Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

First of all, Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to all of you!  Best wishes to you, your families, and friends.  I hope all your disappointments and mischiefs will stay in 2010 and that 2011 will bring only the good stuff.

Looking back at 2010, I see a very rocky year.  So many things came and went, started and finished, appeared and disappeared that it’s hard to keep the track of.  I found and left two jobs.  I moved back to the apartment from the rented house.  My wife found the job, but not for long.  Maxim started school.  My mother moved to another apartment and got back to her blog, even though in a completely different way.  My dad took over a website and became a webmaster in just the few month that he was online. With all these changes around me, I didn’t focus as much on blogging, photography, and technological trends.  But now that most of these changes are (hopefully) over, I’ll get back to my interests.

I don’t have any big plans or hopes for 2011.  I hope that everyone around me stays healthy and wealthy.  I hope I’ll get out of the country for a few days (not much travel happened in 2010, but that was well compensated by 2009).   I hope I’ll finally get myself one of those Android phones.  And maybe even an Amazon Kindle.  These gadgets interest me enough to review my programming skills, which I hope will see some refurbish this year.

With that, I once again wish you all the best, and hope you’ll share your year reviews and hopes for 2011 in the comments.  Have fun, enjoy, and celebrate.  Happy New Year!

Limassol buses information

Finally, Limassol is joining a list of pretty much every city on this planet that has a system of public transportation!  Lots of new buses, new routes, new tickets, new passengers – all that is exciting.  I’ve been waiting for this and now I’m happy to see how it grows and improves.  From a myth of bus system, it turned into a real bus network.  It’s true that not everything is covered yet, and that most people still prefer to drive their own cars, but I see light in the end of the tunnel.  I’m full of hope.  And I say – just give it time.  And we’ll have an alternative to personal cars and expensive taxis.

I have tried the new bus system myself.  Together with my son Maxim we took a test ride to grandma’s and back.  The funny bit was when were heading back home, we had a choice of either going back by bus or getting a lift by my brother.  When presented with these options, Maxim chose a bus.  And I don’t see why not.  The buses are new and comfortable.  We already paid for a daily ticket.  There is practically no waiting time.  And it’s all exciting and new.

The only issue I noticed with the new system is that nobody knows which routes are there, where buses stop, and how often they go.  Except for route 30, which goes along the seaside from La Meridian Hotel to the New Port of Limassol and back.  Gladly, there is a website now that solves the problem with detailed information on all routes, bus stops, timetables, ticket prices, and more – LimassolBuses.com . Not only the website is in both Greek and English, but it’s a nice showcase of how WordPress can be used for a non-blog.

Good news from PrimeTel

Yes, I know, I am biased when I talk about PrimeTel, since I used to work there and still have a lot of friends there.  But even with that, how can one not be happy about great news that came in via SMS today:

Your Internet speed will double as of 1/1/2011 with no additional charge. Happy New Year from PrimeTel!

I am getting 4.5 – 5.5 Mbps on my 4 Mbps PrimeTel subscription.  With this new upgrade it seems I’ll be getting somewhere around 10 Mbps. Excellent present – thank you PrimeTel!

Updated: You might also want to read this article in Cyprus Mail.

Day in brief

Where does Father Christmas come from?

The sweetness of Christmas season is starting to take its toll on me.  I am sugared up and covered in chocolate both inside and outside.  I’m also in a mildly awaken state between hangover and sobriety.  And for this condition, there is nothing better than a funny Christmas story with some black humor in it.  Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you the answer to the question “Where does Father Christmas come from?”.

Warning: minor nudity and minor violence ahead!