Birthday rocks in Cyprus

I haven’t really had a proper introduction to this new blog, this is because my vision for the blog is for it to be more like a platform or a hub for different people to share their passions, life experiences and issues and gain from a wealth of different perceptive on the situation, and not just that of myself and partner. But seeing as my birthday is just around the corner, it got me thinking about my last birthday, which was spent in Cyprus with a few friends from uni and was an amazing time. so today, I am letting you into the world of Morolayo Folami, mostly known as Layo, a happy, fun loving business graduate still finding herself on the journey of life
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My actual birthday was a stressful one as we did not sleep because we had to catch a 3-hour train to the airport and it was also a morning flight. The flight was so uncomfortable I couldn’t even sleep properly, but after the long night I just had, there was nothing coming in the way of my sleep. So after another 3 hours and a bit we were finally in Paphos city!
That evening was actually so funny because when we got there initially, it just looked like we had been thrown on to a deserted Island. Everywhere seemed to be closed, but we were so hungry that we didn’t even care, so we just went to the KFC near our hotel, that soon became our usual hangout haha. We sat down there for about an hour trying to look for a shisha lounge, club, bar, anything! But they were all closed, far or just dead.
So we decided to just leave and have our own mini house party in the hotel. So we got our drinks and went back to the hotel and started blasting our own music…. Of course the party was short-lived because the receptionist kept calling us with complaints lol
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When we woke up the next morning, it looked like we had just literally been dashed into another island. The sun was out and the day looked promising.
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We started our day off with breakfast and we were off to the beach to go parasailing.
But on the way I guess we all got so distracted and everyone was looking for different things so we eventually got split up. Haha I don’t know why this always happens to me..
At least luckily this time I wasn’t alone, it seemed like we had all split up in pairs. But instead of my friend and I to concentrate on looking for the others we got distracted by the scenery and had to stop to take pictures.
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After we all finally found each other we were all pretty pissed but one thing we all agreed on was we needed to stop at kfc for some krushems. When we finally all got some refreshments we were off again on our relentless search for this beach.
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We final found the beach and parasailing was such an amazing experience, I definitely recommend Nick’s watersports if you are ever in Paphos. They seemed very competent and it was all smooth sailing. It felt so relaxing just being in air and admiring the beautiful view.
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After parasailing we had to go back to the hotel to prepare for my birthday dinner, but first we needed to take more pictures.
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I actually soon got tired of taking pictures and jus wanted to go home and get some rest. We had been waking up so early and doing a lot of walking, isn’t a vacation supposed to be relaxing? I thought, but when everybody was ready we were off to the hotel.
We got ready and headed off to Oliveto Stonegrill restaurant, which was actually this lovely restaurant just right beside our hotel luckily the location was so convenient, ambience on point, I felt like a birthday princess but funny enough the only thing that concerned us once we got there was their fast and stable wifi connection, in other words, our eyes were glued to our phones.
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But it was still a lovely night regardless, Cypriots are actually very nice people, they were actually treating us like celebrities, few people actually stopped us to take pictures with us, I don’t know if it was because we just looked different from their usual spec but they taught we were ‘models’ they said…
Anyway after our first proper meal it was time to go back and get rested for our upcoming adventure. The next morning we got up really early at like 7 am for a tour with Eco tour adventures, if you’re ever in Paphos, that is something you should do, just ask for Andreas, he was a very interesting tour guide. He showed us the beautiful Paphos villages that had now become abandoned due to urbanisation and everyone leaving to the bigger cities. It just reminded me of Nigeria and how everyone has abandoned their villages to search for greener pastures in Lagos.
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We went wine tasting where we also learnt about the production process of their indigenous wines.
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 Lool at the look on my face.. I wonder what i was looking at.
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Then we saw the Aphrodite’s rock. The myth is ‘‘anyone that swims or takes a bath in the water would be blessed with eternal beauty’’ so you know I had to get me some of that. Lool
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But it was a brilliant trip, I really learnt a lot this time and I hope to take trips like this more often.
Written by: Morolayo Folami

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