We drove to the Turkish-Cypriot side of the island on a brisk Saturday morning (December 8th). It had been raining the past couple of days, and the night before was particularly rainy.
Prof drove us to the buffer zone, where he got us visas (basically papers allowing us to cross over), auto “insurance” to drive your car, and some tourist maps.
When you cross through the buffer zone, passport personnel do not stamp your passports, since you are going through occupied territory. This is why they give you a piece of paper that states you are allowed to cross over to the other side of the island. And foreigners buy “insurance” on their vehicle, even though they have insurance from the Greek-Cypriot side. You can choose to not buy insurance, but I don’t know if that is such a wise thing to do, since you never know what repercussions you may face for not buying added insurance.
Once we got situated with everything, Prof drove on. We saw a sign on the opposite side of lane that said, “How Happy I Am to Say I’m a Turk.” I can’t remember what it said on our side, but it reminded me of a recent episode of “Parks and Recreation” (episode titled, “Pawnee Commons” – watch starting from 5:20 seconds).
If you know the background of the show, there is a rivalry between two neighboring towns, Pawnee (where Leslie Knope, Amy Pohler’s character, is from) and the town of Eagleton.
When you leave the town of Pawnee, the sign says:
“City of Pawnee, Now Leaving Pawnee, Come Back Soon!”
And when you leave the town of Eagleton, the sign says:
“City of Eagleton, Now Entering Pawnee, Good Luck with That.”
I wonder if there are any lessons that can be learned from a thirty-minute sitcom?
Stay tuned tomorrow for photos of our day trip to another very beautiful side of Cyprus. It’s all about castles and medieval stuff! So get your princes’ and princesses’ hats on!