Documentary, Food, Travel

Cyprus Stowaway, Part II

Cyprus * September 2013 * Sony Nex-7 * Lightroom 5

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1: HIKING TO KALEDONIA FALLS

Cyprus is a dry country. In all my visits, I have seen rain on two occasions. To visit a waterfall in Cyprus was a magical experience I never imagined I'd have. We followed a tiny stream that coursed upwards to the falls for about 2 km. We were three generations together, my mom determined to make it to the top even with her aching knees. On our hike, we met the feline guardian of the falls. (The blondie is my sister, yes, same parents).

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2: VISITING YIAYIA

We visited my grandmother in the coastal town of Limassol. She is an incredible cook; one of her specialties is Cypriot ravioles. They are stuffed with halloumi and dried mint. Though they are a traditional Cypriot food, I have only ever had her ravioles. Their flavor immediately calls forth the memory of her. I have been wanting to learn to make these and though we wouldn't have time for a hands-on tutorial, I hoped to have her describe the steps. I haven't seen her in some time and once we arrived I knew that wouldn't be possible. Age is taking its toll, she had trouble remembering who we were. I savored these moments with her in her home, finding photographs of my mother, father, and my sister and I, photos from many years ago. Though we didn't have ravioles, we were treated to fried barbouni, my mom's favorite.

3: THE ANCIENT AMPHITHEATER, KOURION

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4: LUNCH BY THE SEA

 

Tahini

Tzatziki

Tarama

Hummus

Grilled octopus

Calamari

Moussaka

5: BUOYED BY THE MEDITERRANEAN

Having lived in quite a few places, I sometimes struggle to know where my "home" is. Swimming in the Mediterranean sea, something ancestral is triggered. I feel distinctly at home. This is where I emerged from, this sea. Wading in to this sacred water for the first time in ten years was a homecoming indeed.

6: AGIA NAPA, CLIFF JUMPING AT THE CAPE GRECO SEA CAVES

I jumped. And it was terrifying and wonderful.

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7: A CYPRIOT WEDDING

My cousin Elena's wedding, what brought us to Cyprus. A small church we never stepped into, blowing winds, the lovers sealing their marriage by walking around the altar, a setting sun.