Wounds from history are still very much present in the minds of people in Nicosia. The border control is a physical symbol of the division left from the twentieth century; a painful memory for the older generations of Cyprus. Walking around the streets near the divided sides, it is clear that there is a push […]Read more "A City Divided"
The topography of Cyprus varies dramatically from high mountainous regions to low reservoirs and the sea shore. There are many different types of stone and rock and it is easy to spot the difference between the rounded river pebbles and the more arid geologically formed rocks. the geology of Cyprus is primarily known for limestone; […]Read more "Geology Rocks!"
There is no doubt that Cyprus is a beautiful place; even the degrading buildings have charm. Traveling through the small winding villages, it is possible to see many deserted and derelict buildings. The dry Adobe brick peeping through the cracked white wash and the faded peeling doors have certainly seen better days. However, it is […]Read more "Beautiful Decline"
The smell of incense is thick in the air and three male voices sing in harmony through the open doors of the small church and out, rippling over the gold tinted vines in the glow of the setting sun. This is how the small village of Kato Drys celebrates the life of Saint John the […]Read more "Let’s Celebrate"
Sun, soil and straw…that’s all you need to make Adobe bricks (not forgetting the water, of course). This type of design has been in use for thousands of years, in regions all over the world. These bricks have many great advantages – they are carbon neutral, sustainable, relatively simple to make and our their […]Read more "A Bunch of Bricks"
As an Archaeologist, Prehistory has always fascinated me; the site of Khirokitia is a Neolithic settlement in Cyprus and stretches across the hilly landscape. It is dated to around eight to nine thousand years ago and is a great representation of how ancient villages were structured. The landscape looks arid today, however, a river used to […]Read more "Negotiating a Neolithic Network"
Heading in to a cafe and expecting to be served a Starbucks equivalent coffee in Cyprus will leave you feeling foolish. Foolish that you haven’t tried ‘Greek coffee’ before. If you’re someone that likes espresso this is a step up (and much better)! This drink has no ordinary taste, but is infused with flavours […]Read more "Coffee, Please!"