Wader ringing

This week has been lovely. I’ve been able to see my lovely auntie Kathy and saw my cousin Megan and my cheeky nephew Max. It’s always so nice getting to see people when you don’t get to see them a lot!

I also got some really good and exciting news this week. The research I did in Kenya for my masters has been accepted for publication. Soon it will be out for all the world to see. I’m really proud of this. This project made me realise how much I wanted to pursue a career in research and I guess it led me down the path I’m on today. When I get the final web address I’ll be posting it up here so if anyone is interested they can have a read.

The best part of my week was today. Me, Jake and Ingrid, who I usually do bird ringing with, went to North Wales to do some wader ringing with the scan ringing group. It’s really exciting because the method for catching the birds is so different to the normal mist nets we use for the song birds. This method is canon netting and involved a net being catapulted above the birds and catching them underneath. This was done on the shore line today, the target catch was oystercatcher. We waited quietly in the cars until all the birds were in the safe zone for the net to be fired. After the huge bang, we drove down the beach, got out and ran to the net. We then methodically extract all of the birds that have been caught. I had a lovely lady called Rachel helping me with the technique for extracting in this way. It’s very different from what I am used to and so I was very happy to be shown what to do. In total we caught 17 dunlin, 15 redshank and 34 oystercatcher. This was really nice because they are all different sizes and completely different to look at. When the birds are waiting to be processed they are kept in a type of holding pen where it is dark and quiet to keep them relaxed. When you put your hand inside it like a bird version of lucky dip! I’d say it was hard to choose my favourite species from today. The oystercatchers are amazing to look at up close, especially the adults. They have bright red eyes, pink feet and their bills are yellow and orange. They kind of reminded me of a calipo ice lolly! One downside though, they poo a lot and I’m afraid to say, my right leg was covered! Dunlin on the other hand don’t. These are tiny, brownish grey and white birds with dainty, slender bills. They look so beautiful up close and when they all fly together in a flock over the sea it almost reminds me of glitter. They seem to shimmer. Redshank are bigger than dunlin. Gorgeous reddish orange legs that stand tall below them, and a similar coloured beak. They look very elegant and have a gorgeous call when they are in flight. Anyway…. we enjoyed the sunshine on our faces and the nice sea air and headed back once everything was finished.

I’m now a tired little Amie. The sea air does you wonders of good but it makes me feel shattered. In a good way though.

It was such a lovely way to end the week, I’m feeling very positive about the one ahead.

Xx

Didn’t you know?… I yacht now.

Hello! Merhaba!

What a fantastic week I have had. It’s weeks like this that make me very happy that my life is so wonderfully weird.

I started my week boarding a yacht. Yes, that’s right, scruffy ol’ me went yachting!!! I was on the yacht with Captain Unal, Alex, Doug and Sarah. All gorgeous people. We made a really nice team. I joined the team in the evening and we went for some food at a local place. I had a salad with loads of chopped up walnuts which was really tasty. We also got a complementary plate of cooked sheep head so I gave that a try. Let’s just say…I shan’t be having it again. But still, it’s good to try new things! Our first night was spent in Les Ambassedeurs Marina in Girne. I had the double bed in the main part of the boat! The titchiest team member and the one with the biggest bed! Can’t complain eh? It was a slightly swaying nights sleep, but amazing none the less. I did wake up at one point though and completely forget where I was. Bit weird!

The next day we all woke up and had a lovely breakfast on deck before we headed off. I still couldn’t believe I was on a sailing yacht! Actually, I should explain. We were all on the boat to take part in seabird and marine mammal surveys. We had to sail along transects and count and ID anything we saw. It was a beautiful first day. The wind was on our side and so we got to do a fare bit of sailing rather than use the motor. Unal is an amazing Captain, full of character and so skilled! We saw Scopoli’s shearwaters, honey buzzards, marsh harrier…Perfect. That first day was also really nice to get to know everyone. We all had really different stories but got on well. I think my main addition to the team was my energy. I was very excited and I think Unal appreciated the buzz! We sailed west and then south the first day, all the way to Yesilmak. We anchored up in a small bay and me and Alex jumped into the sea! The sun was just starting to set, the sea was warm and we got given a wedge of watermelon each to munch on. Probably one of the best moments I’ve had all year. You can’t imagine moments like that, they just happen and when they do, you have to smile and embrace the magic. Back on board we ate tea, shared more stories and watched the stars. Scorpio, Mars and Venus were out in all their glory that night.

The second night on the boat was slightly more rocky. I was woken up a few times with big rolls from the waves, but it was quite exciting and different. We enjoyed another nice breakfast and then headed back to Girne, taking a different course closer to shore. We saw loggerhead turtles, Yelkouan and Scopoli’s shearwaters, turns, ducks, waders. Fab! Doug is a very experienced birder, he was a warden for the RSPB before he retired and so it was brilliant to get little nuggets of his knowledge. We had an in-depth discussion about hobbies and merlins. Aaah the life of a birder. We got back to the marina in the evening, Doug and Unal came back home with me to have a quick shower and freshen up. I said bye to Alex and Sarah before we left. It was weird not being with everyone, we’d had a lovely adventure. That evening I couldn’t stop swaying. The land is still and constant, the sea is constantly changing and unpredictable. My little head was a bit all over the place, I just needed a good nights sleep.

The rest of the week was spent doing PhD work and having a break at Silver rocks for a swim and to get some Turkish practice! I may have mentioned my yacht adventure once or twice….

Friday night came around and I got to see lots of my favourite people. I drove over to Esentepe to meet my Cyprus parents Michelle and Paul (and their new addition, Maisie the puppy). Always so lovely to see them both, we enjoyed a drink and a chat before heading to Roots. Anyone that keeps on top of reading my blogs will know how special this bar is to me. Some of my best nights have been in this bar, and the people there are out of this world. Ash, Hannah, Veysel, Katie, Aydn…The whole team was there and I got to spend an evening with lots of smiling faces. I did have shots and I did have rum and cokes. And yes, I was drunk. The night ended at Michelle and Paul’s, eating pizza and talking about all sorts.

Woke up in the afternoon! Had a few hours with Michelle and Paul, eating amazing bacon-y breakfast, fussing over Maisie and just enjoying the company. Headed home at about 3. I got home and made more plans. One of my favourite humans was back out in Cyprus for a few days, Sav!! I arranged to meet up with him and Alex that evening, have a BBQ at Robbo and Damla’s and have beer! We did just that. Me and Sav then went to a music festival in the old town of Lefkosia. It was an amazing setting and the stage we settled at was home to a soul band playing motown. I was in my element. Again, shots were had. When the band finished there was a spot of breakdancing. I’ve never seen it before, it was so impressive! I feel like they must scrape their heads a lot though, they’re always spinning on them! Eventually we made our way back to Sav’s place. It was a lot more difficult to find a taxi than we had hoped, but luckily my “superb Turkish skills” came into practice. I got us back. Sav just drank beer!

This morning and into the early afternoon I just enjoyed being with Sav and Alex. I made us Halloumi and salad sandwiches and after a good re-fuel was ready to make the journey back home. I drove home with the windows down and my music loud. I sang and I smiled. What a fantastic week.

I feel very cheeky this week. Is it fair that I have so many gorgeous people in my life? Not just my amazing family, but my friends. Pretty sure I’ve hit the jackpot? Anyway, I’m wrapping up this week listening to “Above the cloud’s of Pompeii” by Bears Den and I’m smiling at being in the present. It’s pretty damn good.

xx

Kıbrıs life

It’s been two weeks since my last post and it’s all been lovely. My Mum has been out so I’ve had some company for my birding!

We finally finished checking all the Roller nest boxes. Gosh they poo lots!! I was pointing out different species along the way. We saw some glossy ibis which was nice and my Mum’s favourite, Bee eaters!

I’ve done a few wetland surveys but it’s really strange doing them at this time of year! So many are completely dry! But they still have spur winged plovers hanging around. The best one I’ve done in this stay is Agluga. 100’s of cattle egret nesting, a few black-crowned night heron and my first ever Squacco heron! It was amazing!

Me and Mum have enjoyed our mountain wanders too. Early mornings are so calm and peaceful.

One night we went to Roots Bar and met up with Paul and Michelle. We played loads of pool and the next day was pretty much a write off for me!! Damn rum and cokes!!!

In between I’ve been doing PhD work. Starting to look at some interesting results now which is always exciting! Preparing for the conference next month.

Sav came back so I got to see him a few times which was lovely. He came over to watch the football with us all. My first England match of the World Cup! It’s coming home! Our tradition of hungover banana pancakes was maintained.

So this past fortnight has been pretty lovely. I do have to say though, I had one occasion where I got pretty upset about the state of the sea one day and the amount of plastic that was in it. The surface was covered. Me and my Mum went in a collected as much as we could for an hour. We filled a bag and five cups. I won’t rant. All I want to say is that we can all reduce, reuse and recycle.

Earth is beautiful and we are ruining it.

Anyway…

Home tomorrow and I get to hug all my gorgeous family! And escape this intense Cypriot heat….

Xx

Roller-ing with the punches

Another glorious week in Cyprus (a.k.a my favourite place in the world).

I’ve filled my time with birds, PhD work and friends. Can’t complain eh?! Monday was the day for my first wetland surveys since being back. I went to two near the West coast of the Island. It was lovely just going by myself. I listened to my music and just embraced the sunshine. It was really windy that day so at one point I just lifted my arms into the air and let the wind hold me up. I laughed, I think it’s good to laugh by yourself. Bird species weren’t out of the ordinary, a lot of coots, some mallards, little grebes and moorhens. There was a gorgeous kestrel scanning the hillside at one site. I watched her for a while. That night I went and stayed with my friend Penny. We had a lovely meze and a few rum and cokes!

Wednesday was probably my favourite day since being back here. I met up with Damla in the morning and we went and checked a lot of Roller nest boxes for chicks to ring. Rollers are probably the most magnificent looking bird on the island, well, either them or bee eaters! (Google both of them because they are beautiful and might just make your day!!). Quite a lot of the nest boxes had chicks. Some of them were pretty huge and had all there turquoise feathers in full show. I won’t lie, Rollers may look beautiful, but of all the birds I have handled (50 species or so!) they are the species that like to poo the most!!! Beautiful yet smelly. They keep their nests very simple. They just line the bottom with a bit of sediment and that is all. No little basket of straw or anything like that. Essentially they just make themselves a little carpet. One nest box just had a skeleton of a chick. It’s things like that that remind you how brutal the animal world is. It is literally a matter of life or death. After an exhausting day I went to Roots Bar to see my fantastic Roots family and Michelle and Paul. It was a fun night filled with laughs. I stayed at Michelle and Paul’s house that night, I think it is safe to say they are my Esentepe parents! The next morning we sat and watched the sea and talked about all sorts. One of my favourite mornings.

Friday morning was more Roller nest box checks. I went with a fellow Kuskor guy, Paul. We checked 8 new boxes but none of them had chicks. Maybe next year…. Had another night at Roots to see Michelle and Paul again. And I got a recipe for raspberry tequila! Need to try that!

Sunday was another Roller day. Me and Paul went and checked 13 nest boxes. 3 of them had Roller chicks! One of them was only a titchy one and it was accompanied by another unhatched egg. It was a pretty long morning but it was nice to get to see the lovely chicks. We also saw a small group of Hoopoe’s which was a nice surprise. (Another bird you should definitely google!). I went for a quick swim at Alagadi to cool off and then went for tea at Roots and watched a bit of an acoustic act that were playing. Didn’t stay too long though. Wanted to get home and relax!

In between all of this birding stuff, it has been election week for Turkey this week. Every day I have heard car horns beeping and music blaring. One day I was caught in a traffic jam of people rallying for their favourite candidate. People literally sit in their cars with their hazard lights on, waving flags and beeping a lot. It was making me smile. They’re very passionate about it. I finally got out of the traffic jam and saw a man riding his horse on a grass covered round-about. I laughed a little bit. I love this Island. It is so random and so unique and it just makes me happy. If I am having a rubbish day there is always something that makes me smile. Yesterday my smiles came from the waves. I waded into the sea and just jumped the waves for a while. Every now and then a big one would could and nearly knock me flying! I laughed to myself again. I think I need to start doing that every day. Find something to laugh about. Even if it’s just myself!

I’m already looking forward to what this week brings me!

X

Goodbye, Sleepy House

A week has already gone by and so much has happened and changed. Me and Sav took Rupert and Bob to the border so they could return home, it was just down to two in Sleepy House for the rest of my time in Cyprus.

We both had a lovely week though. We put up lots of Roller nest boxes, did a bird tour, got drunk, did office work and got drunk some more. What more could you want from a week?

I’ll set the scene a little bit more.

After dropping the others at the border we headed to Haspolat to put up some nest boxes. It was so humid that day and I felt all funny inside because we’d had to say goodbye to people. There was a huge highlight though, I got to see my first ever red-footed falcons! A beautiful adult female and a first summer male. The tree they were in was grand. It was full of birds, several kestrels were happy to perch amongst the leaves. We stayed there for a while and just watched. Even Sav was excited! I think he’s got the birding bug!

The next day was full on. We had to take 2 people out on a bird tour. They were a lovely couple, Bryan and Brenda. They were in their 80’s and by the sounds of it, they have never stopped moving! They have been all over the world and seen some incredible things. It was lovely talking with them. And we stopped for a strawberry milkshake which is always a bonus. That night we went to Roots bar. Had lots of tequila. And I know doubt did something embarrassing…

The next day I did office work. Hungover.

Another day of odd jobs after that. We went to Lapta to drop some stuff off at my Mums. Then we nipped to Roots again for a sunshine shandy. Home for some amazing noodles and then back out to Roots for my farewell drinks. Again, we had lots of tequila and I probably embarrassed myself. We saw Michelle and Paul there which was lovely, I’m pretty sure I invited myself to Ireland to visit them!

Another hungover day after that, but more productive. We did the first beach walk on Alagadi for nesting turtles. They’re really early this year! I paddled in the sea and enjoyed the fresh air. It was a good day for food too. Banana pancakes for breakfast because I know how amazing Sav can make them! I decided to buy us a roast chicken for lunch and we ate like vikings! Nothing but roast chicken! Tea was homemade pizza!

Saturday came and it was time for me to leave. I cried. A lot. Sleepy House adventures have just been so amazing. I have met so many amazing people and been able to do so many amazing things. I’ve made best friends.

I won’t be away for long. Cyprus is already calling my name.

I’m currently sat in Istanbul having visited my friend Simla. I’ll be posting about that next week. Too much to talk about!

Xx

Rollers, reptiles and Raki

This week has been another belter! Cyprus suits me. I can’t help smile when I drive along the roads with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other. I’ve seen 2 new bird species this week which is always exciting! A pair of Yellow wagtails (the Turkish subspecies) and a blue cheeked bee eater! You should google them, they’re beautiful!

This week started with a last visit to see my Mum and Sister before they headed back to the UK. We went to the local kebab shop and got an amazing adana and chicken doner wrap! Adding chillies was heaven! It was a lovely evening and always so nice to see them!

Most of the week has comprised of roller nest box making! My circular sawing skills are pretty good and I even know how to use a drill now! Me, Rupert and Bob spent a day driving around the Masouri plain to find suitable spots to place them. It was a lovely day actually. At one point I had a small conversation in Turkish with a local man who then gave me an artichoke! Have you ever seen artichoke flowers? They’re amazing!! I drove us home whilst the other two slept, I just sang and smiled.

So, as well as being Roller crazy, we’ve also had reptiles galore. Both alive and dead. We’ve been looking after tortoises. They are the most bizarre creatures, but fascinating to watch! Emma is the Mum who loves eating fresh apple slices and hiding under suitcases. As well as these gorgeous reptiles, we’ve had a couple of dead turtles too. Both juveniles, one only 13cm long!

Moving on from dead turtles, I have a happy animal story. Freddy fledged this week! My gorgeous house sparrow chick is now in the big wide world. He was such a character and I miss him but I’m quite proud that I raised him and he went on his own accord. It’s not every day you get to raise a bird!

Last night was lovely. We were all invited to for a meal with Mehmet and İbrahim. 2 fishermen we have been working with. We had amazing mezze with fish cooked in the proper fisherman way! Of course, this was all washed down with Raki and brandy and beer. Raki is so strong! Safe to say I was drunk and happy.

Now, I’ll end on an exceptional high…. mid way through writing this (I’m sat on the beach hungover) I got a shout from Rupert saying he had spotted a turtle when he was snorkelling. Me and Bob rushed in and had a turn with his mask and snorkel. I just swam with a gorgeous Green turtle! It was peacefully grazing on a bed of sea grass, in an underwater world of its own. It was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever had. I just swam with a turtle.

On that note, I’m going to lie here and smile and be happy with this day.

Family and a fledgling

This week has been lovely.

I got my Mums apartment ready for her arrival this week. I swept up whilst Sav cooked dinner! Not a bad deal really! I got to visit them on Thursday for a couple of days which was nice. I don’t spend much time in the UK nowadays so any time I can grab with my family is special! Sav joined us for a day and a half. Lots of tequila was consumed. Surprise surprise.

Freddy is all grown up now. The gorgeous sparrow of mine is full of feathers and still just as hungry. He goes outside with us now and has started preening and flying loads. It’s amazing to see how he has developed. His beak is getting quite tough now though, so his affectionate pecks on the cheek have turned into pinches!!

Bird surveys have been done. I went to wetlands with Bob and saw my first ever night heron! Three of them to be exact. It was a lovely first for me. I also saw my first bee eater of the year too. I went and did a breeding bird transect with Sav which ended up in an ancient village of ruins. The view was breathtaking. A gorgeous valley of golden crops edged with the west coast sea. We saw a pair of rollers calling their crackling call and watched them as they span around in the air. It was lovely.

I have also learnt a new skill this week. I used a circular saw for the first time. We are making roller nest boxes and I’m head of sawing!!! I think if my research career doesn’t go as planned, i still might have a chance as a builders labourer?

Have an amazing week everyone.

Xx

A hungover necropsy

This week has disappeared into thin air! Can’t believe how time is flying, but I guess it means I must be having an amazing time.

Cyprus is getting warmer each day. Right now it’s perfect weather, not too hot!

This week for me has been mainly PhD work and looking after Freddy. He amazes me. Every time I look at him, more feathers have come through, his beak has changed colour, his legs and wings are stronger. I really feel like a proud Mumma bird!

On Thursday, Sav and I were asked to go and do a television interview at Bayrak International. Neither of us had done anything like it, it was really exciting! We arrived and got taken to a proper tv studio with huge cameras moving around like robots! The recording was done for about half an hour and we just chatted about the projects going on in Alagadi at the minute. Kuskor and it’s birds, SPOT and it’s fisheries. I really enjoyed it. I like talking about conservation and trying to spread the word. Every little helps, you never know what little bits of information might change someone’s perspective!

Friday night came and all of sleepy house went out to Roots Bar for the owners birthday bash! Many tequilas were had! Saw Michelle and Paul again which was lovely, and met a couple of titchy brothers who showed us the ropes at playing pool! I’m pretty sure at one point I got roped in to playing tag with them too… Turns out I’m really not that good!

Yesterday, I was hungover. But my hungry little chick doesn’t stop begging and so I had to carry on as normal! There was a dead turtle that had to be necropsied today too. Unfortunately I got landed with the task. Normally it’s grim, but when hungover, it’s just awful. She was a huge loggerhead who had been dragged up in a fishing nets from quite a depth, giving her “the bends”. One of her lungs had collapsed and after fighting hard for a few hours, she eventually died. This beauty had been through it. When conducting the necropsy I discovered she was a healthy turtle. Huge layers of fat and massive muscles. She was a strong one. When removing her gut (for later analysis of plastic presence) a small tear appeared which allowed a small amount of stomach contents to escape. It was plastic. In such a small amount of stomach matter, there was parts of a black bag, part of a toy car, a wire coated in red plastic and several unidentifiable pieces. Her intestines were coiled tightly and very hard, probably because something was caught along her digestive tract and bunching up within. This gorgeous creature had plastic in her. Lots of plastic. And do you know what the worst thing is….. I wasn’t even shocked. I was half expecting it. What kind of a world is it where I’m not even shocked to find plastic in a turtle. I won’t rant much more, but please, please, if you do anything today, just think about one way to reduce your plastic usage.

Have an amazing week everyone!

Xx

Cement, chicks and castles.

Since my last post I feel like I haven’t had chance to catch my breathe! It’s been a full on week or so, but I have enjoyed every minute! I mean, you only live once, why live in the slow lane??

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After my post last week I arranged an Easter Egg hunt for all of the volunteers which was exciting. Although, I think I was probably more excited than them! It was very hot and so they had to do it super quickly so the treats didn’t melt! That afternoon was spent making anchors for some marine based work coming up. We had to make wheelbarrow loads of concrete to fill tires. It was my first time making concrete, but I was pretty chuffed! No electric mixer, just brute strength and a good mixing technique (I tried to copy my Nana’s chocolate cake batter-mixing technique). I’ll have to show my Grandpa the photos when I get home, as a retired builder and plumber I imagine he will be chuffed!!!

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We had a new arrival in the glorious form of Robyn (but we call her Bob, so as not so confuse her with Robbo). We picked her up from the border after a quick scan of the west coast for stranded turtles. Sleepy house was the most full it has been this season, with a total of 6 volunteers!

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A new experience for me was leading my first bird ringing session as ringer in charge. Unfortunately it was a slow morning, but we caught some house sparrows, cetti’s warbler and a beautiful male blackcap. That evening we had an amazing BBQ. Lamb burgers, beef meatballs, salad and plenty of helumi! It was all washed down with an ice cold Efes!

It was Fran’s last day this week and so us Kuskor lot decided to go to Kantara Castle to do some birding and sightseeing. The views up there were absolutely breath-taking. Probably some of the best I have seen. We could see right out to the Karpaz and all along the mountain ridge stretching across the north. We saw a raven, swifts, blue rock thrush and plenty of great tits.

This weekend was spent on the Karpaz peninsula. On the way there we had to make a pit stop so I could ring a rescued kestrel and release it. It was a gorgeous male, quite calm and in good health. He had been well looked after. We took him to a nearby field to release him and enjoyed watching him speed off into the horizon. Most sights are nice when there is sunshine and blue skies, never mind when there is a gorgeous kestrel too! Anyway…The whole team went up to Karpaz for fisheries work and breeding bird surveys. We got so much done, it was amazing! We saw our first Roller of the year which was probably my highlight so far! We also saw several types of wheatear which was brilliant, I always think they look quite elegant. Me, Tom and Bob went for a meal so Tom could try a meze before he left. We were there for a few hours and chatted lots. I love evenings like that, where the conversation flows and you don’t know how it got so late so quickly! It was nice to have a weekend of adventure, the Karpaz is a gorgeous part of Cyprus. It is speckled with amazing beaches made up of caramel coloured dunes, wild donkeys roaming for food and unique villages full of fishermen.

The weekend was long and exciting, but Monday came and we had to say goodbye to Tom. I can’t quite believe how quick the time has gone, we’ve had such a nice time with him in the team. I said goodbye to him at Sleepy, but me and Bob had a busy day ahead. We had to give our first ever bird guide to a lovely man called Gerard. We took him to see various spots around Lefkosa and Famagusta. He saw 13 new species which was brilliant. I think my highlights for the trip were a spotted redshank in summer plumage and a great spotted cuckoo.

Briefly we were down to 4 in sleepy house, just me, Sav, Rupert and Bob. But… this morning I found a house sparrow chick hanging out of his nest, very cold and in a bad way. I am now a mother to a gorgeous chick, who never stops tweeting and loves a tasty ant or earwig. And now, sleepy house has 5 members again. He is called Freddy Benjamin Attenborough and is a little love. Anyway… on that note, I’ll have to leave this entry so I can go on the hunt for more grubs for my little one. Maybe then I’ll get some peace and quiet eh?!

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Kicking it in Kibris

I started off this week by flying back to Cyprus. A quick stint at home was all I needed to get my fill of hugs and northern brews. But now I am back and raring to go again!

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Mostly it has been full on PhD work in the office, but I have managed to squeeze in some fun stuff too! The other day, Sav and I went for a meeting in Nicosia with Robbo and Damla. A good catch up of what the project has achieved so far and where it is headed! We left the meeting and drove the scenic way home, blasting good music and enjoying the sun setting over the Cyprus mountains. We were passing through Esentepe and decided to make a stop at Roots bar. A quirky little reggae place right on the coast. The plan was to have a single drink and head home, but it didn’t quite turn out like that. Several rum and cokes, a tequila, jagermiester and mini guiness later I was behind the bar with Ash, the owner, and the bar man. Michelle and Paul are a regular couple in Roots and we made good friends with them. An intense game of pool sealed the friendship deal, and I’m happy to report that me and Michelle won the game against Sav. We danced, we laughed and we exchanged stories. An amazing night.

Another gorgeous day happened yesterday. Sav and I had a few errands to do in Girne and decided to make a day of it. We visited Girne harbour castle, wandered around back streets, at an amazing lunch and ended it with an ice cream. I got a sunburnt back, unfortunately I’m not 100% Cypriot yet and still a fare skinned Manchunian! Damn!

The weather is glorious and I can’t help having a smile on my face. There is something special about living in a place sandwiched between mountains and sea. I love it.

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Enjoy life and keep smiling, I am.

xx