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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Diary by Victoria Crighton ]

Diary by Victoria Crighton

Village life in the city

Only three more boxes to go and then that’s it all done. The last few boxes are always the worst, aren’t they? Flotsam and jetsam of various drawers, things you are fairly certain you could live without but have a nagging fear that should you bite the bullet and just throw them away, they’ll suddenly prove to be invaluable, hence you’ve been lugging them around for the past 15 years. They’re always the last to be packed and remain the final bits and pieces to be unpacked and will end up being unceremoniously tossed into various drawers awaiting the next move, where the cycle will begin again. Anyway, aside from these minor odds and ends, we are pretty much settled into our lovely new house and on a daily basis are pinching ourselves when we wake up as we can’t quite believe it is really ours.

There was a little bit of tension during the move as LB and I have completely different methods. I am horribly impatient and as soon as the keys were in our hands I was ready to move. LB has a more sensible approach to these matters and quite reasonably wanted us to clean the place before filling it up with all of our belongings. Impatience won over sensibility and we ended up cleaning the house around boxes, tables, bags and furniture – not ideal. It also didn’t help that I was hell bent on hanging paintings and sewing curtains during all of this so was rushing around the house with a cloth in one hand and a hammer in the other, not entertaining for one moment that a more rational process would have involved cleaning the place, unpacking our things and leaving the fun stuff till the end. Despite these minor glitches, within a few days the house was gleaming, the curtains were hung, pictures were on the wall and good humour returned.

It really does seem too good to be true and our nasty old neighbours and inconsiderate builders from the last place seem like a lifetime ago. Every day I am finding a new excuse to party. Yay! The courtyard is finished – let’s have some friends round to christen it. Hurrah! The kitchen is sorted – let’s have some friends round for dinner. Woo! The curtains are hung – let’s have some friends round to celebrate. And so it has been going on until our kidneys and livers have been begging for mercy and friends have stopped taking our calls for fear of having to appear over excited at a new light fitting, doorknob or tablecloth.

Not only is the house chocolate-box pretty and far more spacious than it first appeared, the neighbourhood is also extremely charming. We are getting to experience village life without having to move out of the city.

In spite of being fairly central, old Ayios Omologites is a village in itself with its narrow streets, unique little shops, church, bakery and school. The local taverna is directly across the road from us and the pretty awful food can be forgiven for the character of the place and the always effusive welcome given, both of which more than make up for the rather unappetising burnt offerings. Although we’ve only been here two weeks we are getting very used to everyone knowing everyone. I was at a sewing class (!) last week and in a rather bizarre coincidence, of the four students there, three of us had houses on the very same street.

When the teacher heard this, also being familiar with the street, she then mentioned so-and-so who has a house there who’s the cousin of whats-her-name who’s planning to move there, who’s married to whats-his-face who grew up there. One of the students not only knew all of these people but had also been to our place with a friend some time before and filled me in on some of the history of the house.

We’re already on first name terms with most of the people in our immediate vicinity and have been given bags of fruit to welcome us along with many offers of help. I know I sound a little bit gushy but really, it is like something from a film and I half expect someone to come knocking on our door any day now to tell us it’s all a sham and we’ve been inadvertently taking part in some Truman Show type of thing. Until that happens though I will continue my nesting, gushing and celebrating with a vengeance…

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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