“Yeia Sou! Kalo sorises.” Hello! Welcome.
I (Yiola) am writing to you from the beautiful island of Cyprus. A small Mediterranean island so strategically placed its location is ironic.
Caught between European and Middle Eastern influence (and a long history of varied occupation) I dare to claim that Cyprus is one of the most unique places on earth.
Last week’s blog about language as culture and language as power came to you from my short time in Vienna. This week I find myself in a country where I speak the language (Greek). I can communicate (sort of) and can identify with the culture (sort of). As a visitor, I feel welcomed and because I have some knowledge of the language I have a sense of knowing, of so many things, and a sense of belonging. Language is power.
Of course, it is not so simple. The nuances and complexities of culture and its constant evolution make it challenging for anyone not living in its place to fully understand. The beauty of travel is that we can experience and through our experiences learn something new and refreshing about the world and ourselves.
Some images of Cyprus:
A map of Cyprus — my father pointing to Limassol (which is where most of the images below were taken)
small villages in Limassol
The island’s most popular attraction: beautiful beaches.
My daughter Sylvia Clare and I sending warm greetings from Cyprus!