Friday, 12 May 2017

Today I’m meeting my Airbnb host in Limassol for coffee. To get to Limassol, you can either drive or take the intercity bus. Thought I’d take the bus. Taking a bus (vs. a plane or train) is a little iffy for me. Not able to buy tickets on-line (as a general rule), many pickup and drop off points, possible traffic delays, mechanical failures, etc. In other words, I’m going to have questions.

I learned that the bus driver issues the tickets and found the stop that is near my flat. Think I know where to get off in Limassol, but will keep my GPS open to the meeting location so I can tell when I’m close.

The bus driver was not the friendliest person (to put in mildly) so I added extra charm and politeness as I bought my tickets. Glad I had most of my questions answered beforehand. (He was not too keen about answering questions as I saw how he interlaced with the other passengers.) Almost comical in how gruff he was.

The bus was very clean, comfortable, and modern (with air conditioning). Not much to see along the way. Cyprus is fairly arid with few trees. A little bit like Eastern Oregon.

Much more to see when I arrived in Limassol. The town follows the coastline and takes at least 15 minutes to get to its center and the marina. Nice to see so many tourists. After being in Egypt, with few tourists, good to see so many people enjoying the water, beach and sun.

I was a bit early so walked around the marina and old town area. Very relaxed kind of town. The population of Limassol is around 100,000 (Larnaca is around 50,000). I could see staying longer here, but not today.

At 11:30 I met Marcel at Cafe Nero. This is the first time I’ve really sat down and talked with an Airbnb host. Sure, we’ve talked as they’ve shown me around the flat, but to meet up outside of the flat is rare. We had plenty to talk about. And our conversation went deep to the point of talking about higher consciousness and energetic vibrations. We had to part ways so he could finish up with his day and I could return to Larnaca. He was kind enough to drive me to the bus stop. Perhaps he was surprised when I said I probably shouldn’t have to wait long for the bus – then as we turned around, we could see the bus about a half-block away.

The bus ride back was uneventful. Kind of missed the gruff bus driver from this morning. We got into Larnaca and was dropped off near my flat. Think I got too much sun and was very tired. Took a nap soon after walking through the door. Didn’t stay up too late. Guess I need some sleep.


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