Living in Cyprus

Cyprus is a beautiful island, of that there is no doubt. You only have to look at the pictures in this post to see that. Apart from the crazy drivers and occasional slap-happy administration in some public services, it has great weather, nice people, and a low cost of living. What it also has, in spades, is fabulous views.

Looking at scenes like this and I have to say we’re pretty lucky.

But there’s a lot of hard work going into allowing us to live over here, not least of which is ensuring our clients have the best possible time when they’re on holiday.

When you’re looking to book a holiday these days, there’s enough to worry about before you even get to the airport. Rest assured as far as the properties we feature, we’ve done our best to ensure they are of the highest quality.

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Aaron Didn’t Want to Be a Jumper

Of course, it’s a play on words and quite a poor attempt at humour. If you’re not British, you won’t understand the connection between Aaron and jumper, but never mind.

Here in Cyprus you may well have seen the Glass Dance. Put simply it’s where a dancer has glasses of liquid piled on his or her head while he/she is still moving around, even better if they are attempting to dance and make little jumps as the professionals do. Sometimes trays of glasses are piled on the poor soul’s head. This spectacle is usually reserved for honoured guests, better known as gullible holidaymakers.

Many believe these trays have the glasses stuck to the tray, but either way it’s still impressive. What’s even more impressive is when the dance group pick a willing stooge, sorry, volunteer, from the audience. Usually male and usually a few glasses of wine or beer under their belts. Not long ago, in Kouklia village square, it was the turn of Aaron, on holiday from England, who was singled out to be the volunteer.

The twist is that the volunteer believes he has glasses piled on his head, he’s even shown what it is they expect him to balance. When all he ever had on his head was a single glass. To add to the belief the crowd is encouraged to cheer and clap when each glass was placed on Aaron’s head. The night in question the crowd were more enthusiastic than usual and encouraged Aaron to strut his stuff and Aaron dutifully obliged, much to the delight of the large audience seated at the various Tavernas in Kouklia village square.

I’m never certain, but I assume the victim is told about the deception later, but I hope his friends and family kept up the pretense for a while, he was so proud of his achievement. It’s a bit of fun and with the fabulous food and drink it’s well worth a visit to Kouklia, near Paphos, on a Thursday evening during the summer in the future.

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Cyprus in Style

Living in Cyprus gives you a unique perspective on the island and its people. I’ve lived in Cyprus for twelve years come September 2020 and in that time, I have seen many changes. Some of these changes have been good, some bad, some almost catastrophic. But in all that time, the one thing that stands out, is that the people of Cyprus simply shrug their shoulders and get on with their lives. We laugh, we cry, but we don’t let life get us down.

On holiday in Cyprus you will discover that the island has so much to offer any traveller, no matter how long or short your stay is. So, my advice to you is simple, slow down to the same pace as the island, which in Greek is siga, siga, slowly slowly in English. Now let the island’s culture wash over you, enjoy the weather, enjoy the food, enjoy the wine… but most of all, enjoy yourself.

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