Bye Georgina!!

Today we visited the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus. Georgina first showed us around the ghost town are of the occupied side of the city. It was really sad to see how worn down the once bustling town was. The whole occupied area definitely had a different, almost eerie feeling, than the city of Nicosia….

Day 9 Was Divine

Yiasas! Day 9 was absolutely divine. We finally went to the Northern side of Cyprus! We started at the old part of Famagusta which was a ghost town. It was crazy to see all of the abandoned buildings and hear about the history. This part of Famagusta became a ghost town after the Turkish invasion….

Day Nine in Cyprus

Day nine of Cyprus was a great excursion-filled day. We spent the day traveling to the Turkish side of Cyprus. Georgia pointed out the many British and Turkish outposts which I thought were very interesting. Going through the checkpoint into the Turkish side was a little stressful and unlike anything I had encountered before. Hearing…

Day 9: trip to the turkish side

Same morning routine, earlier day. We had to be prompt this morning because we were crossing the border to the Turkish side of Cyprus today. We picked up Georgia and headed towards the checkpoint.  It was another very informative bus ride as Georgia explained different sites and the history behind where we were going. We…

Great Beach Day

Today was a very interesting day. In the morning we drove towards famagusta and visited the Ghost Town. This was a town that was bombed in 1974 during Turkeys Invasion. The area used to be the most popular and beautiful beach in Cyprus but now there are only destroyed and unused buildings. After this we…

Day 9: Famagusta

Today we made our way to the Turkish side of Cyprus past the border towards the abandoned ghost town of Famagusta. Famagusta used to be the biggest tourist location on the island before Turkey overtook the city in 1974 leaving the many Greek Cypriots to evacuate and any who attempted to return were killed. Many…

Day 8: the future is digital

Today, we had meetings all day with various companies and professors at UNIC. The first company we met with was the Fleet Management Company. They are based in Hong Kong and manage over 600 vessels. Their Cyprus branch manages 35 different shipping vessels. I thought it was really cool to be able to talk to…

Day 9: Collapsing buildings and Caves

We had to meet at 7:45 this morning (15 minutes earlier than usual) because we were crossing the border into the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus. We had no business meetings today which was really nice because it meant I could wear something without having to make sure it was business appropriate.  After we made…

Day 9: Turkey but no Thanksgiving

Today was an explore day. Unfortunately, it the last day we spent with Georgia, our wonderful tour guide of Cyprus. The city and surrounding area we toured today was Famagusta. Georgia is actually from Famagusta. Famagusta is located on the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus, therefore, we had to cross the green line with our passports….

Day 9: The Ghost Town

Today, we made an early morning 8AM departure to Famagusta, apart of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. We had a Turkish Cypriot escort us during this visit, especially due to the strict security patrol to enter. Once we safely passed this security clearance, we strolled through Varosi, a deserted town also referred to as…

Lost Lands of a Fleeting Dream: Cyprus Day 9

I stand on a major road, but only silence rises from the asphalt. High-rises line the street, intended to hold the city’s next wave of tourists, yet the all remain empty. Some crack and crumble. The result of decades of neglect. There is something surreal about the ghost city of Famagusta. You feel as if…

Day 9: Northern Cyprus

Today we woke up early to go to Northern Cyprus, also known as the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, which is a de facto state that only Turkey recognizes. The “border crossing” was actually easier than I expected it to be as we only had to give our passports and we didn’t have to leave the…

Day Nine: Sherwin’s Dine

We started today at a record early 7:45 am start, to head over across the Turkish boarder for the first time. I was quite nervous as we were entering a highly militarized boarder with high tensions on both sides. Our first stop in the northern part was a ghost town: quite literally. This part of…

Cyprus Day 9: Famagusta and Sea Caves

Today we had a bit of an earlier start, beginning the day with a bus ride at 7:45. We travelled to the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus (the northern part). To cross the line into this part, we had to stop at a checkpoint and they looked at all of our passports. Then, a Turkish…

Day 9: Northern Cyprus

Today we crossed the green line and visited the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. On the way, we heard more from our guide, Georgianna, about the details of the invasion and occupation and about how things have changed since 1974. We drove through another British-controlled part of the island to cross the green line, which is…

Day Nine: The Turkish North

We started off our day by heading into the Turkish occupied Northern part of Cyprus. The drive was very entertaining as we Georgianna pointing out landmarks to us. As we drove, we were able to see much of the green line, which in some places is only marked by a short barbed wire fence. We…

Cyprus Day 9

Today we left southern Cyprus and went to the illegally occupied Turkish north. When Turkey invaded the island following the attempted coup d’état, a ceasefire was called, and where the Turkish advance stopped, the UN drew a buffer line. We crossed that line, requiring our passports to go to the biggest city in the north,…

day 9

Hello! Today was a great day of exploration in Cyprus. The bus left to our first stop, Famagusta, at 7:45 am. This is the Turkish part of Cyprus, which is in the northern part of Cyprus. We had to cross a military checkpoint to enter this part of Cyprus, which was a little scary, but…

Adventure into the Ghost Town

Today was a nice leisurely day where we first got to do some sightseeing in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus. In order to get into a country only Turkey’s government recognized we had to pass through a checkpoint and were given a silent guide to make sure we did everything right. While in the Turkish…

Days 6 and 7: A weekend from Heaven

Greek ruins The weekend started with a beautiful tour of the history of the island. The first place we stopped were some Greek ruins near the coast of Limassol. Since my childhood Greek mythology had always held a special place for me, largely because of the Percy Jackson books. This is why it was so…