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    Some etiquette for Hostels & Campsites

    by greekcypriot Written Jul 4, 2014

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    English may be the universal language, but the likelihood of anyone of any nationality actually following the rules posted in a hostel or out at campsites is slim.

    The scene of apathy is frequent….washing clothes in the sink under the sign that said ‘don’t wash your clothes in the sink’.

    There are signs posted asking people to not put toilet paper in the toilet bowl (the pipes can’t cope), turn out lights and exhaust fans in the showers and toilets, pick up their hair from the drain, not wear muddy footwear indoors and a range of other reasonable requests.

    So I’ll step on my soapbox and offer a few tips. They’re all really common sense, but I reckon that too many people leave their common sense aside.

    • If the sign says quiet after 11:45pm, don’t keep going at full volume until 12:30 when the hostel owner comes out to tell you off.

    • If you must trim your hair or beard over the toilet bowl, at least do it when the seat is up. And toss the hair from your comb or brush in the bin.

    • The toilet brush in the stand beside the toilet is not purely decorative.

    • If you use dishes, cutlery and pots and pans, wash them. Don’t walk away and expect your mum to turn up to do the job.

    • Don’t help yourself to food that belongs to other people.

    • If the hostel supplies toilet paper (many don’t), it is not your right to steal it on departure.

    Not rocket science, just courtesy Hair and footprints left for others to clean up
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    Fresh Seafood & Bottled Wine are Expensive

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 2, 2013

    Expect to pay a lot in Seafood Restaurants especially if the seafood is fresh. Sometimes you cannot tell and it might be frozen but well covered with sauce and herbs to make it taste delicious.

    Have in mind that you will pay a lot for Bottled wine too! It can exceed the 35.00 euros.
    Cyprus is very popular for its fine quality of wines.

    Of course if you don’t want to pay much, try the house wine, and ask for a carafe instead. Carafe is between €6-€10 the maximum a kilo, depending of course on the popularity of the restaurant.
    In Hotels bottled wine is much more expensive than in outside restaurants. You should have this in mind too.

    CYPRIOT DISHES:
    Ask for (meze or pikilia) in reality it has the same meaning. In this way you are going to have a variety of the most popular Cypriot dishes. You will have them in small portions. In some restaurants you can get between 12 to 18 different dishes.
    You can try variety of meze, see what you like and return for a whole portion of what you liked the previous time.
    If you see it burnt/bad quality take it back and ask to be replaced.

    DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT A RECEIPT
    Check the receipt if what you pay is what you had.

    You are not obliged to pay if the restaurant refuses to hand you a valid receipt.

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    Drive on the Left!!!

    by dianakurava Written May 20, 2013

    Some tips .
    If you think that the only problem in Cyprus is driving on the left, you are badly informed about this topic. In general, people do not respect other drivers. They do not obey the rules and do not follow them. There is danger on the road where you less expect it. Not only Cypriots are bad drivers, those who are not used to driving on the left are also to blame. I thought at first they do not understand what a traffic light is for, but the problem is bigger than that. Be careful!
    When renting a car, check if the speed indicator is in kms or miles. Some traffic signs are still in miles on highway.
    In some gas stations you are to serve yourself on Sundays. Be aware that new bank note in 5 euro are not acceptable by automatic payment machines.

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    Drive carefully & calculate some extra time

    by globetrott Updated Aug 1, 2012

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    When in Cyprus, drive carefully and always calculate some extra-time ! I saw rocks of all sizes that had fallen on the road , so you have to drive carefully, because broken tyres are mostly not taken over by the insurance of the rental-car-companies.
    I also had to drive through a part of the road, where the construction-works were going on and I had to drive through and around the worst potholes I have ever seen. The main problem in Cyprus is that you cannot just stop and turn around at any of these tiny roads, there is never enough space to do so and you have hooping cars behind of you...
    Driving on roads without asphalt is also frobidden by most of the rentalcar-companies, BUT what can you do, when a narrow road is under total reconstruction all of a sudden, and the asphalt is missing for 3km, like it happened to me in the Troodos-mountains and there was no other way to drive back home !

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    Fishing in Dams -Catch & Release' basis

    by greekcypriot Updated Jul 10, 2012

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    Fishermen who come for fishing at the fishing reservoirs of Achna and Polemidia should know that angling is forbidden.
    Any fish you catch here should be de-hooked carefully and returned to the water alive. (It is all about ‘Catch and Release’ basis)

    The Achna reservoir i2 25 kms northeast of Larnaca and the fish found here are carp, mosquito fish, roach.

    The Dam of Xyliatos is the only home of a harmless water snake. This is indeed totally harmless. It is called the natrix natrix cypriaca and it should be protected so you should have this in mind.

    Fishing reservoirs in Cyprus
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    Precaution - Weever's poisonous spines!

    by greekcypriot Written May 17, 2012

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    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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    The fish hides under the sand....
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    The Weever's fish poisonous spines!

    by greekcypriot Written May 17, 2012

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    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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    Missing birds

    by Patje Written Dec 29, 2011

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    TENS OF THOUSANDS of migrant birds are being illegally slaughtered in Cyprus annually to feed an appetite for illegal “ambelopoulia” delicacies. Trappers using limesticks and mist nets are making huge profits while threatening Europe’s natural heritage. You can help generate the political will to end this indiscriminate killing by signing BirdLife Cyprus’s petition to relevant Ministers.

    Bird trapping in Cyprus has been taking place for many years. It began as a way of supplementing what was once a meager peasant diet. This is no longer the case. Trapping in Cyprus has become a large-scale, high-tech, lucrative business run by criminals. Trapped birds are usually supplied to restaurants that are illegally serving them - a dozen of trapped birds could be sold up to 80 euros. The competent authorities estimate this illegal business to be of the order of 15 million euros per year.

    Bird trapping is illegal under Cyprus and European legislation. Trappers in Cyprus use mist nets and limesticks which are non selective methods of capture. 122 bird species have been recorded trapped on nets and limesticks, of which 58 bird species are listed as threatened by BirdLife International and/or the EU Birds Directive.

    Moreover it is taking place on a large scale. BirdLife Cyprus (http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/) has been running a systematic monitoring programme on trapping in Cyprus since 2002 and estimates that hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year. The last 4 years there has been a dramatic increase in trapping in Cyprus and urgent measures are needed to stop this slaughter.

    The large scale and non selective nature of illegal trapping in Cyprus constitutes an ecological disaster. A recent film made by BirdLife Cyprus gives an overview of the trapping issue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kk4B4YJWiQ) and one other film from another organization shows how far the trappers are willing to go to protect their illegal business (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KvpoLNEeDg).

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    Take Precautions in case of Heatwave

    by greekcypriot Written Jun 6, 2010

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    The island, lying in the east of the Mediterranean, is a hugely popular destination and attracts thousands of UK holidaymakers each summer.
    Cyprus is in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures in places reaching a searing 43 degrees Celsius. Visitors are advised to take precautions against the extreme heat by drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration, the main cause of heat exhaustion.
    Don't stay in the sun for longer than one hour, especially not between midday and 4 pm.

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  • 2009 scratchcard timeshare touts

    by BobbyBobbins Written Jul 3, 2009

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    The timeshare touts are still in Cyprus in 2009. Unfortunately you are not safe from them anywhere as they will chase tourists on mopeds and in cars, but Paphos harbour seems to be one of the worst places for them. They hide in the car park where they can identify the tourists in their red plated rental cars. They also pick out the palest people as they hope they have just arrived in Cyprus and haven`t had time to be warned by anyone about them yet.

    The touts offer you a scratchcard, and you `win` a bottle of wine at the least. They then take you to a hotel in the middle of nowhere and there is a 4 hour seminar. It`s then that the hard sell starts.

    Don`t let them ruin your holiday. Say no thanks and walk on, or ignore them totally.

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  • Touting in Cyprus

    by LIMASSOL Written Jun 1, 2007

    Try this littel tip, when you are approached by someone with a bundle of cards in their hands, if you cannot escape them, here's the tip: tell them you have just bought a house or a flat in Paphos, Limassol etc, and they will walk away. Beware make sure you know your location of your ' flat or house', or you are staying with your parents.

    John

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    Driving In Cyprus

    by steventilly Updated May 30, 2007

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    How to drive like a Cypriot:

    + Always be on your mobile.

    + If a traffic light is on red, ignore it.

    + If you do have to stop at red, stop with your car all the way over the white line.

    + While at the red light, creep constantly forward.

    + If you're at red behind someone who did stop at the white line (a tourist) blare your horn at them if they don't start moving before the light goes green.

    + At blind junctions with mandatory STOP signs, drive straight out without stopping.

    + Or looking.

    + Ignore all speed limits, they're only for tourists.

    + In areas with mandatory NO OVERTAKING signs, ignore them and overtake. Force the oncoming traffic up onto the pavement or into a ditch.

    + Don't drive along steadily in slow traffic (assuming overtaking is absolutely impossible). Wait for a 10m gap to open up then floor the accelerator like an F1 car off the grid, before stamping on the brakes again to avoid hitting the traffic in front.

    + Buy a left-hand drive car so that you can't see what's coming towards you when you pull out to overtake a bus.

    + Watch the oncoming traffic veer into a ditch when you do pull out.

    And this is just from one week's driving over there!

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    Touts

    by steventilly Written May 18, 2007

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    As with many places these days (Rhodes, Malta, Tenerife) Cyprus has its share of touts. In Paphos these congregate in one area - on the seafront where the harbour side promenade begins. There can be as many as 5 or 6 all standing within a couple of meters of each other and despite seeing you turn down the previous tout the next one will still approach you - 4 approached me within about 20 seconds one day. I guess their aim is to wear you down. I've no idea what it is they were touting, I never lingered long enough to find out. Usually whatever it is is usually property-based and given the amount of development going on on Cyprus I'd guess that's the case here too.
    Just say "no thanks" and walk on, though I find that very difficult by the end of most holidays by which time I start to become argumentative. They always act indignant and surprised "come on, I was only asking". Yeah, but when I've been asked 10 time a day or more for a full two weeks it really does start to get up my nose.

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    Kalymnos Camping, thefts

    by beksinski Written Feb 2, 2007

    Everybody was telling me Cyprus is a safe place. Probably it is, but in my case it was different. My laptop and camera were stolen from Kalymnos/Governors Beach, around 20km west of Limassol. I was observed probably cause I left my place just for 10min. Both camping owners and local police were not helpful.
    I hope it does not happen often. I am going there again.

    I do not have any photos from that place, you know the reason :)

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    Cabarets

    by george5b Written Jan 25, 2007

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    Despite their rather inconspicous name, cabarets are the Cypriot version of brothels. And there are lots of them, most with some connection to organized crime. Unfortunately, while Cyprus is generally very safe, several tourist get drugged and/or robbed every year while visiting one of these establishments. The best advice is to stay well clear of anything called cabaret, night club or men's paradise.

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