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Travel Ideas: Cyprus

Few countries share the distinction of being a crossroad to three continents.  Whether that is a blessing or a curse is a vain question as  cards are played after they are dealt. For Cyprus , that distinction has provided a History of greater significance relative to its size. The small island has been coveted by great civilisations for millenniums, and even today this remains the case.

Troodos mountain range once rich in Copper (used for Bronze) and  depleted  of it since  the 80s . The word copper comes from the Greek name of the island Kupros.
Troodos mountain range once rich in Copper (used for Bronze) and depleted of it since the 80s . The word copper comes from the Greek name of the island Kupros.

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The multifaceted city of Taipei

I arrived at Taipei at the dead of night, a timing I am used to as there seems to be a correlation between cheap airfares and late night arrivals . I got some money out of the cash machine, made sure I had the Chinese Characters of the hotel, grabbed a cab and showed the driver my destination.   Less than hour later, I am in front of my hotel, on an empty street in the city of New Taipei.

New Taipei at the dead of night
New Taipei at the dead of night

I stayed at  Lion Hotel, which at  5 minutes walk  to Fuhzong subway station makes it practical despite its distance from  Taipei city centre.  The subway  trains in Taipei are spacious and clean, and to me its comfort level even at rush-hour is still acceptable. You can take 1–day, 2–day, 3–days and 5–days ticket from any station, explaining this to the ticket vendor is half the adventure :). Some English and sign language will do!

Fuzhong subway platform
Fuzhong subway platform

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Destination East Timor

Asia’s newest country  is moving silently in its transition to mature its Economy and Society. It is a country where a lot is still on the drawing board and where there is still opportunity to start things with best practices considered.  I guess you can say that East Timor is an El Dorado for Nation Building because a lot of the experiments are hits and misses.

Take Tourism for example, the industry is not well developed and people there are still not that used to tourists, but that for me is one of the big reasons why you should visit East Timor. People here are lot less consumer centric than in most countries you will have gone too. But I have to say that somehow the city has a 1 country 2 systems feel. The UN has had a large presence in the islands and it seems that there is a UN expat price and a local price. For example, foreigners are charged with a base price of 1 USD for a taxi but locals pay much less. It can be quite expensive in EastTimor though, the island does not have enough resources yet.

Locals at Dili Beach
Locals at Dili Beach

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