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Kareem Yasin's Cyprus

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38 Ouzounian Street, Nicosia 1010, Cyprus
On the last Saturday of every month, the 'Gynaikobazaro' (Women's Market) is held in a side street of the pedestrian Onasagorou avenue. The practice dates back to, well, years before I was born, but it's been resurrected by hipsters. Along with...
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38 Ouzounian Street, Nicosia 1010, Cyprus
Kleftiko is an old Greek dish of meat and potatoes whose name literally means "stolen". Back in times of war, scavenging Greeks would steal meat or animals and cook them in earth pots buried underground (don't ask me how) to avoid being caught. At...
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Nicosia, Cyprus
The walled old town in Nicosia is covered in graffiti dating back to various periods of turmoil in the capital: the 1955 fight for independence; the ethnic conflict of the '60s; and the war and occupation of 1974. On this side street, old and...
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Kyrenia District
The main harbour in Kyrenia, Cyprus. This is one of the most popular places in town to go for a drink or ekmek kataif (a Turkish dessert) after a day at the beach. Obviously it's a bit touristy, but since there are relatively few of those in north...
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Famagusta
Looking around the abandoned Venetian churches in northern Cyprus, I was surprised to find traces of the religious murals that usually cover the walls of Orthodox churches. Considering that the ceiling had collapsed and the building had been...
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Pyla, Cyprus
My friend gets her quad bike stuck in a bush while driving them around Pyla, the last ethnically mixed village in Cyprus (officially, that is; there are two more - Potamia and Rizokarpaso - but the residents in those are refugees and settlers)....
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Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus
The remains of a Venetian-style church in the abandoned village of Ayios Sozomenos, a 10 minute drive from the capital Nicosia. It was likely built in the pre-Ottoman period, like a number of the churches in Cyprus. The village was abandoned...
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Lykabittos, Nicosia, Cyprus
Wonder what to do with all those old buttons? In Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cyprus) I saw a market in Nicosia that displayed these relics in a fun and colorful way. I love how the buttons are individually nailed, and can be purchased one by one, or...
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Nicosia, Cyprus
On the 'Greek' side of Lefkosia's (Nicosia's) walled city, adjacent to the Phaneromeni Church, is a tiny, abandoned mosque. Just behind it is Mattheos, a quaint little restaurant frequented almost exclusively by locals. The owners serve a...
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Maraş, Gazimağusa
A view of the abandoned resort town of Varosha, which was the Greek Cypriot quarter of Famagusta. It was evacuated during the invasion of 1974 and has been closed off by the military since. While sad, it makes for a spectacular view (photo here...
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Arch Makarios Avenue 12, Platres 4820
In Kemal Square, Famagusta - the largest city in northern Cyprus - sits the most awkwardly named mosque in the world. Officially the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, this converted cathedral is labelled on a lot of street signs as 'St. Nicholas Mosque'....
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Famagusta
One of many, many dilapidated cathedrals in northern Cyprus. Most of theme were built by the Venetians when they ruled the island, and then converted to Greek-Orthodox churches under Ottoman rule. Unfortunately, the authorities there aren't doing...
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Small it may be, but one thing I miss about Cyprus is the fact that you're always running into things like "Cyclops Cave" and "Aphrodite's Baths". Still on the lookout for "Hermes' Toilet" and "Hera's Herb Garden", though. This cave is at Konnos...
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Ekali, Limassol, Cyprus
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11, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
With a name like "The Bread Shop," it stands to reason that the bread at this little establishment must be something special. And, sure enough, it is. This bakery cafe is located in the residential area of Bukit Damansara, hidden amidst a short...
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Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
The Night Market (or "Pasar Malam" in Malay) can be found at various places throughout K.L. and Malaysia. It's an open-air market which starts around 4 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. You can find a variety of things for sale. From fresh meat and...