The Perfect Quiet of Off-Season North Cyprus

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 in Cyprus | 5 Comments
The Perfect Quiet of Off-Season North Cyprus

Traveling off-season to North Cyprus is very quiet. I went in December, when the summer sun crowds had long dispersed from the Mediterranean shores. My hostel in Kyrenia was nearly empty, except for a few Turks. As far as I could tell, so was my hotel in Famagusta. The island was by no means empty– […]

Nicosia, The Divided City

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Culture, Cyprus | 3 Comments
Nicosia, The Divided City

Everywhere I turned, I bumped into a wall. Crude concrete creations blocking sidewalks. Barbed wire atop gray monoliths. That ubiquitous sign: Forbidden Zone. Do Not Enter. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but the walls are still alive and well in Nicosia, Cyprus. Nicosia is a divided capital, split in two by a peacekeeper’s Green […]

The Logistics of a Holiday in North Cyprus, The Unrecognized Country

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in Cyprus | 18 Comments
The Logistics of a Holiday in North Cyprus, The Unrecognized Country

Cyprus is a tiny island with a big problem. Since 1974, it’s been split in two. The British controlled the island until 1956 (and still maintain some military bases there), but independence was not smooth. The island’s Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots clashed after a coup d’etait, culminating in the 1974 Cyprus War. The Turks […]