I spent from 12 December 2017 to 12 March 2018 doing Workaway volunteering on the island nation of Cyprus. As someone still not acclimated to actual cold weather after having lived in Thailand for 9 years, it seemed a good place to pass winter in a mild climate.
Unfortunately, for the purposes of this blog, I did not find myself very inspired to write and post while I was there. Instead, apart from doing the Workaway work, I spent my time reading, watching movies, catching a lot of Pokémon, and basically doing everything except posting here. As a start to remedying my lack of blogging situation, here are some highlights and a selection of 20 photos exemplifying my time in Cyprus.
While my main purpose for being in Cyprus was to pass winter in a mild climate, my means of doing that was through Workaway volunteering. This Workaway was mainly DIY stuff, general building and maintenance, a bit of gardening type stuff, and a big job of helping my hosts move their significant amount of stuff to their new location. It wasn’t particularly exciting or inspiring work, but I was glad to help take some of the load for some good but very busy people. I came to Cyprus to pass the time, but my Workaway hosts made it feel like a home. And the cooking was wonderful. I am quite the carnivore, but my hosts were vegetarian, and I must say that I didn’t even miss meat while there because the food was so varied and wonderful. Although doing the Workaway is what occupied most of my time in Cyprus, it is also the thing I have the fewest (really no) pictures of. 😅
Occasionally, while doing my work, I’d come across something worth grabbing my camera for. Like this little fellow:
When not doing Workaway work, I spent a lot of my time, especially near the start, being lazy:
- reading a lot of books, including a re-read of the entire Honor Harrington series by David Weber, a re-read of the entire Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, and a few other books both new and re-reads.
- Watching a lot of movies, including getting to see both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther in the theater, because for the first time in this set of travels I was conveniently near a movie theater
- Catching up on YouTube videos and doing my video-gaming vicariously through the likes of Outside XBox, Outside Xtra, and Many A True Nerd
When not being entirely lazy, I did my customary wandering about with my camera, looking for interesting wildlife to photograph. As usual, that was mainly birds.
As I took to walking around with my camera, I also got on with playing Pokémon GO, and I am not at all ashamed of this.😜 In fact, it helped me meet a few locals, as I ran into some other players who introduced me to the local Legendary Raids community, with whom I did my first gym raids for legendary Pokémon.
Some of you are probably thinking “People still play that?” (yes, quite a lot of people, actually) and are maybe scoffing at the notion playing such a kids’ game, but hey, at least it gets people out and about. Because of playing this game, I’d often walk 25,000-35,000 steps per day to hatch eggs, catch various Pokémon, participate in raids, and so on. And since I had my camera with me, quite a few of the pictures I have are from these long walks.
While I can’t say that I really explored a lot of Cyprus while I was there, I did take a couple of small trips. The best of these was a day trip up to Polis and the Akamas Peninsula. There’s some really nice, fairly easy hiking up there around the Baths of Aphrodite and onto the peninsula.
I also took a trip to Lefkosia and another up into the mountains to Treis Elies, though the weather on those trips was not very good for photography. And there was one little day trip to Aphrodite’s Rock, where legend has it that the Greek goddess of beauty was born.
However, I mostly spent my time wandering around the Paphos area. If I’m going to be in the Mediterranean Sea, I prefer to be by the sea. And, as Paphos is on the west coast of Cyprus, it was a good place to get pictures of the sunset over the sea.
Of course, Cyprus has a pretty rich history, and the island is full of ruins and archaeological sites of past civilizations and empires. Some of these sites were open and free to explore, like the catacombs in the middle of Paphos. Others, like the Paphos Archaeological Park cost a bit (4.50€ in that case) to enter and so I didn’t visit them much. I did however, go to the Archaeological Park on my last day in Cyprus, and it was a pretty impressive place. I should have gone sooner and more often to really explore and photograph it.
So, that was the gist of my time in Cyprus. Apart from working hard on my Workaway volunteering, it was a lot of just passing the time, being lazy, a lot of catching Pokémon, and not enough of keeping this blog up to date. But it was a good place to pass the winter with some very nice people. Perhaps I shall return and explore it more properly some day.
Postscript: I don’t know how regular, or more likely irregular, posts will be going forward. I have a lot of backlogged content that I want to post, and as I’m about to embark on an even bigger adventure than what I have been doing so far I expect I’ll have a lot of new stuff to post about, too. I expect the order I put things up in will be a little erratic, and the content style may vary as well while I experiment with various things. However it all turns out, I intend to keep trying to make my posts interesting and informative for you, or at least full of photos I like. Cheers.😎