Taking a vacation while you’re on vacation is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. (Not that I entirely consider our time here in Lithuania a vacation since we are both working, albeit, not many more than 10-15 hours per week.) Its like waking up from a dream but realizing you’re still dreaming. When we arrived in Vilnius the weather was okay, but there were a lot clouds, gray skies, high winds, and rainy days. We decided it just wouldn’t do and searched online for the cheapest and warmest destination we could find. Cyprus, the small island off the coast of Syria and Lebanon, just south of Turkey, just north of Israel, won us over with the promise of hot weather, warm water, and beautiful beaches. It didn’t matter that I had no recollection of ever hearing anything about the country before, or that it was in such close proximity to countries that made my poor mama worry. We booked the flight and didn’t look back. Man, it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
We stayed on the Greek side of the island, only because that’s where the airport we flew into is located, where Mark’s cousin Sabine lives, and because we had such a short amount of time to spend in the country. We heard only good things about the Turkish side, so please visit it if you go! The food is said to be incredible.
Our week in Cyprus was spent enjoying the sunshine, eating grilled halloumi and tomato pitas, sipping on ice-cold frappes, hot Cyprus coffee, and dry Cypriot wine, taking moonlit dips in the sea, cliff diving with a mixed group of locals and other tourists, dancing until 4am with new friends, visiting monasteries in the mountains and ancient ruins. And bonus, Cyprus doesn’t see many American tourists, so everyone seemed really excited to meet us! They wanted to know where in the States we were from, how we came to visit their island, how its different from the U.S. At one point Mark said he felt like we were unicorns. All-in-all, it was one of my favorite places I’ve visited yet.