After an exciting five days in the South of France, the Cote D’Azur, looking at properties – a story for another day – we are back in Cyprus.
Steve’s work brought us here just two months ago for three weeks. During that time we met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends. These included the hotel workers – reception desk and those who welcome you into the hotel, our housekeeper – in fact she recognized me from our previous visit and came running over and gave me a big welcome back hug, and the servers in the restaurant. You may remember the article that I wrote on the two servers – Two Countries – One Dream. Both Elena and Maria welcomed us back with open arms , hugs and kisses when we walked into their restaurants on this second trip to Cyprus. We also got the same warm welcome from the owners of the Cypriot family restaurant when we returned for lunch on this trip.
Out by the pool , while taking a dip to cool off from the hot Cyprus weather , I met a lady who was speaking English to her friend and she heard me speaking English to Steve so she came over to me and said “Hi, are you from America?” I very proudly said yes and we spent the next half an hour getting to know each other. She was from England, married to a Cypriot man and now living in Georgia, USA. We exchanged business cards and plan on staying in touch with each other.
If only for a conversation between tables at a restaurant – and since space is at a premium in most of the world this is a common occurrence for us – you learn about them and their family. Everybody loves to talk about their family, especially me. You learn about their culture, ideas about the world and lots of other interesting information that makes you feel that you have touched someone’s life in a positive way as they have mine. Many times we end up sharing good restaurants and places to see with each other that enhances our travels.
We got into the hotel elevator and stood quietly when the lady standing next to us spoke to her husband in English. That was all it took and we ended up having breakfast with them. Nili and Joel are from New Jersey and were visiting Cyprus for a few days on their way to Malta and other countries. We spoke from the minute we sat down at the table in fact I hardly ate any breakfast as I was so excited to hear about their travel adventures as they were to hear ours. We traded business cards and plan on staying in touch with them too.
We met Paula & Bill in the pool and talked for over an hour before the four of us went for dinner. We chose a Cypriot restaurant that serves typical Greek and Cypriot food that was recommended to us by a co-worker that was here on rotation for work before Steve. We ordered the meat and fish meze and shared it amongst the four of us. Actually there was enough food for four more people. We spoke for hours over dinner and really got to know about each other. It felt as if we had known them for months.
This is one the main reasons that I love traveling so much – the people you meet – the friends you make along the way.
I love people, I love listening to their stories, I love traveling.
On to our next adventure – Enjoy the Journey, Maxine