Saturday, 11 January 2019

Larnaca, Cyprus (Nicolaides Sea View City) 

After my first night here I was concerned about the heat, but now that it has warmed up a bit in Larnaca, I’m very comfortable. After I got ready, I left to walk down for my pedicure yesterday and then over to the Metro store across the street. I’m getting used to my new sunglasses that I bought on Amazon. Since my prescription sunglasses were in the bag that I lost on the train in Frankfurt, I was without sunglasses that I could use to read my phone while walking in the sunshine. The walk today gave me an opportunity to walk on uneven ground while wearing sunglasses that had a 2X lens built into the bottom of the frame. They work fine, but I have to remember to keep looking forward rather than looking down so often because of the distortion. They worked fine. I bought two pair since they were so cheap. 

The person doing the pedicure did a great job, but I warned her that the bottoms of my feet are very sensitive. I jumped a couple of times while she was scraping off dead skin from the soles of my feet. She thought it was funny how sensitive I was. I might go back again to this shop before I leave next month.

I just had a few items to buy at the store. Easier to find everything now that I know my way around the place. I’m very impressed with the variety of meat, fish, and produce at this store. Most of the fish is caught fresh from local fishing boats. I bought a chicken yesterday to roast, which I did, and will make my version of a chicken pot pie this evening. But first, I need a few more vegetables.

When I looked at the store receipts for yesterday and today I noticed that the costs were very reasonable, if not a bit less than in the U.S. For instance, today I bought: potatoes (4), corn on the cob (3), string beans (bag), ginger (1), carrots (3), and onions (2) and the total bill was $5.75 (USD converted from Euro). The previous day the most expensive item was the chicken and it was $9.60, which is compatible to the U.S., but it was fresh and organic. It made a beautiful and tasty roasted chicken. 

My version of chicken pot pie uses mashed potatoes instead of a crust or biscuits. I was going to make biscuits but preferred to keep it simple, not being a good biscuit-maker unless I use Bisquick. After sauteing onions I added flour to the onions, then slowly added milk and chicken broth that I made with bones from last night’s roast chicken. After it was starting to thicken, I added chicken, carrots, peas, corn, and cut string beans. This will last me three days. 

For entertainment, I decided to watch (or re-watch) 2001, A Space Odyssey. Too bad the final part of the movie left the viewer with more questions, such as “why”, but I watched it anyway. Can’t believe that it has been 50 years since it was originally released. Interesting to see brand names like Bell Telephone, Hilton, and Pan Am in the movie. It was still fun to watch and remember the first time I saw it at the Rialto Theatre in Hood River.

I’ve enjoyed waking up and watching the sun rise while I drink my coffee. What a great way to start the day. Then I go back to sleep and wake up later. 

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