Archive of ‘Cyprus’ category

A few snacks.

Tahini sauce and eggplant dip.

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Lamb and pork souvlaki.

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Potato stuffed Armenian bread.

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We had to…

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Terrible dogs but the nachos were unique to this Ikea and tasted yummy.

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Ikea sunset.

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Over the Green Line, Turkish Cyprus.

Take a selfie in front of passport control then continue on into Turkey!  Warning, this side of the line suffers from extreme poverty. 

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Playing construction materials is always fun!

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Just in case.

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Danger ous.

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I still can’t get over how odd the separation is.

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Turkish workshops and food market, Cyprus.

Once again the Turks have not let us down, their hospitality and warmth is unparalleled to any other humans we have met along the way. While touring the Turkish side of Nicosia we veered off the touristy path and stumbled upon a series of workshops ranging from cabinet makers to vintage bike restorers. Everyone was beyond welcoming (didn’t matter if they spoke English or not) and let us explore their shops.       

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Greek Nicosia.

Yesterday, we jumped on a bus and traveled to Cyprus’s capital city. Nicosia is the only remaining split capital in the world. The UN  has been here since 1974 protecting the “Green Line”, a stupid 180 kilometer wall made out of razor wire separating Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus! On the Greek side tourists line up and show their passports then walk across an imaginary line into Turkey where everyone speaks Turkish, eats Turkish food and uses Turkish Lira as currency…so weird!

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Having a good old Cyprian time.

Best smelling flowers in the world and they are everywhere!

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Costa, our friendly neighborhood butcher.

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Costa’s smoky paprika sausages used in our Airbnb stew with taro, fresh cilantro, leeks and hot peppers.

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Larnaca salt lake is behind this field and it is filled with brine shrimp which feeds many pink flamingo in the winter time.  On the other side of this lake lies the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the holiest of shrines within Ottoman Islam. It houses the tomb of Umm Haram, Muhammad’s ‘wet-nurse’. Apparently she fell off her donkey and died in that exact spot.

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Landed in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Larnaca is designed for beach-loving tourists (mainly Brits and Russians). The brand new sea side walkway, beaches and cafes in the town center are clean and attractive, yet you only need to walk one block inland to see the poverty and neglect true Cypriots live in.   

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