2003-09-27

Saturday the trip day again. :)


Original plan to go to Cape Greko (or whatever it’s name is), but due to our late leave we changed the plan on the way. Nissi beach. While it’s not that hot any more as it used to be, the water is still warm and beach time is still on.


We stayed long, until the sunset. Numerous beach activities like study of ants’ lifestyle in isolated laboratires made from playing cards and digging alive human being (Lev) into sand made the time pass.


Back home in Limassol a quick shower and search for food, which guided us into a never-yet-tried new Yugoslavian restaurant “Garden”. While it looked somewhat better then our all times favourite “Kod Cece”, the food and service was the same or worse. The music was distructing some of us real bad too. Anyway, I don’t think we’ll visit it anytime soon.


A game of poker at our place with me loosing whatever I had, plus going into debts. Luckily, I am married to a rich woman, who won the game. ;)

2003-09-26

Today is kind of a special day. Meeting at Alex Georgiades’ place to celebrate the birth of his daughter Irina. Lots of people, vodka, beer, and pizza. His wife and daughter are still in the hospital (hopefully coming out tomorrow), but we had a bunch of pictures to see. Nice party!


After that Hazard and me are off for hotdog and a long talk on the beach. “People are strange, when you are a stranger…” (C) Doors. :)

2003-09-24

Rather crazy day at work. Everyone suddenly decided that they should now be on the top of my TODO list, so they proceeded with trying to persuade me to modify my prescuios task list. Some of them actually succeeded.


Fax server went through yet another reanimation and review. Ticketing system configurations were modified several times through the course of the day. Updates were installed on several machines and broken staff fixed where it happened. Aparently, a strange thing happenned with Intranet, where CPAN decided to feed me with versin 3 of the CGI module. I forsee a pain in the near future when it’ll be necessary to upgrade to that. Until of course they’ll fix all the issues like cookies and sessions functionality broken with mod_perl and Embperl thrown into mix. Anyway, today is over. :)

Hulk

After all the pressure with work after holidays, I decided that I should go slowly about it and requested another two days of for the next week. 1st of October (Wednesday) will be a national holiday, so I’ll stay at home for the following Thursday and Friday also. Not to mention the weekend. Isn’t it a one sneaky plan? :)


Cinema with “Hulk” watching in the evening. That’s one of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen. If you are going to see it, don’t forget a pillow. Your favourite book might also be a good idea, unless of course you think that it’s difficult to read in movie darkness. :)

2003-09-21

Last day of holidays. Breakfast in the hotel, swimming pool, pictures – all as usual. Then packing and checking out of the hotel. After that a trip to Akamas Peninsula again and “last castle” taverna with outstanding pork and house wine.


Lara bay beach again. Trip back to Paphos. Switching cars and a trip back to Limassol. Hazard asked us to remind him sometime later on that he actually likes vacations and should do it more often. :)


In Limassol, everyone looked sleepy, so I left them and went to meet with my former classmate Yury Babinkov. Dinner at Cleopatra with nargile, then few beers in 127. And that’s the end of the day.

2003-09-20

Today’s morning part is like yesterday’s. Adventures though are relocated back to Akamas Peninsula (and more specifically Lara Bay beach), which proved to have best places for rest and leasure. :)


We spent food time at the Lara Bay restaurant, which was not shy enough to put “C-Class restaurant” string on top of it’s menus. And there is nothing to be shy, when you are actually a D-Class restaurant. :) Well, I’ve to give it that – it’s nicely placed on small hill just on the shore of the sea. But apart from that everything stinks. Service is close to none: you’ll have to pick up the menus from the bar yourself and then you’ll use a strange set of gestures to attract the attention of the person closest to the waiter so that he could pass on the message. Food is eatable but not better then that. We were advised to have some pork souvla, which was said to be surprisingly good today, but showed up to be the worst pieces of pork overdone on fire that I ever had. And that’s not it. There are 2 adult dogs with 3 almost adult puppies and an adult cat with 3 or 4 almost adult kittens. Disclaimer: I have nothing against animals in general. But when they bark at you for not giving them a piece of something that you have I don’t like it. When then try to storm the table using the latest strategies and tactics from the military officer’s book I don’t like it. Well, I better stop here… The only plesent thing except for sea was the presence of draught Carlsberg which saved the day.


After the beach, back in Paphos, we used the knowledge from yesterday’s mistake and booked the table in Cavallini restaurant. My first impressions were not very possitive due to a lot of people sitting behind tables which were located like 30 cm away from each other. That’s overcrowded in my book. The table for us was not ready, so we had to wait a bit inside on the couch. That’s a touchy thing. Menus looked fine as did the waiters. Servicing itself was not much, although everyone tried to stay as up to the class as possible. Food was very good, but not excellent. Except for the ice cream. That old family recipe is something. Overall a good place, but not worth a trip to Paphos. Not like yesterday. :)

2003-09-19

Third day of vacations. We are starting to feel the spirit… :)


First, the traditional by now part of English breakfasting in the hotel restaurant, swimming pool fights, lots of photos, and the like. An interesting note about English breakfasts in this hotel: while food is of a proper quality, the combination of products makes it impossible to have one proper English breakfast. Each day a different component is missing: beans, eggs, sausages… Strange feeling of a trend. :)


Today we decided to have a real adventure for us and for our 4×4 friend. Akamas. And I am not talking about some sandy beaches in Akamas Peninsula 20 minutes away from our hotel. I mean real Akamas. Firstly, we took a different road to Polis, which laid through the many villages and a mountain. Some spectacular views there. All photographed, of course. :) Then, a cultural visit to Baths of Aphrodite with some more pictures taken there.


…and then a real thing. The arrow sign said: “Fontains of Amorosa”. And the road sign below it show a brick and claimed: “No entry”. Of course they meant all those normal sedans and saloons which are not ready for the rough part of the “Rough Guide to Cyprus” book. :) Some nice driving with the top speed of 5 km/hour over bumpy stones, red sands, between rocks and cliffs with the sea view to the right starting 30 santimeters to the right and 200 meters below the car. :)


First sandy beach we found was not actually a beach, but rather a sandy field surrounded by rocks which were vulcano lava long long long time ago. Nice view, but totally unprepared for beach tourism. So we continued deeper into the nature…


The second place we found was rather nice, so we decided to stay since it was a long late into the afternoon. Quick picnic with sandwitches and beer. The beach turned out to be a sneaky bastard. Sandy shore turned into a shallow rocky bottom. One had to walk few hundred meters for the water to get deep enough to cover shoulders. Rocks were terrible for walking with lots of staff growing over them. The water was warm though. Overall, it was good enough for one in time in 5 years, but not more often. :)


Back in Paphos we thought that it would be nice to have some real restaurant food today. First choice happened to be an Italian restaurant. We found it rather quickly, but unfortunately it was totally booked and hopelessly busy. So we continued with the second choice which was Metaxa restaurant. Luckily, they found a table for us. Excellent place with very nice service, excellent dishes (chicken liver, souzoukakia, and mushroom stake) and reasonable prices.


Joy and happy we are back home for a traditionally game of poker until it’s bed time. :)