Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Larnaca, Cyprus (Nicolaides Sea View City)

I can’t begin to describe what it is like for me to have a place to stay where everything, at least inside the flat, is familiar. Though I generally learn quickly where to find the silverware drawer, plates and glassware. It is knowing about the small details that give me some relief to always be in learning mode where I’m constantly being tested on how something works or where to even find the light switch. The more I stay here the more I would like to return. Maybe next year I’ll stay for a month, or maybe two.

The only thing planned for today is to mail the check to American Express and buy a chicken for dinner tonight. I now remember where the big market is located. And across the street from the market is where I got a pedicure when I was here last time.

Today is another very hot day. Now that the summer solstice is next week, the sun is almost directly overhead and you can really feel it when you step out of the shade. The nearby post office is only a few blocks away, and after I was finished there, I started to walk to the grocery, about a 15 minute walk.

As I remembered, the place where I had my pedicure five months ago was across the street from the market so I went in to make an appointment, or perhaps they have an opening for me today. I learned that tomorrow at 1:00 would be the first time they could fit me in, so I will be back at that time.

I actually remember were to find some of the items in the store and picked up what I needed relatively quickly. This store is the only one I’ve been to where there is someone in the produce area that weighs and puts the price tag on your bag of fruits or vegetables. Heaven forbid that you took a plastic bag of carrots through check out without a price sticker attached.

As I was waiting in the checkout line I started a conversation with a woman standing behind me. I later found out her name was Judith, and in her words, a reformed southerner from England but born in the midlands. Even though she moved over to another line to have her goods rung up, she came back over to me and continued our conversation. And we kept on talking outside the store as well. She was definitely an open book. What a fascinating life she has led. She offered me a ride back, and given the heat, I gladly accepted.

She dropped me off near the police station, across from where I’m staying. She was just the person who I needed to speak with today. Here I was thinking about staying for a longer period of time, and she told me that she prefers a cooler climate, but is in Larnaca because her boyfriend is from here. And now she has learned to deal with the heat. Good air conditioning! Helpful to hear about what its like to live where when you’d prefer a place a bit cooler.

I needed a nap (after I cooled off) when I got back to the flat and started to make dinner after I woke up. I wrote my travel blog while the chicken was in the oven. I also made some mashed potatoes and cooked some frozen peas. (Wish I had some butter.)

I ate my dinner as I was watching the last episode of the second season of “The Expance”. I found out that I can’t watch the third season until Netflix releases it or I find a way to get it directly from the U.S. I’ll have to work on that.

The only thing I have planned for tomorrow is to get a pedicure and also find a few mailing envelops for souvenirs that I purchased when visiting Vlad’s castle in Romania. The trick is to find a store that sells mailing envelops.

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