my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs

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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Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

“Well done,” they said. You’ve conquered your fears; crossing to the north every day and no less by car. However, it does come with a price, aside from the irritating time difference. First of all, I’ve realized how much paperwork is involved in certain actions; things you would never even…

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Our dialects

Our dialects

When two communities live apart for over 40 years there are bound to be consequences which undoubtedly affect language; or in this case our beloved and deep-rooted dialects. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I realised how much the Turkish Cypriot dialect had changed. For me the constant reminder of…

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