3 stages of Cyprus: stage 1 – ARRIVAL TO “BULGARIAN BUILDING SITE”

3 stages of Cyprus: stage 1 – ARRIVAL TO “BULGARIAN BUILDING SITE”

View of Protaras

When I have decided to drop the Uni and start travelling, I was hoping that this will be an unforgettable experience. That I will be able to explore new cultures, new places, learn how to be more tolerant and patient just as I will learn not to keen on my expectations so much.

With this thoughts I have started my second working trip, to Cyprus, not knowing that I will get all these lessons in this trip.

Just from the very beginning, this trip has been full of unexpected surprises, as my original plan was far away from going to Cyprus. My first idea was to go to Iceland, as I was always fascinated by this country, but after three months of no success with finding a job there, I gave up my hope and quickly changed my plan. Due to that within next two weeks, I have appeared in Cyprus, island on the other side of Europe. And basically, whole six months, that I have experienced there, were in the same spirit – full of unexpected events.

The reason why I have chosen this destination was very simple, it was the first place where I got a positive answer on my job application. And so the adventure has began. Full of enthusiasm I’ve packed my things and said goodbye to my homeland. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm didn’t last long and just when I have landed I was taken with a taxi to the hotel that took a place on the opposite side of an island than I expected.

Paphos-Protaras road
Map with highlighted way from Paphos to Protaras

The place I was supposed to be at, was Paphos and the place where I have appeared, was Protaras, city at the Cypriot borders. As I found out the hotel I was supposed to work at was owned by a Louis Hotels company and at the last minute, they have moved me into the hotel in Protaras owned by the same company. Well, that wouldn’t be such a big problem if, at least, they would tell me about it. However, after a small exchange of our views on this with my new boss, I have agreed to stay there. In the hotel resort, St. Elias that was about to be open in a month and a half and I was supposed to be working as a night guard until the hotel opens.

St. Elias being built, activity pool
St. Elias being built, activity pool
St. Elias being built, Water Slides
St. Elias being built, Water Slides
St. Elias being built, Relaxing pool area
St. Elias being built, Relaxing pool area

So I have stayed in this hotel as it was a very easy job there and I had time to explore and enjoy Cyprus. But the change of hotels and jobs wasn’t the only surprise after my arrival. Also, the accommodation that I was given was not very repaired and mainly I have shared my apartment with 3 Bulgarians that didn’t know a word in English and were very dirty. This was basically my first month in Cyprus, living in a dirty place surrounded by Bulgarian workers not being able to speak to anyone. Also when I went to the strip of Protaras everything was closed since it was April and the season hasn’t started yet.

Honestly, the reality was a bit different than my idea of perfect summer in Cyprus. And even though I have had a lot of free time and a nice weather, which was very nice for exploring the surrounding, I was still missing some company and therefore I was looking forward to the hotel opening.

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