Well, I’m back. Even though I was only gone for a week it feels like much longer. I was in Edinburgh for a day, in Cyprus for three days, and in London for two days. It was so wonderful to get away for a bit — and to go somewhere so very different, yet familiar, where there was sun and warmth and the best food I’ve ever eaten.
Thank you to those who voted in my poll. It seems like you all want to hear about being an ex-pat the most, and one of the best parts of being an American in the UK is the opportunity to travel. For instance, going to Cyprus.
Three days in Cyprus really isn’t enough. It was supposed to be a four-day holiday, but weather in Edinburgh intervened to delay my flight by 24 hours (a trend, I am discovering, whenever I try to leave the country). Even so, my holiday was worth every minute. Chris had already set up our flat in Larnaca, and on the first day we went to Limassol, mainly to see the Roman ruins at Kourion.
The bus from Limassol to Kourion took twice as long as we thought it would, so we only got about an hour to run around a tiny corner of the ruins. (And yes, I can confirm that there are, in fact, Cypress trees in Cyprus.)
But at least I got to see a complete amphitheater with its incredible view and acoustics. I really wished I had brought A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner with me. The pivotal scene of the Barons’ Moot suddenly snapped clear in my head — I saw everything: the barons, Sounis, the ambassador. Oh, to go back so I could read that scene aloud in that place!
However, I had brought The Thief by MWT with me (the first in the series), so I took the opportunity to take a photoshoot with one of my favourite books of all time in such an incredible setting. The Cypriot cats were happy to oblige me.
We didn’t have enough time to wander around much of Limassol itself because we had to catch the bus back to Larnaca to get back in time for our Cyprus Taste Tour. If you ever go to Cyprus, you must try to schedule in this. We went to five different restaurants in Larnaca, trying and learning about various traditional dishes. Cypriot lemonade, coffee, lamb, and potatoes, are some of my new favourite things.
Tune in tomorrow for more about Cyprus!