It is advisable to have plastic shoes on when you swim to avoid the danger of being bitten by a dragon-fish (drakena) in Greek.
I had heard of many cases in the past and I have known about these bites from youth. Recently a friend’s daughter was bitten by one and she spent a week in hospital under drip and antibiotics. The pain is unbearable.
It has turned out to be quite common in Cyprus and there should have been signs at the beaches however the Cyprus Tourism Organization does not seem to be bothered about this. It is not deadly but the pain you get from it (if you step on its fin, when the fish hides in sand in shallow water) is just incredible. My friend who urged me to write about it had seen her child screaming so much, with her foot still swollen 2 weeks after the incident which happened at Kourion beach.
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Don't drive fast in Cyprus and be sure you drive on your own lane.
Cypriots drive like British.
Cypriots drive on the left, and there are those who are used to drive on the opposite site. These people cause frequent accidents.
Ambulance cars run like crazy because many road accidents happen especially during the summer months.
There is a large cafe/restaurant opposite the Crusader Fort as you head towards the Old Port at the bottom end of the main Limassol strip. It is called Los Caballeros. I gave the waiter a £20 note for a large salad and should have got £14 back. He gave me £7. Naturally I complained but he showed me he had only a £10 note in his pocket. That was irrelevant as the change was still wrong. Needless to say I got nowhere and threatened to go the police but ended up sending useless emails to the police and tourism authorities. Do not go this cafe which is on the corner as the waiters are dishonest. Pity as the swifts and swallows make a pleasing spectacle at sunset.
Young Adult Male Immortality Syndrome...
Or Testosterone Overdrive.
This picture was not taken after a late Friday or Saturday night. This accident happened at about 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. There was not a curve or intersection within 200 meters, and it was a bright and clear sunny day. This is simply the result of little boys playing race car driver in heavy traffic, and it is not an isolated incident.
Ah Spring, when young men's thoughts turn to love and drag racing. Cyprus has a macho and manly culture. Not too mention there is little else to do in Limassol. All the teens and young men like to jump in their suped-up sports cars and onto their super-bikes and head-out onto the main drag to impress one another.
They drive like banshees even though there is heavy traffic and they have no where in particular to drive to. Just up and down the same road all afternoon and evening long. Never mind the noise. It is loud enough. You will be sitting on the beach or by the pool in your hotel and you will hear them screaming up and down the sea front road. It is lovely at four in the morning believe me.
However, mind that they are dangerous. I have seen young men lose control of their cars and bikes as they really step on it and lay the rubber or pop a wheelie. Just like little boys, but in sports car and on big bikes. They may not live long enough to grow-up, but you will well advised to look twice before crossing the street.
If you are driving keep an eye on motor bikes coming up the middle between traffic; mopeds using the bicycle or curb lane; and frantic drivers changing lanes without warning or signalling.
McDonalds, love em or hate em, they are a fact of life. If you have kids, it is almost inevitable that you take them to Mickey Ds. I do not have a problem with McDs, only their packaging which inevitably ends up as litter on the beach and in the water.
At the end of a busy day, the beach is always full of litter, and it also finds its way into the water, too. Light, waxed paper cups with straws and plastic lids blow away into the water, and then after water seeps in, they sink to the bottom of the sea. French fry cartons are also wind prone to blow away. Then when you are swimming you see their garbage on the seabed.
It is the responsibility of the patrons to make sure that their garbage does not get away, but due to the wind, garbage is always blowing-off the tables, and people take their take-away food back with them to the beach.
McDonalds has to make more of an effort to encourage its patrons to clean their table; bring their trash to the garbage bins; clean the eating areas quicker themselves; and as a last resort allocate more staff to clean the beach during the day. And, not just in front of their restaurant, but all along the beach where their products packaging has ended up.
If you cannot ban fast food restaurants along the beach, then at least they should have to clean-up after their customers.
If you do visit the Troodos Mountains be careful you don't bring back an extra passenger!! We took a picnic with us, which when we stopped to eat it we placed the bags on the ground near our landrover. Unknown to us until later that evening, we had inadvertently let a tarantula into the bags!! I found out when the tarantula ran over my foot whilst I was walking bare foot to the bathroom in our friends house. The friends took the tarantula to the local army camp, who were able to say where the tarantula came from and that it was perfectly armless!! Just frightened me and I probably deafened it with my scream!!
Sun Alert!! Don't fall asleep in the sun after all that sightseeing on the cruise. Make sure you use the sun block if you do - or end up like a betroot!