Once again, I am on the move. I’m starting to realise that I don’t tend to stay in one place for too long. For some, this lifestyle could sound like a nightmare but this is one of the reasons I decided to have a career in the military. To travel, explore and see the world.
So far I have been lucky enough to live in Germany and Cyprus. Add to that the three months I lived in Egypt last year, it turns out I’ve spent more time overseas in the last 5 years than I have in the UK.
But this time I am not moving to a new country. I am returning to Cyprus.
After spending two years here from 2013-2015 I was eager to return to the Mediterranean. For me, there are so many benefits and positive reasons to live here. The relaxed nature, unbeatable sun and escaping cold and drizzly winter mornings. I find it miserable having to go to work on a cold January morning at 7 am, only to find it’s still dark. Then when I return home at 5 pm it’s dark again. This won’t be a problem in Cyprus.
As with all things, there are downsides. We won’t see much of our friends and family back in the UK. Making new friends in a new country can be difficult. Getting a job can be hard for my wife. The language and culture are different and can take some getting used to. There is uncertainty in Europe with the Brexit negotiations which is making the pound weak against the Euro.
But all of these niggles and problems are totally worth it. I’ve been on Island for just under a week and so far I have already been cliff jumping, swam in a 1.9 km open water swimming race and started a new job. In the coming weeks, I will be joined by my wife and our dog Cleo.
There are so many opportunities to explore not only Cyprus but the surrounding areas in the Middle East. Israel, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are on the list of places I would love to explore.
Settling in is much easier having lived here before. I’m living on the same street as I did last time and recognise some of the same faces in the shops. Being able to buy fresh halloumi and enjoy Greek meze’s again is a dream. The familiarity is just like returning home.
If anybody is reading this in 2017-2018 and would like to visit Cyprus, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be more than happy to show people the best spots and places to eat, trek and cliff jump.