Cyprus

Winter Days by the Sea

The seasons really sneak up on you in Cyprus.

One morning you are waking up to 20 C sunshine and within two days the world turns upside down and you’re battered with strong winds and rain. I remember last year especially well, because it was the end of November and we were sipping some bubbly on the beach in our shorts. Well I’m pleased to report that this year, summer was extended even further.

The photos below were taken on a weekend at the end of November – start of December and until now, the temperatures are still holding on around 18 C.  The seawater is still warm and best of all – there are virtually no tourists anywhere.

Even though I’ve lived here for almost 5 years, this warm winter is something pretty exciting.  But now and then, you do miss the snow, especially at Christmas time.  After seeing some reports about the first snow in Troodos, I thought it might be good idea to check it out, as a reminder of the winter season. What was supposed to be a blissful time in the winter wonderland turned out to be a complete disaster with public meltdowns (not me, my 3 year old), lack of snow and deserted villages. It makes you want to throw your hands in the air and say you give up.

But one thing that life in Cyprus teaches you is to expect the unexpected. That way, whatever obstacles may come my way, I’m always prepared. Instead of dwelling on the disaster we went to see our friends in Limassol and turned it into a really nice weekend.

But let’s get back to winter – the sun outside is only half of the story.

As soon as you get into any Cypriot home, you will feel like you’re entering a commercial freezer. 90% of the homes in Cyprus don’t have central heating (as they say ‘winter is so short here’) so you end up worshiping the air-conditioning units as your best friend. 

I turn into an old cranky lady when I have to wake up in a cold room and my goal of getting up earlier and doing yoga will now take triple the effort. Thank God there is always mulled wine and other friends who come and visit nearly every day.

Happy Monday everyone!

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