Monday, July 17, 2006

Cyprus

As a kind of last hurrah before leaving Germany, a friend of mine and I had planned on going to Croatia for a girls' week away. However, upon informing ourselves about the prices of some vacation packages, we decided that it was out of our price range, and started looking for an alternative.

My friend has traveled quite extensively in Europe, so it was going to be difficult finding a place where she hadn't been on a trip already, and which fit into our budget. Also, we both wanted to go to a country which had European customs, 'cos I didn't want a week of culture shock, i.e. Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco, popular vacation package destinations from Germany, were off our list. But we happened upon a nice offer for Cyprus.

And we didn't know much about the place, other than it is split in half between a Greek and Turkish sovereignty. And I honestly didn't really know where it was...assuming somewhere near both Turkey and Greece.

But in the last few days it has become increasingly clear where Cyprus lies: about 250 km from Beirut.





Cyprus will be the hub of evacuation of foreign nationals from Lebanon. So far Italians have already been evacuated through there. The French are going to start ferrying their nationals. The British will also be conducting their evacuations through the island. And the Americans started an air evacuation from the embassy yesterday, and are planning further evacuations.

Although I am sure we won't notice anything, since we will be in the western coast of the island, it will be an interesting time to be there.

Image from Korean Computer Mission.

6 Comments:

Blogger Princess Mommy said...

Don't know if you read my posts yesterday. Here are the links....

http://dailydentes.blogspot.com/2006/07/note-from-beirut-sunday.html

http://dailydentes.blogspot.com/2006/07/carol-update.html

4:41 PM  
Blogger Army Wife said...

you are more than welcome here at Casa De Dust...not exactly exotic, no cabana boys....no umbrellas for drinks...

and 2 kids that argue, but what the heck it is 100 degrees, and you could get a tan?

6:37 AM  
Blogger bee said...

Wow!
Take care of you!

4:15 PM  
Blogger MQ said...

Be careful!

9:49 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

How did you find being there with the evacuations going on? I was in the eastern side of the island (Staying Here) so I didn't really see any effect of it.

11:18 AM  
Blogger CaliValleyGirl said...

I was also in Paphos and didn't notice anything. The only thing was apparently, according to some of the locals we talked to, there were quite a few Lebanese who had evacuated to Cyprus, and were apparently "vacationing" there for the time being.

4:18 PM  

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