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Cyprus – First OOK Trip

  We’ve had our first OOK (out of kingdom) trip. There were 12 days off from school (and almost that many from work) for national and religious holidays and we went to Cyprus. This is one of the great  advantages of living in Saudi Arabia. Our flight to Cyprus was less than three hours and we didn’t even leave our timezone. Our friends on camp are all on the same work/school schedule so there are many opportunities to travel with friends as we did this time. We stayed in the Greek part of Cyprus, specifically the area around Pafos. There are five major catagories of activities to do on Cyprus: see archeology sites, visit wineries, visit Aphrodite related sites, and see Byzantine related sites such as churches and monesteries and water sports  – Oh  – and enjoy food and drink not available in Saudi Arabia. We did some of all of the above but there is more to do in each catagory that we can enjoy on our next trip to Cyprus.  Though we were in an area where the native people speak Greek, many people there speak English (and drive on the left side of the road) due to British influence. The British were the last in the long line of countires that ruled Cyprus before their independence. Many British people use Cyprus as their beach escape for a holiday or retirement.

I have posted some Picassa albums of photos from the trip. One album shows the sea caves and rocky coastline near where we stayed. One shows archealogy sites we saw and one shows our visit to a winery. I have more albums to process and put up in the next few days.  To see the albums go to   .  I’d love to have your comments on the blog and albums. And we would love to hear from all of you anytime.

7 Responses

  1. omg not enough pictures of me

  2. Well, if you really want me to add some Danielle photos, i’ve got a few really embarrasing ones. On second thought maybe i should put those particular ones on Facebook.

  3. Wow….love to hear about your Cyprs trip and the photos. I would love to have a blog and the picture albums like you do…..I’m clueless….can you help me? This is exactly what our family and friends have asked us to do…provide details and pictures of our adventures. Thanks again, Karen!

  4. HI Leslie,

    Cyprus was amazing. So close – less than 4 hours by plane but totally different scenery and culture. We need to go back to see and do more.

    You can start your blog tonight. Go to and sign up. It is free. People also like blogspot. I use Picassa for most of my pictures. It is also free from google. Check back when you get your blog and I’ll try to help you with your next step. Its easy.

  5. Loved the pictures. My wife and I did Cyprus 5 years ago, ironically staying at Pafos as well. In your future trips, you might consider Turkey which in our experience, the people were a lot warmer and friendlier than the Cyprus folks plus more things to do and see.
    Since we’ve been in KSA for almost 8 years, in our experience, also consider Egypt (great) Jordan (super great), Italy (Tuscany especially) or Thailand, Cambodia, Australia or New Zealand for relatively inexpensive get aways. And of course all of Europe beckons but it isn’t cheap.

  6. Thank you for the travel leads. We would love to go to all those places and will definitely be planning trips. One daughter will go on the Turkey Sailing trip this spring with school and reading the iteneary I so want to do that. Another daughter will do a school trip to Cambodia. Do you have a blog or public photo album of your travel photos? Our December trip is to the British Virgin Islands sailing for 10 days. And maybe we can go to Turkey next fall. Are you in Khobar or Dhahran or elsewhere in the kingdom?

  7. Sky King, did you just see Cyprus pictures on the blog or did you see the Picassa albums?

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