Working in Cyprus was a fantastic experience. I made so many friends in the area with so many different people. The thing that strikes me is how friendly the majority of the Cypriots are.
The wages are low for bar and restaurant work but the cost of living is low. you can survive on the wages and still manage to enjoy yourself. It is an experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants a break from their everyday life.
If you are an EU citizen it is now easier to get a job. When I decided to do it, I had to worry about work permits.
Sample the fish meze - but go into Paralimni rather than the sea front restaurants in Ayia Napa. Here you will find only fresh produce. For starters you will see some of the typical dishes such as taramasalata and then you will be able to taste kalamari, octopus and red snapper ... and maybe some of the smallest fishes you have ever seen.
The picture shows me with a Cypriot friend sampling some of Cyprus' finest fish.
Visit Marcos El Greco's restaurant on the main road out of Paralimni towards Pernera / Protaras.
Try Irene's moussaka and Marcos' fine red wine.
Enjoy the entertainment provided by Marcos. It's not just a meal, it's a night's entertainment!
Fondest memory: The hospitality of the owners of the restaurant is second to none. When I was living over there Marcos used to give me food to take home with me! Now when I am over there on holiday he always has a bottle of his finest red wine for me to bring home for a special occassion. (I currenlty have a bottle ready for my Christmas celebrations ... and everyone wants to come and sample it!)
I lived on the edge of the town of Paralimni. It is where you will find the locals living rather than the tourists and you get a chance to see how the Cypriots live.
The people are extremely friendly and do there best to make sure you have a great time on their island.
I adopted two particulary cute kittens when I was living there (the owner of the houses is still looking after them too). The photo shows Festa in his favourite spot - the BBQ when it wasn't in use!
He was particularly good at killing the occassional cockroach!
Visit Cape Greco to watch the sunrise.
Fondest memory: Having been clubbing in Ayia Napa, a friend and I came along the coast road. The sun was just beginning to surface and we decided to go to the hightest point on Cape Greco to watch the sun rise. It is one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen.
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