Time marches on

Today, when I locked up the museum and left work just past 4.00 PM, it was still light. A mere fortnight ago it was full darkness by this time.

O Sun, hasten thy return!

A taste of Turkey

On our second day in Cyprus, Chris and I wanted to go to Nicosia. That day was the Feast of Epiphany, however, and because it was a public holiday we ended up staying in Larnaca. I don’t have any pictures from that day, so my account of Larnaca will have to wait until Chris has sent me a few of hers.

We went to Nicosia on Saturday instead. Nicosia is the capitol of Cyprus and it is also the last remaining divided city in Europe. In the 1970s, Turkey invaded the island and now occupies the northern part of the country. Both countries claim Nicosia as their capitol, and the Green Line divides the city between them. Because we were curious, and a bit adventure seeking, Chris and I went to have a look.

Crossing the border was surprisingly easy. We walked through the buffer zone, which was occupied by protestors, and then had our passports checked by the Turkish Cypriot border guards. Our guard was really friendly and he even let Chris and I stamp our own passports! We were, perhaps, more than a little excited about this breech of normal procedure.

And then we were in the Turkish Republic of Norther Cyprus, a ‘country’ not internationally recognised and which we did have mixed feelings about being in, but was fascinating to walk around in.

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I like Cypriot cats

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.

I think one of my new goals in life is to visit as many Mediterranean countries as I can.

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. Continue reading

I want YOU

…to give some feedback.

I am going way far away for a few days in search of some sunlight and warmth. When I come back I hope to find that more than one or two people have answered this poll. If you read this blog, let me know what you think! Yes, even you lurkers out there. 🙂

Off to find the sun!

In review

My 2011 in review. I did this last year and it was fun to see how much the year can hold, so I’m doing it again. I can tell just how crazy and busy last year was since there were months I couldn’t remember at all what happened and had to refer to my own blog!

January: I return from lovely Yorkshire and resume work on my Thesis. I read a lot of books and survive the darkness of January.

February: I institute the new annual holiday of St Elfleda’s Day. I visit friends in Oxford and attend a palaeography masterclass in Bangor, Wales.

March: Spring arrives and part of me begins to wake in the sunlight. I begin work in the garden and make a new friend, the pretty Miss Kitty.

April: Ros wakes up to a nightmare come true thanks to my fantastic prank for April Fool’s. More work, more gardening, and joy comes at Eastertime.

May: With Faith’s help, I finally learn how to crochet. More work in the garden. I present at a myths and fairy tales conference in Cardiff, Wales. The month ends with my birthday and delicious cake.

June: A month of writing: I finished a chapter of my thesis and wrote a novel, The Golden Crab for JuNoWriMo. I go to Stirling for to see the newly renovated 16th century royal apartments.

July: A month of travelling: I present a paper at the IMC in Leeds and attend the Triennial International Arthurian Society Congress in Bristol. Between the two I spend ten days in London attending proms, plays, reading in parks, and going to museums.

August: More gardening: the courgettes and blackcurrant harvest begins. The Lammas fair comes and goes. I jump on a jet plane to visit Sarah in Ohio.

September: I attend the wedding of Felicity and Thomas G. in Oklahoma, visit Kelly in Texas, and visit my parents, also in Texas. I leave the U.S. with far more books than I brought with me, and come home in time for the apple harvest.

October: I watch more television than read books, furiously crocheting a baby blanket. Preparations for NaNoWriMo, and Survive November begin. Some friends and I celebrate Halloween.

November: The busiest of all months: I write a conference paper, a book review, and a novel, The Hero for NaNoWriMo. I work 20 hours a week at the museum, while also staying on top of various other commitments.

December: Another busy month: I write another chapter of my thesis, perform and participate in various Christmas services, and work 15 hours a week at the museum. Ends well with a visit from my parents for Christmas and with amazing my mom with London’s New Year’s firework display.

Happy New Year! Here’s to whatever adventure 2012 may bring!