Stephan Brown, Study Abroad-Nicosia, Cyprus (Week 9)

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
-Albert Schweitzer

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Photo credit: Caleb Kissiah

       This week we explored Paphos; The birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.  In Paphos the skies are bright blue, the skies are clear and the sites are godlike. The first destination that we explored first was the Kato Paphos Archaeological site. Whats cool about this place is that most of its sites and monuments date back to the prehistoric era all the way up until the middle ages. So every step you take is like walking through history which I find pretty cool.  Also shout out to Vern’s epic photo bombing skills, you made this photo 100 times better! 😀

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(Veronica and I at the Paphos Odeon)

While exploring the Archaeological park we experienced huge wind tunnels, sore eyes from all the beautiful views, and laughter from my never-ending karaoke moments (Everyone who knows me knows I can turn just about any moment into a musical and I am proud of that skill XD #KaraokeSkillsOnPoint).

I also want to thank Ryan for being a pretty awesome roommate and a great friend so far this semester! I always enjoy our random conversations about life, traveling and our random adventures!..Can not wait till we experience Northern Europe together dude!

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 (Ryan and I)

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The next place we went to on our tour was Aphrodite’s Rock. According to legend, Aphrodite (The Goddess of love, beauty and pleasure) was born from the foam of the waters around the rocks, which is why its known as Aphrodite’s rock.

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(Joey, Aaron, Caleb and I )

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(Aphrodite Rock)

The next day the group and I decided to go on a last-minute jeep safari tour! (My favorite activity of the week!). Our tour guides were full of energy the whole time and we got experience both an on road tour and an off-road tour of Paphos. The jeep that we were in had huge sub woofer in the back, we got to play music our own music at the highest volume, the jeep was super bumpy and our whole ride was just one big party! This tour was 8 hours of pure fun and sightseeing! #Epic

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The first place that our tour guides took us to was the Peiya sea caves. You can walk in and out of the caves and enjoy the beautiful masterpieces that god put on this earth 🙂SAM_1957

(Peiya Sea Caves)

The next part of our tour was the walking portion where we trekked though the Avakas George.

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Akavas George

(Vern, Abbey, Ellen, Bethany, Tiffany, Caleb, Aaron, Laura, Joey, Rachel)

Then we took a bathroom/lunch break where we enjoyed a lovely game of rock ball on the beach (No one got hurt during this game and all of the equipment were washed up supplies #OfCourseIt’sSafe)

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(Joey and Caleb) Hit it out of the park!

Aaron channeled his inner karate kid on top of these rocks.

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(Aaron)

and Vern became a “professional” rock sculptor 🙂

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(Ellen, Vern and I)

After our break, our next stop was Lara Beach aka the baby turtle beach! If you go during the summer months you can witness the birth of many baby turtles as well as learn about turtle conservation…Aaron was also practicing his inner Gandalf as well.

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Here’s our random safari jeep picture! Shout out to everyone who survived banging their head every time we drove on bumpy terrain.

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Our next and final stop in our Jeep Safari tour was the Adonis Baths Waterfalls. Our tour guides family owned this famous Cyprus location so he got us in free of charge! Legend has it that Adonis (The god of beauty) trained his horses  as well as had many children with Aphrodite at this location.

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(Myself, Aaron, Bethany and Ellen)

In the summer time many people come to Adonis falls to cliff dive and swim in its natural waters. Although it was not quite hot enough to cliff jump, my friends still all decided to jump off the 40 ft water fall. (I would have participated, but I just learned how to swim the day before this adventure).10409209_1062620167086055_6683383621938991316_n(Vern and I #QuenchThatThirst)11062774_932726000092297_5230627094762377430_o

Adonis Waterfalls

(Photo Credit: Caleb Kissiah)

Before heading back to Nicosia, we stopped for a few hours in Limmasol. The weather was warm, the waters were blue and sparking and the atmosphere was great.  We explored the Marina, bought some froyo and walked along the boardwalk until it was time to leave. I really enjoyed this week and  really can not believe this is my 9th blog post!

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(Caleb, Bethany and Rachel)SAM_2060

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(Rachel, Myself, Caleb, Bethany,Ellen and Abbey)

Go Pro Selfies for life!

P.S. Shout out to all them pears!

Remember if anyone has any questions about anything study abroad related feel free to email, Instagram or tweet me!

Email: stephanbrown15@gmail.com

Instagram: epic_steff

Twitter: Epic_Steff

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