Just a quick update to say that I've arrived safe and sound in Cyprus and am enjoying myself quite well, though I find the vast cost increase over the third world a forboding omen of days to come. Speaking of which, boy the US dollar is falling in the world market. Can't we do something about that? One Cyprus Pound is almost two US dollars. Ack! Using the Internet actually takes two pounds an hour, which adds up to be a lot of money (though thankfully it's mighty quick -- you get what you pay for).
Cyprus is a beautiful island of which I have seen very little. I spent the first several days in Lemasol, the port town at which I arrived from Egypt. It's a nice town with plenty of old, twisting roads filled with pubs and cafes. Most of my time, however, has been spent -- you guessed it -- drinking tea and using my laptop. For the time being, my interest in the outside world has been usurped by some neat 3d graphics programming I've been able to do. That, and it's much cheaper... [more]