We are about 10-11 weeks away from packing up our bags and moving back to the States, and I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. Looking back, I can see that our journey is divided in three parts:
1. Initial Settling In Period (Months 1-4)
Everything was new. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of Cyprus was foreign to us. Combined with jetlag, it was a lot to take in. During this initial period, we took on everyday tasks slowly, while making the most out of every weekend to soak in as much of Cyprus – seeing all of its natural beauty.
(Photos above: Pictures from the first two months of settling in – grocery shopping and getting free internet at Starbucks until the cable guy came.)
(Photos above: Photos from our day trips around the island.)
We made a long weekend visit to Greece and an even longer holiday visit to Europe to see some friends.
(Photos above: Pictures from Greece – November 2012. See Traveled Places Tab for more information.)
(Photos above: Pictures from Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and France in December 2012. See Traveled Places Tab for more information.)
2. The Everyday Period (Months 5-7)
After our holiday trip to Europe, the kids definitely said no more traveling. They preferred to stay in (as it was “cold” in Cyprus) and just be kids. We made more time with our new friends – scheduling play dates, inviting friends over to dinner, and going over to their places for dinner. We ventured out to local shops and restaurants, and we took fewer day trips around the island.
(Photos above: Potlucks and play dates, oh my!)
3. Lightning Speed Period (Months 8-10)
Okay, so I don’t know how the rest of our time will go in Cyprus. Right now, it’s only a prediction. However, I can say that I can feel time slipping through my fingers. Each week, I notice on Google Calendar that we only have so much time to meet up with everyone before we leave. We are starting to pick up trinkets from Cyprus to bring back home for our lovely friends and family who have been so supportive while we have been away.
Cypriot Easter Break is two weeks long, and we are looking forward to visiting some old friends. Then we have a long time and dear friend coming for a visit to Cyprus right at the tail end of our journey.
I am starting to give a good scrub down of the apartment, so that it is in better shape than when we first arrived.
I am collecting my final thoughts in draft form for June’s blog posts. It’s all feeling so surreal that this amazing fellowship opportunity for Prof turned out to be an equally amazing and eye-opening experience for the whole family.