Last Meeting!

Today was another pretty packed day! We started off the day with a tour of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) which houses a state-of-the-art facility filled with high-tech equipment and transitional seating. The meeting began with a hologram video of a representative from the company who described PWC and discussed their mission statement. My favorite aspect of the PWC tour was the time allocated to networking with different business leaders. One of the leaders gave a talk on circular economy which is a newer type of economy that differs from linear economy. Circular economy involves reintroducing materials that would otherwise not be used back into the economy. This can be done in a variety of ways such as recycling, redistributing, or even sharing goods. She gave examples of some products that can easily represent a circular economy such as a bicycle. She also went over companies that are prioritizing using recyclable materials in their products. For instance, there is a wine company that is now producing flat wine bottles that are made from recycled plastics. These plastic bottles are lighter and easier to package which in turn reduces carbon emissions by sixty percent.

After our meeting with PWC, we had four hours of free time. In that time, we stopped at an Armenian restaurant which was my first experience having Armenia food; it was amazing! Afterwards, we went to a couple of souvenir shops to find last minute gifts for friends and family. Then, we went to the Cyprus museum which was full of artifacts from many different time periods in Cypriot history. My favorite exhibit was the rooms full of beautiful vases, cups, and bowls inscribed with images of Greek Gods. There were also clay tablets that were on display which discussed the ownership of land. The museum also had displays of intricate jewelry, theater masks, and body armor. It amazed me that Ancient Cypriots were able to produce these detailed works of art with limited equipment. After spending some time at the museum, we got ready for our last group dinner which was a traditional Cypriot mezze. We had two different salads, pita with a variety of dips, pork and chicken souvlaki, chicken and pork burgers, and homemade French fries. Needless to say, it was a fantastic meal. I’m truly going to miss the experience of eating a mezze with friends. It is a slower paced meal that is more of an occasion than a typical dinner in the United States. As my second to last day in Cyprus comes to a close, I can’t help but feel sad about departing but also blessed for the time I had had in Cyprus.

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