Solo Cyprus birthday was the perfect way to spend late March. It was not the first time celebrating it all alone, but it made a space for serious introspection.
The whole month of September, I will share 30 stories with you. One story each day. You will find out how I travelled, what countries I called home and how many times I repeated a travel in the same place. But most importantly, you will get to know my comfort zone stories. Would you share yours?
Even though this was the last time visiting a new country, it was not the last trip I took. Probably you’ve noticed by the years and months I posted on the other trips. So March 2019 was the month I ended a long strike of travelling each month starting September 2017. And you’re wondering why I was so tired.
I stayed in Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca and I truly liked the country. I promised myself the next time I’m visiting, I will rent a car. It’s difficult to travel only by bus when there are so many stunning places to see. Even though driving on the left would be a big challenge for me (at the time I didn’t have a driving license).
If you remember my own birthday tradition I came up with back in Chile, I had mimosas again for my Cyprus birthday. This time I sneaked it in my thermos to drink some by the pool. Since there was a bar, it’s frowned upon to bring your own alcohol. That was a great day! But when I left that hotel and city, unfortunately, I forgot the thermos on the bus with some extra mimosa I made.
I went off at the wrong bus stop and then I had to walk for probably one hour to get to the next bus stop. I waited for another hour, only to realise I was still at the wrong bus station. Luckily the bus I took to get to this new city appeared out of nowhere and I recognised the driver. I asked him about my thermos and he let me look for it, only to tell me he still has it. What were the chances?!
Unfortunately, he threw away ‘whatever liquid it had inside’. His words. Hahaha, dammit! I finally took a taxi to get to my new place and the driver was Romanian. He told me everything about the Romanian community in Cyprus, but he didn’t paint a great picture. When I finally made it to the hotel, they upgraded me for free so I stayed in a mini-apartment all by myself. No complaints in the end, but I talked about it on Travelling Inside Out.
I am extremely grateful I got to Cyprus. I actually mentioned it as one of my favourite islands. But I am happy I got to see it also because I wouldn’t be able to celebrate my birthday abroad for at least the next two years. When was the last time you treat yourself to your birthday? Let me know in the comments below.
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