Two months. Maybe that doesn't seem that long, but when it's the time that's placed between seeing your spouse in person, it becomes a feat of patience. It seems like every time I say good-bye to Alison it's the start of our longest period away from each other, even if only by a few days. Alison has had people wonder if we're doing alright as a married couple, if we actually like each other. I assure you, we like each other, so much so that we'll forgo each others company for long periods of time so that we can release each other to pursue personal goals and dreams.
Nice thing about what we do is that when we do get to see each other it often involves a rendezvous in a unique place. This time around it was the island of Cyprus. At present Alison races for an Italian team, to do so she needs to live in Italy and thus has to monitor the amount of time she spends within the EU. With Alison having 10 days between races in April, it was an ideal time to meet up. Alison chose Cyprus as our destination because it was close for her, has good riding and is not technically part of the EU, enabling her to reset her visa. I'm not complaining. Before this trip I had never even heard of the island, now I'm really looking forward to going back and exploring more.
I left to fly to Frankfurt Airport on April 3rd. Between flights I had a 10 hour layover which I spent in the airport twiddling my thumbs (I wasn't particularly driven to put up with the hassle of leaving the airport, navigating through German streets then returning through customs) until I was informed by Alison that there had been a mishap with her flights and she would be meeting me at Frankfurt then flying with me to Cyprus. We arrived on the island at 3 am, rented a car and drove in the dark to Meleni Cottages in Perekklisia.
10am we were met by the cheery Eleni, owner of Meleni Cottages, with the offer of a traditional Cyprus breakfast. Good start! We ate, Alison left to the grocery store while I went back to bed to combat some of my jet lag. Our first day was pretty mellow as I was incapable of thinking about anything other than sleep. The day warmed to 24*C with unhindered sunlight, ahhhhh, warmth at last.
Throughout the week we traveled from our quaint little B&B to various locations around the island. We visited the shipwreck of the Edro III, hiked to Caledonia Falls, did beach time at Coral Bay, explored various villages and ruins, walked through deep gorges, taste tested olive oil and drank Cyprus coffee in the sunshine every morning. Overall a fantastic time of relaxation and exploration together.
So, without further adieu, I give you 9 days worth of photo's covering all our Cyprus adventures.