Days Six & Seven: Weekend of Heaven

this is four days of rhyming titles.

We started our weekend by reuniting with the same guide who had showed us the old city. As we toured the countryside, she pointed out various buildings or historical facts we would find interesting. Our first stop of the drive down was the House of Eustolius at Kourion. We were shown an amphitheater and the roman bathhouses, where they’d all bathe together on beautiful mosaic floors.

Our next stop was Aphrodite’s rock, the place where the Greek goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea. As a big fan of Greek mythology, this was one of my favorite stops on the trip, and I got to climb up the rocks to get a better view and a couple pictures. The seagull at the tip of the rock was a paid actor. If we had more time, I would’ve swam around the rock, but it was still pretty from the shore.

After lunch with a pelican, which was unique, we toured the house of Dionysus and saw some tales from Greek mythology written on the stones of the floor. I recognized all of the characters and stories our guide had talked about and found the expansiveness of mythological tales astounding. At night, I went for some walks along the beach and enjoyed our new hotel.

I started Sunday by waking up at 5am to see the sunrise. However, this sunrise was on the other side of the island, so I didn’t get to see it. While I was disappointed, it let me get an early start to my day by reading and enjoying a delicious hot chocolate with my breakfast.

After I checked out of the hotel, I spent a beautiful day on the beach with my friends. We swam out to the jetty, played soccer & volleyball, and I got some time to relax and read. The beach is one of my favorite places, and I enjoy being on or around the water. I’m very glad we got an extra three hours to spend there instead of just coming back to Nicosia at noon.

Before we headed back, I grabbed lunch at a sports bar with a couple friends of mine. This got us in a soccer mood, and we tried to go the live soccer game tonight. After a couple ubers, we found out only Cypriot citizens with a special ‘non-violent’ card could enter, and made our way home after a couple attempts to enter. The weekend was very enjoyable, and I’ll be sad to leave the beach behind to go back to company visits tomorrow.

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