the same religion as Russia and Belarus).
I briefly wandered into the churches, but I've seen SO MANY of them, that it was the lowest of my priorities while in Cyprus.
My friend let me use his electric scooter, which allowed more coverage of Limassol, as opposed to always exploring on foot (electric scooters are awesome!)
A brief Excursion to Paphos, Cyprus
My buddy gave me a ride to the outskirts of Cyprus, to a small Villa of another friend area near Paphos.
His backyard consisted of this wrecked ship, the Edro III: https://goo.gl/maps/JBogoqV1g29ZknDN6
I managed to climb aboard, and take a few pix with my cellphone. It was covered in bird sh*t, so I didn't go inside to avoid contracting and bad bacteria or diseases.
But otherwise, it was a fun adventure.
Afterwards, we went for a little climb into the hills and mountains of Cyprus, to enjoy nature, and have a few fun conversations.
You get a sense that Cyprus will remain under-developed for as long as possible, with it's sparsely populated wilderness and average infrastructure. But in a sense, it means you can escape from the constant drive and grind of a major city, especially on the outskirts of Cyprus.
My friend, who is staying in the villa next to the big boat, managed to scale his Amazon business into the 7-figure range.
I made a brief interview about it with him, as he was on the verge of selling the business to finally be free.
Luckily, most days in Cyprus were warm at the least, and cool in the shadows, and cold at night.
This would be a great place to unwind and disconnect, although this could be impossible if you are still connected to the internet.
Limassol wasn't super busy at the time and a bit decrepit due to their recent bankruptcy, which gave it a more relaxed atmosphere and vibe.
Ultimately, Cyprus was a blast, with its wide nature, and very rural feel to it, while in not too dense in the cities themselves.