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Aunt Lisa

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Chris’ sister Lisa visited us for a week in August.  It was kind of a surprise visit because she found out just 3 weeks before her arrival that she would be able to come.  It was a real blessing to have her here (and not just because she brought 100 corn tortillas with her.)  We had so much fun.  After she adjusted to the heat we visited manu parts of the island including Salamis, Aphrodite’s Rock, Ayia Napa and Polis. 

We met the Shook family at Salamis.  Karsyn Shook  is Cami’s best friend.  Karsyn was also in the States visiting family so we thought it would be fun for the families to do something together.  It was unbelievable hot there.

We stopped by Aphrodite’s Rock on the way to Polis.  It is said that this is the exact spot where Aphrodite was born from the sea.

In Polis, we visited a student friend from India.  He cooks at an Indian restaurnat there.  The owner of the restaurant is a very nice English lady who allowed us to take a ride on one of her boats at no charge.  It was quite an unexpected treat.  We all agreed that the area around Polis must be what they show in the promo ads for Cyprus.  It was really beautiful.  On our way home we stopped to encourage another student that was working in a restaurant in a small village near Paphos.

DeAnn and Lisa went clubbing in Ayia Napa (sorry no pictures) with a coupe of friends and had a great time.  The whole family went to Ikea to enjoy the a/c and cheap food.  We also  had friends over and grilled on our patio.

I think Lisa had a good time.  We miss her a lot. Check out the pix on flickr.

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Colson’s Birthday

Last week we celebrated Colson’s birthday with a trip to the water park.  He invited two of his best friends, Jack and Marcus, to go with us.  It was a super day.  It wasn’t too hot or too windy  and the lines for each slide were short. 

Greek Final Exam

Today I took the final exam for Modern Greek 2 at Americanos College.  It was not easy.  It has been awhile since I took a final exam and I had forgotten what a big deal it can be.  I think I passed if 60% is a passing grade.  In the last two weeks we learned the past continuous, past simple and future tenses.  I can see the benefit of Modern Greek 1, which I chose to skip and basically covered the material the first two weeks of Greek 2.  But let’s not think about what I don’t know.  I’m am really amazed at what I do know.  If any of you speak Greek you know that it isn’t the easiest language.  Actually for me the hardest part for me is spelling the words correctly.  And remembering what all those words mean.  But I am very thankful for how much I do remember and am relatively pleased with my Greek learning experience.

Driving in Cyprus

One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome in moving to Cyprus was driving.  We were here three months before I was brave enough to get behind the wheel.  First of all, the driver is on the other side, so everything is on the other side (except the foot pedals, thank goodness.)  Still after more than a year of being here, I am sometimes gripped with feeling that I am going the wrong way on the wrong side of the street.  I am very thankful that has not been realityso far.  But I have also gained a lot of confidence and freedom in driving here.  Lets just say traffic laws are more of a recommendation (except for talking on a mobile phone while driving, which I learned first hand, unfortunately.)  I’m surprised that there aren’t more accidents.  Its like everybody understands that everyone else will be pulling out into traffic, running red lights, driving down the middle of the road parking where ever their car will fit.  So, I decided to write about all this because the other day I hit a driving in Cyrus on the other side of car milestone.  I parallel parked on a street in the old city.  I was so excited that I was successful that we took pictures.  Check it out on flickr.

Some Photos

I just added a few photos to flickr of some recent events.

St. Hilarion Castle and Kyrenia

Last Tuesday was a national holiday here so we took the oppurtunity to take a trip across the line to the north.  We visited St. Hilarion castle.  It was in use during the 11th-14th centuries. The construction is amazing.  With cool breeze and beautiful views (and strategic views) and defendablity, you can see why the ruling families decided to locate on the highest mountain in the area.

After we finished there we drove along the coast for a bit.  Then we went to Kyrenia to get some ice cream. 

Check out the pix.

Cali’s Birthday Party

Because Chris was away on Cali’s birthday we decided to have the party after he returned.  It took us awhile to get organized but we finally did it.  She wanted to have her party at the bowling alley.  This was her present also.  We limited the number of guests to something that was manageable, three.  Everybody had a great time.  Chris was the champion bowler, as should be expected.  Tabea was the top kid.  Check out the pics on flickr.