22.1.08

cyprus

our initial plan was to stay in cyprus for about a week and then move on to turkey... we have been in cyprus a week now and we still havent left polis, the little village that we travelled to on our first day here. the country is beautiful, the people are friendly, the food is great and the wine is tasty (and cheap!).
on our first day in cyprus, we met stellios at a bus stop. he proceeded to give us an overview of the history of the island from ancient greek times, through the byzantine era and the rule of the turks up until the present day. turns out he is a teacher. although he is almost 80, he has recently taken up studying the scottish poets. we ran into him again the next day (also at a bus stop).


we have stayed in polis b/c we really like the village (pop 1000) and the people, and also because it is situated on a great part of the island. polis is on the western edge of cyprus. south of it lies the akama peninsula, a wilderness reserve we hiked through on our first day here. north of it is the tylleria mountains, another wilderness area. surrounding it is the beautiful mediterranean sea.



to make the most of our time here we rented a little honda 250 to get around. yesterday we took it up over the peninsula to the coast on the other side and explored the backroads of cyprus

as well as lara beach (the summit of the hill at the top is where the above picture was taken)

and some prime goat pasture.

after that we ate some salmon at a local restaurant

and explored a hidden canyon

then zigzagged back up over the peninsula to watch the sunset before heading home.


today we went north into the mountains. we started along a beautiful coastal road and then turned inland onto a dirt road up into the mountains. the landscape reminded us a lot of BC.

after gaining a lot of altitude we came out on an amazing tarmac road up in the highlands. roads like this are why people buy motorbikes (dont worry mom, kylie won't let me!). cruising along with beautiful views on either side and constantly leaning one way or the other to navigate the mountain passes makes quite an arguement though. the entire time we were in the highlands we only saw 3 other vehicles. it is tourist low season and the locals think it is freezing now, so they stay well away from the mountains.

we did a quick hike and then after another hour of lovely turns on lush tarmac we ventured onto a new dirt road which took us back down to the coast and on our way home.




other than biking and hiking, we have been eating a lot of oranges. apparently jan. is orange season around here... maybe every season is orange season, i dont know.



tomorrow we might head to a new area of cyprus, or we might not since polis is so nice. did i mention that we have a little studio apartment with a full kitchen? that helps us feel at home. for those of you disgusted with our flagrant and continuous vacation, you will be happy to know that i have already booked an entire month of work when we get home! that's right a month!! i think i might need a vacation after that.


i hope you are all having a good time. we are thinking of you in canada, kenya and holland.

5 comments:

marcandorkylie said...

I would just like to say that Marc is being a brat for putting that picture of me up trying to put my helmut on, it was very difficult!

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like you two are seeing some very beautiful sunset and views. Thanks for sharing your vacation experiences with us and for making me wish i was there lol.

Tina
Tuscaloosa, AL

marcandorkylie said...

First off I must say I meant helmet not helmut and Tina, we are curious - how did you find our blog? We are definitely enjoying the sunsets!
Kylie

Anonymous said...

The age of the blog... thank you both for all of this. We think of you and your travels often back in the wack, both here at home and in the ED. I was going to send a facebook message to ask how things are, but then I remembered something about a blog- and a google, and a bit of a read later, here I am.

You seem to have gone from Africa to travels. Does that mean you are on your way back here? Or elsewhere?

Hugh Mitenko

tyrnandkelsey said...

AWW! You guys got to rent a motorbike before we did! Looks like lots of fun. Cyprus looks something like Crete, from your pictures. Also a great place for a bike!
Love the mudman picture. Your stories from Israel are unreal. A different story than we're used to hearing for sure.
We're starting to think about home too, but haven't booked any work yet.

stay safe,
ty and kelsey