Monday 28 July 2008

much better now

I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that I'm feeling much better than I was last time.

On Saturday night I went to a party, which was fun.

Yesterday I stayed in bed all day, so I couldn't/didn't go to sleep last night.

And now nearly all of the packing is done. Hurrah!

4 days to go...

Saturday 26 July 2008

Hmmm. Bah!

I feel really low. I think it's probably because this is day 3 without a cigarette. I don't feel like I need or even want a cigarette, though. I just feel down. Miserable, you might say.

Packing is really pissing me off. I just want to wave a wand and for it to all be done. But of course, that's not going to happen.

I'm so good at finding ways to distract myself from what I ought to be doing.

Like writing this, right now, when I should be packing...

Tuesday 22 July 2008


Monday 21 July 2008

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Thursday 17 July 2008


A couple of pictures of me, taken by Graham, when he came to visit me last month. To see more of his pictures click here.

Saturday 12 July 2008

what else?

There are things I've started here which I'd like to continue with when I'm back in the UK.

I've been volunteering for the Cyprus Samaritans, which has been very interesting. There's an Information Day at the Birmingham branch a few days after I get back, which I plan to go to.

I've been a life model at Tekniart (a local art college), which I've really enjoyed, so I'd love to find somewhere in Birmingham where I can carry on.

I'm looking for a Photography course to start in September, as I've been taking lots of pictures here, and want to find out a bit more about how to do it well. I was asked to take photos at somebody's wedding last week, which was great fun.

I'd also like to carry on learning Greek, and maybe take up French again, as I've remembered how much I enjoy learning languages.

I know I said yesterday that I had lots more I wanted to talk about. But today, I'm not sure that I do...

Friday 11 July 2008

almost forever...

Yes, yes, I know, it's been AGES since I last posted. A month, in fact, to the very day. And many, many things have happened in that month; my head has been too full to write any of it down. But now I feel ready. So, where to begin?

Well, I guess the biggest news is that I'm coming home, although I'm assuming that everybody who reads this already knows that...

Last year, when I decided that I was definitely moving to Cyprus, when I found my house, and started the ball rolling, I thought that it would be really nice to come back to the UK in August - there were a couple of festivals I wanted to go to, and I reckoned that it would be a good time to have a break from the heat (which is already way too intense!). So I booked a flight (knowing that if I left it much longer it would be unaffordable). Of course, at that point, I'd thought that the move would happen much quicker than it actually did, and that by August I'd be settled in a job, and that taking a few weeks off wouldn't be a problem.

But things haven't exactly been going smoothly - the lack of any proper work (and therefore proper money) has been quite a major issue - so after a lot of thinking and difficult sums, I reached the conclusion that staying here was going to be pretty difficult, if not impossible. I could survive for a few more months, but it would be hard, and potentially could leave me in a far worse position.

As I already had the flight booked, I figured that the best thing to do would be to cut my losses and come home - not an easy decision, but (hopefully) the most sensible. So I'll be back in Birmingham on the 1st of August - 3 weeks today!

Once I'd made the decision, at first I was quite down about it. There were a lot of "should have"s and "shouldn't have"s buzzing around in my head; I know that a little bit of self-criticism is healthy, but I can be really harsh with myself. I felt like a failure. But, having talked to a few sensible people, and gotten my head around the situation a bit more, I realise that that's ridiculous. I haven't failed. Just because things haven't worked out quite how I planned, so what?

Living here has been an awesome experience. Perhaps it wasn't the most sensible time to have done it, but the opportunity was there and I took it, and I'm really happy that I did. If somebody had told me five years ago that I'd be moving to Cyprus, I'm not sure I'd have believed them. Before this I'd never even lived outside of Birmingham (well, aside from a few weeks in Dudley, but we don't talk about that...). I've done so many things that I'd never imagined I would (or even could) do. I've experienced a different way of life, another culture, new ideas, I've learnt a new language. I've met some very interesting people. The whole experience, I think, has made me a much stronger person.

There's a lot of things I'll miss about being here, but there are also a lot of things I'm really looking forward to. The obvious one is seeing people - I've missed my family and friends (yes, all of you!) a hell of a lot. I've kept in fairly close contact with everybody, and have probably spoken more to some people than I did when I was there... but it's not the same. I've missed hugging people, that physical closeness, that familiarity. I've missed sitting, drinking tea, and chatting for hours about everything and nothing, but also I've missed being able to just sit and not talk at all, as you can with people you've known forever.

I've missed the British weather. Here, every day, when I get up, I know the sun is going to be shining. I know that it's going to be HOT. All day (and all night!). I miss the wind, the rain, the unpredictability of it all. I miss the thousand different shades of green, I miss the changing of the seasons - I'm so glad I'll be there for autumn, the amazing colours. I'll be able to go for long walks again, without fear of melting :-)

Even though sometimes I've hated living in a big city, there are things that I took for granted without even realising. Going to the cinema, at almost any time of day, and having a choice of films. Catching the bus home. Getting back and realising that I've run out of milk, but there's still a shop open where I can buy some!

This is all taking much longer than I thought it would - I have other things I want to talk about, but right now I need to go to bed. I'll write again tomorrow. Promise...

Wednesday 11 June 2008

short and sweet

On Monday night when I went to work, the dishwashing machine wasn't working, so I had to wash everything by hand - bah!

Yesterday I stayed in bed ALL DAY, so last night I couldn't sleep, I read for ages, then it was almost morning, so I got up and watched the sun rise.

Today I've spent all day reading (have read three books in four days).

Tonight I shall go to bed at a sensible hour, and get up at a sensible hour in the morning also.

The hotel have a cheque for me to collect tomorrow.

And Cyta are going to fix my phone line!

Monday 9 June 2008

quick monday update...

I'm working part-time in the Village Inn as washer-upper - terrible money, but certainly better than nothing. I actually quite like it - just a few hours in the evening, no thinking, no stress, no bringing work home, and lovely cold water on my hands!

The property company I was working at who had to "let me go" are now re-advertising the job I was doing, which seems a little odd, so I emailed them last week to ask if the situation there had changed, but no reply as yet. The hotel haven't paid me, so I emailed them too. Again, no reply. And I found out from Trish (who also worked there, but has just been sacked because she doesn't speak Greek!) that the whole time I was working there they were still interviewing for my job...

I've been doing a bit of exploring. On Saturday I went to Polis and to Latchi (Latsi, Lakki ?), which are north of here, I've been to both places before, they're quite nice for sitting and staring at the sea, so that's what I did. Today I drove to the Mavrokolympos Dam, which is almost empty (kinda scary), and to Akoursos, which is very close, but somewhere I'd never been before. There's not a lot there. Nice drive, though.

My landlord brought me eggs (from his chickens) and figs (which i thought I didn't like, but it turns out I do), and has reduced my rent by €2.15. Bless him.

Finally got in touch with Cyta about my landline not working. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon, and I'll be able to make calls to the UK for 3.54 cents per minute, rather than the 10.62 cents per minute it costs from my mobile - hurrah!

Have been reading a lot. Particularly enjoying "Pies and Prejudice: In Search Of The North" by Stuart Maconie. Has made me want to explore "up north" a bit more. Which I guess is the point.

My sunburnt bits are peeling. I feel like a leper. Or a snake shedding its skin. Or something.

That's about it...