Day 4 called for an early 6:30AM wake up call once again for a visit to the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus’ highest mountain range, after enjoying my same routine hotel breakfast. The Troodos Mountains had a cooler temperature and is known for consistent snowfall from January-March each year. After glancing at the mountainous landscape for some time and strolling in the souvenir shops, we had some free time in Omodos Village. Here, I appreciated the connected narrow roads/alleys, small jewelry shops, and restaurants. Also, we visited the Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) Monastery which had very intricate and detailed designs. After the monastery, we had a “meze” lunch at Stou Kir Yianni Tavern.
In the second half of the day, we met with Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) and the Cyprus Shipping Agency, hosted by the Limassol Chamber of Commerce. During this presentation, I learned about the sustainability efforts being taken regarding renewable energy and preserving marine life. Also, I took away the three main responsibilities of the Cyprus Ports Authority: commercial services, public functions, and acting as a regulator. Lastly, the four chairmen commented on the importance of cybersecurity in regards to their information system.
To the end the day, a group of us ate and celebrated a birthday at The Gym, located in the Old City of Nicosia near the hotel.