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Where I was born.

Upon his arrival on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Shakespeare’s Othello speaks to Desdemona, “Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus, I have found great love amongst them.” Cyprus is renowned for its virtuous hospitality where the words “foreigner” and “guest” mean the same thing. Being the warmest island of the Mediterranean; white beaches, warm seas and abundant sunshine, attract plenty of tourists. The ranges of mount Troodos and the surrounding areas that still remain untouched, hold some of the rarest flowers and plants seen. One cannot resist the lure of visiting the Greco-Roman archeological sites, Byzantine churches and Medieval castles that testify to thousands of years of civilization, as Cyprus carries a history older than history itself, having been conquered by various nations over the centuries.

The ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite mythically rose from the waves on the south coast of the island, near the city of Pafos. The emblems of love and beauty she represents stamp the island with its unquenched desire for peace between the two divided communities that inhabit its landscape: The Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots. Nicosia, the capital city, remains to this day, the last remaining divided city in Europe. As explained by Greek-Cypriot writer Niki Marangou, “Nicosia…has a tension that is created by the Green Line. Those who live here long to go to the other side and those who live in the north want to come south. This creates a passion in the city.”

Since May 1st 2004 which marked Cyprus’ membership of the European Union, the Government of Cyprus wants to ensure stability and security for all its citizens, thus, on 8th of March 2007 at midnight, it demolished the wall dividing Ledra Street since 1958. Crowds of people followed the developments until dawn, singing for a reunited city.

Eleni Skarpari

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/27/2009
Thank you for the lesson, Eleni. You have taught me something new. Love and blessings,


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