my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs

An unexpected trip

An unexpected trip

My history teacher at school told us that ‘history cannot be pigeonholed’. I recently visited for the first time (I’m 35 years old) the Imprisoned Graves (more commonly known in Greek as Filakismena Mnimata – Φυλακισμένα Μνήματα). Like many other Cypriot school children who didn’t attend public school, I was…

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Ode to Djus

Ode to Djus

Since re-learning Turkish some time ago now, certain new linguistic avenues have opened up to me. And with the re-acquisition of a language, comes a kind of responsibility, especially in a country like Cyprus, which has Greek and Turkish as its official languages, but where few young people speak both.…

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Contact Theory

Contact Theory

Checkpoints bursting with endless queues of Greek Cypriot-plated cars leading each other to cheaper fuel; interacting and engaging with Turkish Cypriots and Turks along the way. Some might say that these people are simply taking advantage of the weak TL. The optimists among us though see something else. I am…

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