Our lovely Cyprus is in extreme danger facing the dilemma of bankruptcy or losing the ability to rule the island joining TROIKA plans. On the 15th of March the Eurogroup blackmailed Cypriot president and minister of economics to accept a cut on the deposits of the island in order to give financial help to the country. This caused thousand of people to run in the ATM’s to take as much money as they can creating a mess. The goal of this plan from the TROIKA is to kick out the Russian depositors from Cyprus, destroy the island’s banking sector and as a result TROIKA to have the full control of the island which as all we know soon enough will have the control of natural gas.
But let’s remember how all started. Sure Cyprus had its own problems during the years but actually everything became very bad due to one decision of the European Union concerning Greece. Explaining this I need to refer that banks of Cyprus have bought in a big amount, government papers of Greece. When Greece had their huge problems and they asked help from Europe, TROIKA decided to cut their debt in order their debt to be able to be paid back. But this had huge reflect to Cyprus banks which had bought from before big amount of government papers which after the cut of Greece debt, they worth almost nothing. This caused enormous problems to Cyprus banks which at some point they couldn’t react and so government applied for help to Europe and TROIKA. After a long period of negotiating and delays which mostly were caused by Germans and their accusations of money laundry in Cyprus, brought the country at a point just before the bankrupt. So we come on 15th of March night time when TROIKA blackmailed Cyprus with taking their plan with cut on deposits of the island’s banks or leave the country to bankrupt. But all know in Cyprus that this solution will push all the depositors to lose their trust in the Cyprus banking sector and take all their money and put in other banks which will let in totally destroying the banking sector which is the biggest employer in Cyprus with related services. This will lead in a situation that Cyprus will totally rely on TROIKA so Cyprus loses the rule of the island and the rule of the natural gas. The president brought this plan to the parliament to vote, but the parliament taking the pulse of the proud Cypriot people, decided not to give in and to vote “NO”. Here we must take into consideration that Cyprus is not fighting only for themselves but also for other countries of Euro zone in need such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and who knows who is next. This plan about cutting money from the savings of the people in the banks or the deposits of the investors is daylight robbery. What is the difference if somebody comes inside your house to steals your money? And if it happens one time in Cyprus, for sure TROIKA will keep using it in other countries in need. Now Cyprus is trying to find something different as plan for saving the country but things are very difficult and TROIKA is even stricter as to what they want. It seems that hope is the last weapon for the current time of speaking and writing.
Let’s hope that other countries will wake up as well and stop this kind of dictator policies inside the European Union from countries like Germany and their companions. Let’s stop the Europe of markets and create the Europe of people.
Let’s cross fingers for our lovely Cyprus…
Every year Limassol is hosting the biggest and the most important event in Cyprus-the carnival. There are few versions from where came this celebration which Cypriots celebrating for centuries.
One of versions says that this have been established under Venetian rule around the 16th century. The other version which is more believed is that it has been influenced by Greek traditions, such as festivities for wine and celebrating the God Dionysus. For both versions the celebration involves dressing in costumes.
In Cyprus the carnival is called “Apokries” which means “without meat”. The celebration starts 10 days before the fasting accordingly to Greek Orthodox calendar. Three main parades take place during Carnival.
The first is held on the first day ‘tsiknopempti’ the last week when you are allowed to eat meat), during which the "Carnival King" enters the decorated town. This year it was chosen the queen not the king and she is called ‘the queen of crisis and bliss’ to remind the people that you have to keep smiling even though the difficult times now. The second week called ‘Tyrini’ which means ‘cheese’ and it is symbolizing the week when you are allowed to eat only dairy products excluding the meat. The second parade is held on the first Sunday of the festival and the participants are mainly children. As well during this week of carnival there are seasonal specialties such as certain pastries like Bourekia which is filled with mint flavor anari cheese or cream and Kataifi are made.
The third and largest carnival takes place on the last Sunday, and involves hundreds of people walking in costumes along the town's longest avenue. The parade will begin with queens of the parade float accompanied with serenades singers and dancers. The parade will last untilnight time. After if the ball will be held and the best costume of carnival will be chosen and awarded.
During the carnival period a lot of events like serenade singing, costume balls and many more events are held in Limassol so every day is a celebration before the fasting starts. All the other towns also celebrate and have their own parades. Paphos has a lot of parties and special events but none are as elaborate as in Limassol.
This spectacular event is definitely worth not to be missed if you live in Cyprus or you are visiting.
Summer is coming and most of you are thinking where to spend your vacation. If you decide to choose Cyprus as a destination you should keep in mind these simple tips.
First of all the choice of the hotel in Cyprus is important. Double check hotel reviews as you don't want to completley trust a description on an agent’s website. Some sites are not updated regularly or they may even receive a kick back! So, always check other travelers experience in particular hotels which you are thinking to choose and the photos taken by the traveler’s in that hotel. If reviews are at least 70% positive you can choose the hotel and photos will show the real situation of the accommodation. Be aware that there are no cheap AND good hotels in Cyprus. If the price is very low comparing to the same category hotels you should become suspicious as it said you always get that for what you paid so if you pay 10 euro per night in summer for hotel don’t expect something good.
Secondly if you can arrange your transfer before you come to Cyprus do it and I will tell you why. If you come night time or on public holidays or not in high season it will be very difficult to find public transfer. As in the most countries the taxi drivers will try to charge as much as they can so you might end up paying triple price for the same transfer which you could book from before. Other option is to rent a car which is highly recommended in Cyprus as distance between attractions could be high or not reachable by public transport or walking.
When you arrive at the hotel and got accommodated go around and explore the neighborhood. Make your list before what you would like to see so you will be able to plan for time. A good thing is to ask locals what they recommend to see which is not in your list then you can discover real pearls of architecture or nature.
I would recommend having few meals outside even if you are planning to book an all inclusive or full board basis in a hotel as that’s how you will be able to feel the taste of the real life of Cyprus. You can also check the restaurants on the internet or the best option is to ask the staff of the hotel or locals what they can advise as a best restaurant for local food. The best restaurants among locals are not always included in tourist guides or in excursions provided by agent.
Regarding tips you should leave starting from 1.00 euro and up to much as you feel someone deserves. If you want to leave below 1 Euro, it is better not leave anything as waiter will be offended. Service employees are generally paid poorly so they do rely on tips however, not all deserve great tips but some go out of their way to provide a good experience and they should be compensated in my opinion.
Last, but not least is the souvenirs. It’s good to check prices in a few souvenirs’ shops before you make your decision to buy something as prices and quality may vary. If there are several souvenir shops in the area there are more chances to find a better price for the item you want in one of them. Do not try to negotiate the price unless you are buying a large amount of souvenirs as the owner of the shop will feel insulted and this is the least thing you want to do.
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With the global economic recession, many claim that demand for rented housing in Cyprus is bound to decline. This is true, at least for the upcoming months.
It is indeed true that the number of tourists who will visit the beautiful island this summer may decrease as more people seek to spend their holidays in a cheaper destination. The recent article about Cyprus as the most affordable destination for a week long holiday can only help out but with the increasing costs of fuels and the continuing struggles in the E.U. we can only be prepared for the more of the same downward trend. Therefore, the demand for rented villas (usually rented in the summer months by English, Russian and German tourists) is will fall. Although, Cypriots who live in the cities far from the sea, such as Nicosia are forecasted to keep renting holiday apartments closer to the shore. In addition to that, Agia Napa, the Cypriot “Ibiza”, will not be affected at all, and is already swarming with activity in the light of the resent opening of “Senor Frogs” and “Starsky’s”
Due to the economic recession times are very uncertain, and businesses choose not to invest. This is closely related to the developer’s industry, as less capital investment means less offices etc, and therefore less demand for property. However, due to the resent discovery of oil on the sea bed, many foreign experts will have to come to Cyprus on a regular basis, and may desire to relocate to Cyprus and seek a more permanent place to stay rather than paying for a hotel.
Lastly, a major factor to decrease demand for housing even lower is Turkey’s recent proposal to open up the Famagusta area, otherwise known as the Ghost town. Ever since the Turkish invasion, no one has ever stepped into the area, which was sealed off. Now, the Turkish government decided to let the refugees back into the city, promising to re-build it entirely. If this indeed does happen, hundreds of Cypriots will flock back to their homeland and reside in Famagusta. The houses they leave behind in other cities, therefore, are likely to be put up for sale or rent.But what about owner occupied housing? It is highly likely that it will remain unaffected, as people remain in their property seeing that it is not a good time to invest into new housing. Very few, if any, might take advantage of the falling rented accommodation prices and swap into that market.