Sunday, 29 July 2018

Ayia Napa – Knocked me down

... and not in a good way I might add.

Over all, it was not a bad trip but it could have had a bit less drama than it did. We started our journey on a Saturday, the 21st of July to be exact – me, Sam, my sister, my sisters boyfriend and my mother. We didn't sleep the night from Friday to Saturday because we had to be at the airport so early. The car ride to the airport was interesting, four of us were squeezed in the back and prayed not to be stopped by the police (okay I prayed while the rest of my family were laughing and being cool).

Most of us got a little sleep on the plane and then we had to survive one hour on a transfer bus to Christofinia Hotel. The hotel looked amazing and the location was fantastic, about five minutes to the beach and less than an hour to the city if you walk (faster, obviously, with taxi). The receptionist was not very polite or happy, she basically just wanted to check us in and then go on with whatever she was doing. The rooms were nice and the view was not too bad considering we did not have a sea view.

View from our hotel room

We spent most of our days at the beach and around the pool area, the drama I was mentioning in the beginning always happened in the evening, of course. I'm not going to write down everything crazy that happened, but I can tell you about my own drama. It all started at the place my sister called "Barrundan" which is basically the streets of bars in the city of Ayia Napa. I don't usually party as much as I did when I was younger but sometimes I get convinced that it is a good idea with a party evening and ... well, when shots are involved my judgement is no longer useful. It all started in a happy and fun vibe. We were drinking, dancing, laughing, joking, talking and looking at interesting party-people. We jumped from one bar to another and kept doing what we were doing. Of course we didn't notice that we started talking nonsense and couldn't walk straight. I think it was at the third/last bar where we had the "one too many drink". My sister and her boyfriend had not had any alcoholic drinks at all so they had to babysit us who had been drinking (not very proud of this moment considering I'm the big sister – obs, everyone are 20 years or older here).

We took a cab back to the hotel, but of course me and Sam didn't feel that we wanted to sleep so we went to the beach. This is when things were getting blurry for me. I had somehow lost my bag at the beach, hit my toe so bad that it was bleeding and the day after I also noticed a huge bruise on my thigh.  Of course ... I cried. Drama girl.

The day after we went to the reception at our hotel and asked about my bag, and there it was. The first thing the receptionist says is "We haven't touched your bag". But she knew our room number so she must have opened the bag and seen the room key. Of course my 150 euros were gone. Did the grumpy receptionist take it? Did someone else take it? Who knows ... I was hangover and embarrassed. And my drama was not the only craziness of this trip but I'll keep the rest for myself. It was a memorable trip to say the least.

Me and my soulmate being tipsy in Ayia Napa

During our visit in Ayia Napa we had a lot of good and bad food. I can really recommend a Lebanese restaurant called Zaatar that served really tasty dishes. The staff was very polite and down to earth. I thought it was hard to eat plant-based food during this trip/vacation, espacially when you're in company with people who wants to eat meat (my mom, sister and her boyfriend). This means we could not go to "all vegan restaurants" and the restaurants we did go to only had vegetarian options, not all vegan. So, yes ... I ate some dairy products but at least I stayed away from the meat. 

The beaches were great, the water is crystal clear and the beaches soft and white. The drinks were cold and my company was entertaining. I can't say that I would like to visit Ayia Napa again, I think I got more than enough from this destination during this trip. Ayia Napa is more suited for the party people, and I don't think I'm one of them anymore.

Thanks Cyprus!
PS: I'm not posting any pictures of my sister, my mother and my sister's boyfriend because I want to respect their privacy. 
I do have some images on my Instagram page, that's the limitation I want to keep. 

Swedish summary: 
Ayia Napa med familjen var spännande, dramatisk, rolig, irriterande och härlig – allt på samma gång. Jag förlorade 1500 kr efter den såkallade "barrundan" vilket sved. Utöver resans dramatiska kvällar var det väldigt mysigt på många sätt också. Stränderna var fantiska, vi åt god mat (och dålig) och sällskapet var underhållande. Vill jag åka till Cypern igen? Inget som ligger högt på min lista, finns andra platser i världen som jag hellre besöker. Tack Napa!

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