A strange start to the New Year and I have given myself a severe "talking-to", to ensure that 2015 is as positive experience for us as 2013 and 2014. In fact a positive frame of mind has been almost ever-present since we arrived in Cyprus.
Our big adventure, and yours if you are planning to follow in our footsteps this year or next, is to be resolutely positive about almost everything in this land of contrasts. It would be easy to make a list of the all the very best of Cyprus and the very worst of this intriguing land. Your and our research before making the move will help prepare you life here. In fact, this train of thought has been stimulated by the latest chapter in my ebook entitled "Cyprus ... what the guide books don't mention."
This chapter is full of the things you will, if you are at all like us, absolutely love about the island. And it is also full of the warts and carbuncles of Cypriot life. We were very aware of things like poor animal welfare, hunting and interesting driving habits but totally unprepared for the levels of political chicanery at all levels of society and the sheer incompetence of many of those who believe they have a right to rule. The "brown envelope" is everywhere and the greed of bankers, building developers and so-called lawyers is unbelievable.
If you don't buy property in Cyprus, and keep your money offshore, then you will be insulated from much of this. But it is there and increasingly apparent.
But, for all of this, we wouldn't be anywhere else. And, if you come with the right positive frame of mind, neither will you.