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    21 January 2007
    Being in Cyprus
    I never thought I would miss Cyprus that much... but I did. Maybe it's because I haven't been there for a long time. Maybe because I haven't travelled around the island much in the last 5-6 years and I forgot how beautiful it really is. Maybe because I got so fed up with the place I live in Doha and I longed for my house, my room, my bed... I don't know. I realised I love Cyprus and this realisation came as a huge surprise. People who know me will be surprised as well: I was always the one to say Cyprus is boring, it has nothing, I am so glad to be living abroad, blah blah blah and so on... Well how wrong I was. Cyprus is beautiful, it has everything, and most importantly - Cyprus is home. Yes it is not perfect, but what country is? It's not perfection that I love, it's the sky, the sea, mountains, food, music, little seaside cafes, Christmas decorations, fruits off the tree, people, sky, sea, mountains...

    So see for yourself, here it is, Cyprus in winter.

    PS. The couple on a cliff = my parents :^)
    PPS. Click on the pics for a better view.
    PPPS. Lazy to click on them one by one? Click here to open them up at once!

    posted by Bravecat @ 10:35 am  
    • At 21/01/2007, 11:22, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Christ, next thing you know you'll be saying you've realized that you love children. :P

    • At 21/01/2007, 11:24, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      ROFL Midget, you just never know! I wouldn't bet on that though

      :P :P

    • At 21/01/2007, 11:31, Blogger don_veto said…

      Beautiful pics. One question, how come you are not allowed to swim in the Baths of Aphrodite, are only Gods allowed and mere mortals denied?

    • At 21/01/2007, 11:39, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      Don Veto,

      Yup, Gods only, mortals forbidden. I guess the reasons are that Gods don't mind water snakes and that the pond is by far too small to accommodate all mortals who want eternal beauty (that's what the water in the pond, supposedly, gives).


    • At 21/01/2007, 12:26, Blogger GIASI said…

      ROFLMAO..... i love the sign.... blah blah blah.... "oh yea... and dont climb the trees".... it should also say "and keep off the fu**ing grass while youre at it" :P

    • At 21/01/2007, 15:17, Blogger Bandarof said…


      That last line was put there for me by the way...hehehee.

      What does a guy gotta do to live in a place like this?!?!

    • At 21/01/2007, 19:49, Blogger confused arab chick said…

      aww, cat!
      I've been to aphrodites baths.. two or three times actually.

      one of the times- it was on a school trip- and they made us hike up the mountain (ok, big hill) right next to it.. i'm telling you, I ALMOST DIED.

      there is a great seafood restaurant right next to it, isnt there?

      god, i spent most of my childhood summers in paphos, and i have to say i loved it- paphos gardens, that is where my grandparents lived.

      i also went on a school trip where we spent 10 days in some village in the mountains. not a soul under the age of 60. except for a bunch of unruly highschool children and their teachers, that was great.

    • At 21/01/2007, 22:06, Blogger Cairogal said…

      Great pics, QC.

    • At 21/01/2007, 22:17, Blogger Mise said…

      It looks gorgeous, as I knew it would...

    • At 22/01/2007, 13:33, Blogger Sever said…

      You just can't stay in the same place... not important how perfect the place is.

      I like 1st photo, cats & birds.

      Cyprus is beautiful... but you need adventures :P

      You want to come back home?
      Then you are getting old :P


    • At 22/01/2007, 15:15, Blogger Wardat_il'7leej said…

      I have been there twice in my life. 1st time- too young to remember 2nd time on a work conference and didnt get to see much.

      Wish i could go again with Duke and maybe pan it so that your there too :) would be nice to see the place from a local prospective

    • At 23/01/2007, 10:43, Blogger Qatar Cat said…


      I love the sign, for exact same reasons. It's just hilarious. It's even funnier in Greek!


      I guess you gotta be a Cypriot... or stinking rich!


      I climbed up that hill as well... years ago. I didn't die, but was close. As for the village in the mountains -I'd love to stay there myself for 10 days. In fact, I might, sometime soon.


      Thanks! Glad you liked them! Cyprus is gorgeous.


      Come visit! Then you'll know first hand.


      Nah I don't want to come back home. Not yet. But I certainly don't hate home anymore. I love it.


      You are welcome anytime, would love to show you and Duke around! Just make sure you tell me when and we'll see what we can do :^)

    • At 24/01/2007, 11:42, Blogger Sex and Dubai said…

      Home is where the heart is. :)

      Well, Dubai is definitely no Cyprus, but we've got our fair share of beautiful spots here (despite all the phallic towers)

    • At 26/01/2007, 16:54, Blogger U.E. said…

      Move back so I can visit you there someday. :) I've already been to Qatar... time for new places.

      Beautiful beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing a glimpse.

    • At 26/01/2007, 23:32, Blogger Qatar Cat said…


      I know, Dubai is beautiful. And I am kinda looking forward to moving there next month and discovering more of it!


      Next time I go back home - you're coming with me!


    • At 27/01/2007, 05:22, Anonymous Ella said…

      cyprus is beautiful ! its only natural to miss home !! :D nice pics... n btw, wats that dish u posted looks sooo tempting ??

      p.s - cant wait to go to the greek/ cypriot party tomorrow night ... zaaay are zeee BEST ! :D

    • At 28/01/2007, 23:27, Blogger deadcrab said…

      u remind me of a close mate..a displaced cypriot who visited home recently...I think he misses it as much as you do!!

      Btw, that second picture...which one are you?? :P

    • At 29/01/2007, 09:14, Blogger Qatar Cat said…


      How come you're not logged in? That dish is inkfish, by the way, and it's even more yummy than it looks.

      And oh yes, Greek Cypriot parties ROCK! :D


      Haha thanks and welcome to Life in Qatar!
      Just for the record - I am NOT a displaced Cypriot. But that's beside the point.

      On that second pic I am obviously the one taking it! :P :P

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