The Turkish Region

Today we traveled to the Turkish region of the island of Cyprus. The Turkish region covers the North-Eastern part of the island. After traveling through the city, we headed to the beach for a few hours. Then we visited the sea caves and a land bridge to take pictures. The country of Cyprus became independent…

Famagusta: Visiting Varosi, the Old City, and Fig Tree Bay

What happens to a city when people are forced to leave? Famagusta was once a thriving tourist destination in the 60s, but during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Greek Cypriots fled the city and have not been allowed to return, leaving Famagusta to be abandoned for the past 48 years (nearly half a…

The City That Once Was

Our day started bright and early at 8am, and we rolled out and headed for Famagusta. Our first stop was in the abandoned city following our passport checks. The city was built in the 60s and was completely abandoned in 1974 when the Turkish invaded, and was left untouched ever since. The thing that really…

A Ghost Town and Another Beach

On Tuesday, we spent the day in Famagusta. Famagusta was invaded by Turkey in 1974 and is still under Turkish control. Because of this, it is not recognized as its own country by the rest of the world. In order to enter the territory, we needed to show our passports. The first thing we did…

A Trip to the Ghost Town.

Today was a day full of sightseeing. We started our day by visiting the ghost town of Famagusta. This is located in the North of Cyprus so it is in the Turkish region. This area has been abandoned since the conflict between the Greeks and Turkish in 1974. This was the only city thus far…

Ninth Day in Cyprus: Famagusta and the East Coast

Our ninth day started off early again with an 8am bus ride to the city of Famagusta, in the Turkish-controlled northern part of Cyprus. We had to stop at a security checkpoint when we crossed from the Greek side to the Turkish side of the island, and we also saw lookout posts on both sides…

Day Nine: A Venture into the North

Today was our first and last venture into the Northern-occupied areas of Cyprus. It was a little intimidating but also an extremely interesting cultural experience. It was very odd to see the process of crossing over to the Turkish side. We were required to have a Turkish escort with us at all times, even on…

Famagusta

Today we spent the whole day in Famagusta. First, we had to drive through the buffer zone set up by the UN between the free side of Cyprus and the Turkish Military controlled side. Once through the boarder we walked through a city that was abandoned after the Turks invaded the Northern half of Cyprus….

Famagusta and Turkey

We visited one of the last cities on the island that we had yet to, Famagusta. This city is on the Turkish side of the island which is not recognized by the world. The city has multiple parts to it. There’s the old city which is within the walls of an old fort built by…

Famagusta Day!

We got an early start today and headed towards Famagusta. Due to Famagusta being militant occupied we had to have our passports to cross into that part of Cyprus. Famagusta was invaded by Turkey and is technically not part of Cyprus anymore. We got to be some of the first people to walk through the…

So uhh… do you like crypto?

Today we went to the University of Nicosia to hear a panel from some different ship management companies. First we heard from Fleet Management Company (FML). Then, Antonis Polemitis talked to us about cryptocurrency, the blockchain, and NFTs. Finally, we talked to Spyros Makridakis. He is a leading data forecaster for large companies all over…

Day Eight: A Day at UNIC

We spent the day at the University of Nicosia today, hearing from Fleet Management Limited and listening to two wonderful lectures from UNIC faculty. The director of FML Ship Management in Cyprus, Mr. Sunil Kapoor, started by giving us a nice overview of the company overall. This is the only ship management company in Cyprus…

The Metaverse Will Consume Society As We Know It

Today, we sat in on a panel with a ship management company and attended lectures for blockchain and forecasting. The ship management company focused the most on supply chain management in their presentation out of the three presentations. They play the essential role of moving large quantities of products and materials across the world, taking…

Buying Some Bitcoin After Today

Despite our relaxing weekend, it was time to get right back to businesses this Monday. We had a full slate that required us to leave the hotel at 9am and spend the entire day at the University of Nicosia. Today consisted of 3 meetings: a conference with Fleet Management Ltd, a lecture on blockchain and…

Getting Back to Business with Shipping, Blockchain, and Forecasting

This weekend was a relaxing change of pace, but today it was time to get back to business with a meeting and two lectures. The morning started with a quick bus drive back to the University of Nicosia where we had a business meeting with Fleet Management Limited (FML). FML is a ship management company…

Day 8: In the Classroom

Today we spent our day back at the University of Nicosia listening to guest speakers. The first speaker was from a ship management company called Fleet Management Limited. As another part of the small scale supply chain that makes up the transportation element of the larger, global supply chain, Fleet is in charge of staffing…

Crypto Day

Today we spent the day at the University of Nicosia to listen to 4 different speakers. The first 2 speakers were from Fleet Management Company, which is a company that manages and provides seafarers for cargo ships. They talked about how sailing is a necessary industry because it can traverse water and carry tons of…

Another Round at UNIC

All of today’s activities took place at the University of Nicosia. The first people to speak were people from a company called Fleet Management Limited. They are a shipmanagement company with a branch located in Cyprus. They manage over 600 ships around the globe. The mother company claims to be the second largest shipmanagement company…

A Bit of Bitcoin

We spent Monday at UNIC attending meetings and listening to lectures. Our first meeting was with Fleet Management Limited (FML). They are a ship management company that manages over 35 ships in Cyprus and over 600 worldwide. FML does not own these ships; they provide crew, maintenance, and help with operation. They have put effort…