The night was pretty rough. It was hot inside the tent and I discovered too late that outside there where too many biting insects to leave the door open.
I woke up before sunrise and watched it appear over the turquoise waters. First order of the day: swimming. Then: fixing the next flat tire. Another swim after breakfast.
Then I backtracked a few kilometers to the town of Taşucu to board the ferry to Cyprus.
Two hours later I was back in the EU! Hm, almost.
The island of Cyprus is home to two countries, but ‘country’ may not be the right word for Northern Cyprus.
After some clashes between the Greek Cypriot majority and the Turkish Cypriot minority in the 1970s, the northern part, then occupied by Turkey, declared itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in 1983. So far, only Turkey recognizes the TRNC as an independent country. That leads to an interesting fact: The Republic of Cyprus (the southern part) is considered by everyone else, including EU and UN, as the country that has control over all of (the island of) Cyprus.
So, while I’m in the EU from the EU’s point of view, I’m not from the local government’s one.
I’m in Girne/Kyrenia, where the ferry dropped me off. It’s hot here.